North Korean Underground Churches to Pray for American Christians on Sunday

by Michael Ireland

North KoreaAs Christians living in America, we can often feel sorry for believers in other countries who are not as “well off” as we are in the West.

Millions of Christians around the world will unite in prayer for the persecuted church this Sunday (Nov.11), remembering those Christians experiencing persecution, who couple their experiences with thankfulness to God for “the privilege of suffering for His name’s sake.”

But the founder of one organization that partners with the North Korean underground church says that it’s the American church, not the North Korean church, for which North Korean Christians pray with concern.

In a media release, Reverend Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, says he was surprised when he first asked members of the North Korean underground church how Americans could pray for them.

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“They answered, ‘You pray for us? We pray for you!’ When I asked why, they responded, ‘Because Western Christians often put so much faith in their prosperity and political freedoms that they don’t know what it’s like to have to depend completely on God. And because of that, they often do not get to know him in all the ways he invites us to.'”

Foley is the author of the new book, These Are the Generations, a rare, first-person account of generational imprisonment and Christian faithfulness of one North Korean family. The story begins with the experience of the family patriarch in World War II and continues through the imprisonment and escape of his grandson, one of the book’s co-authors…

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