You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Matthew 10:22 (NIV)
Martha is a devoted operative who risks her life each time she crosses the North Korea border. She has smuggled food into the hermit country for many years, and has won many souls for the Lord. On a recent trip inside, Martha learned that a dear friend, “Kim”, had been arrested by the North Korean police because she was found with a Bible. Her friend has not been heard from since. It is likely that she is in a prison camp.
- That Kim can physically feel God’s presence and that she will “stand firm to the end.”
- That God frees her from the clutches of the North Korean authorities
- For a boldness in Kim to preach the Gospel to those she encounters, thus winning more souls for Christ.
Please leave your prayers for Martha and Kim as comments below. We will be sure to pass along your encouragement to them.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Several years ago Jesse and his wife Erin fled their Kachin village in Burma after the army burned it to the ground. They made their way to Thailand, where they lived near a refugee camp and gathered with a few people to worship on Sundays. Word about the church spread, motivating Jesse to pick up people from nearby villages using his scooter – thus dubbing this growing congregation of over 100 The Scooter Church. (Read more about the Scooter Church here and here).
Jesse has recently heard from his sister and explains,
“At the present time a war is going on between the Kachin people and the Burmese Military Government, the Burmese Government would like to get their hands on the natural resources in that area (uranium, jade, rubies, gold, timber, etc.). The Kachin people are determined that their homeland should not be robbed. The Kachin Army of 10,000 men, armed with a few old weapons and a small amount of ammunition is facing the full force of the massive Burmese Army of 400,000 men with their high-tech equipment. 50 of my friends have already died in the fighting. My sister is in the army and she sent a message to say that in one day her camp was bombed 20 times by Russian built MIG jet fighters. Amazingly very little of this news gets into the outside world, and what news does come out is often inaccurate.”
Jessie asks that you Please pray:
- For peace, and pray that the Kachin people will be able to retain their own homeland
- That we will be shown how to respond to the massive orphan children problem that is developing.
- Also for our many Christian friends and Christian high-ranking officials who live in the area.
- For the Scooter Church to reach more people in the area with the Gospel.
Please leave your prayers for Jesse’s sister and the Kachin people below. We will forward your encouraging words along to them.
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Read a heartfelt appeal from the Kachin here
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32 (NIV)
In the past few weeks, the (primarily Buddhist) Burmese Army has attacked villages in the predominantly Christian Kachin State. Burma’s government has denied any wrongdoing, blaming some attacks on the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and blaming embassies, media, and aid groups for “fabricating news”.
Our sources in Kachin have relayed the following tragic story:
“29 January, 2013 The Burmese Army fired on the town of Mayan, killing a mother and her nine year old son, and injuring three other family members. The town was under government control, and villagers are shocked and angry because the government has blamed the attack on the KIA. In fact, the KIA has not been in Mayan for over a year.
Locals reported that some Burmese Army (BA) troops were drunk and fired their guns. The BA artillery unit 372 was alarmed by the shots and reacted by firing artillery into the town, which directly hit the Jangmaw house. Since then, the army unit has offered 300,000 Kyat to the family (about $350).
- For the friends and family of the Jangmaws. That as they lean into their faith, God will comfort them.
- For the constant fighting in Kachin State to end.
- That the truth of Kachin State is made known. The battle for the state is not one of governmental control, land, or even natural resources; it is a spiritual battle. Pray for God’s army to completely overwhelm the forces of evil with the love of Christ.
(Please share your prayers for the Kachin people, and specifically the Jangmaw family below. We will be sure to relay your prayers to the family.)
So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NIV)
A discipleship and training center inside China secretly hosts North Korean Christians. The guests stay for about a week, spending much of their time in prayer and Bible teaching. The guests share their astonishment and appreciation for multiple daily meals.
The center’s staff rejoiced when they learned a recent guest was a Christian North Korean soldier. Since the initial visit, the soldier has brought other believing soldiers to the center for Biblical teaching and food.
- In thanksgiving for the news of Christian North Korean soldiers who are hungry for encouragement and Biblical teaching.
- For the center’s guests to leave filled with the Word and the hope of Jesus Christ
- That the Lord blesses the country of North Korea with a depth of believers who will usher in a time of revival in the country.
And I ask you…to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News.
Philippians 4:3a (NLT)
“Mrs. Kim” has worked tirelessly for years to bring food and the Lord’s encouragement to believers inside North Korea. What started as a labor of love for one Christian family has turned into a network that sustains 180 families.
Mrs. Kim has recently made a delivery inside the repressive country of North Korea and her team “inside” is now in the process of distributing food, medicine and the Good News.
- For Mrs. Kim’s protection as she accompanies different teams through their distribution process. She meets with and disciples several families during each trip inside.
- That Mrs. Kim meets, and is able to share the Gospel, with at least two new families this trip.
- That the Lord brings Mrs. Kim a co-laborer in Christ who can be trained as a back up in case of an emergency.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
Fighting between the Burmese government forces has intensified this week in the western state of Kachin. Helicopter and jet attacks have been reported almost every day for the past three weeks. There have been numerous casualties, including some unintended ones.
The funeral for three Kachin boys, killed when a bunker they were playing in collapsed Jan 15, 2013.
Camps designed to shelter the tens of thousands displaced by they Kachin conflict have fashioned earthen bunkers to provide some protection against aerial attacks. International news reported the story of three boys who were killed last Tuesday when a bunker they were playing in collapsed on top of them. The boys’ families are friends of an Alpha Relief operative.
The funeral for the boys, Labya Gam (13), Kareng Tu (11), and his brother Lahpai Tu (12), was held Wednesday.
- For the Gam and Tu families. That they sense God’s comfort and peace in their loss.
- That through this continued time of war, their faith in the Lord grows deeper.
- For the ceasefire penned by the Burmese government, and that the Burmese Army honors its government’s decree
- For successful negotiations between the Kachin and the Burmese government
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Inside North Korea, Dan listened to Christian programming on an illegal radio where he discovered that there were Chinese missionaries who would help defectors. That information became vital when he learned that his neighbors overheard the broadcast and he had to escape before being reported and sent to prison.
Dan relocated to South Korea, where the separation from his family became overwhelming, and he drank to escape the loneliness and depression. God met him in that place by bringing him a friend who invited him to a church, and he received the Lord.
- In thanksgiving for the church who encouraged Dan, discipled him, and found
him a job
- With intercession for Dan, since he is now broadcaster of the Gospel into North Korea
- For the listeners of Dan’s broadcasts inside North Korea to come to know Jesus
- In praise of God’s goodness and faithfulness for bringing Dan’s wife and children to him in South Korea
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV)
Joseph, one of Alpha Relief’s faithful operatives, has repeatedly risked his life to meet the needs of the persecuted church in North Korea. Early last year, when Joseph was seriously ill, you prayed for him. His health rebounded, and the prayers you shared on this site humbled him.
We have just learned that was readmitted to the hospital. His blood pressure is extremely high, and despite adhering to a rigorous diet, his diabetes is getting worse.
- That doctors are able to stabilize Joseph’s blood pressure and diabetes
- That God sustains and heals him
- That Joseph and his wife “do not lose heart” and are “renewed day by day”.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
(3 John 1:4 NIV)
Once a month, forty children walk for two hours through the landmine-infested jungles of Burma to reach a predetermined meeting place, on the border with Thailand. Once there, they are supplied by Alpha Relief operatives with enough rice, eggs, chicken, vegetables, cooking oil and fish paste to feed them for the next month—and then the children walk two hours back to their home in Burma.
Christian caregivers are now the guardians of these dear children. Their parents were killed by attacks on their villages by the Burma Army, but through His faithfulness, God provides for them.
- For the children’s continued growth in Christ through the support and dedication of their caregivers.
- The children’s safe passage each month as they collect their monthly food supplies.
- For sponsors to emerge who will fund the $400/ month food costs.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 NIV)
The Lord answered your prayers as we met with North Korean escapees this month, and He surprised us with an unplanned encounter.
“Mrs. Ro” was visiting China when she learned that North Korean authorities would arrest her upon her return. Her family couldn’t protect her from incarceration at a prison camp, so she used the Underground Railroad to join her brother in South Korea.
Although her brother is a believer, Mrs. Ro is not. She is resentful and angry that she can no longer be with her husband, children and grandchildren. She is suffering from depression and is having a difficult time adjusting to her new environment.
- That this Christmas, the love of Jesus Christ breaks through and Mrs. Ro accepts Him as her Savior.
- As you celebrate the birth of our Lord, that there is birth in the hearts of those who have not yet accepted His gift of salvation.
- John 3:16 over the dark country of North Korea; that the people will believe in him and not perish, but have eternal life.
Please share your prayers for Mrs. Ro as a comment below.