For years, Rebecca* was a fieldworker, supporting North Korean refugee women. “I worshipped God with them, studied the Word with them and provided them with what they needed.”
Has anyone in North Korea had Covid-19? Will North Korea be getting a vaccine? How can you pray for the persecuted believers in North Korea as the pandemic continues? Here, Timothy, a North Korean escapee whose name we’ve changed to protect his identity, answers these and other questions.
By the time Yeong Woo was 22, he had suffered greatly for his faith. He had only become a Christian several years previously, but had already been imprisoned and tortured four times after repeatedly escaping and fleeing from North Korea.
“Your name is the first thing they take. Then they take your freedom. They take your health. They take away the presence of other people.
They take your clothes. And your hair. And finally, they take away the daylight.”
Her parents served in the underground church in North Korea for decades. She managed to escape from North Korea earlier this year where she visited an Open Doors safe house and received food, fellowship and pastoral care. After she was strengthened physically and spiritually, she was able to return to North Korea.
The “ghost disease.” That’s what North Koreans call COVID-19. “People can be sick without knowing it,” Brother Simon*, Open Doors’ coordinator for ministry among North Koreans, says. “They are usually malnourished already. Then suddenly, they die quickly. Some even just fall dead on the ground. It’s an invisible killer.”