“The Church of Jesus Christ is the only bright spot in Korea’s current bleak landscape.” This was said 54 years ago by missionary author Ark Campbell when he wrote about the devastation that followed the South Korean attack on the South. He offers many examples of this brilliance.
The sounds of people praising Jesus from the boarded-up house: “Yesoo, Yesoo, KvihanYesoo …” (“Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus …”).
The amputee proudly displays his shopping cart, which allows him to earn a living. He received a prosthesis and therefore the opportunity to run such a business at the Christian Center for the Disabled.
A small “church building” made from scrap wood from United States Army packaging boxes. The roof is rusted corrugated iron, carefully riddled with bullet holes. The remnants of the powerful North Korean church have now been reduced to refugee status and possibly 20 people. But by faithfully continuing, I am happy to serve Jesus.
The orphans found by the people of God were embraced, loved, and brought into the Kingdom of God by the thousands as Christendom slowly listened to the terrible tragedy and insists on being included in the healing process.
Personally, I don’t know much about the “guts” of North Korea today, but I dare say that “the church of Jesus Christ is the only bright spot on [North] Korea’s dark scene today.” This is what Christ is.
Somewhere in the mountains outside Heryung, a man of God secretly serves God-starved prisoners in a concentration camp. I’m sure of that. And life goes on, and many go to eternity, rejoicing that they have found life before death.
I am sure that in a village in the northeast of the country, citizens who returned from their stay in China, where they faced the claims of Jesus, are now transmitting those claims to brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and many others.
Somewhere in the field, a child stumbles upon a bright orange ball covered with Bible verses, or a huge bag of brochures to distribute to parents. Others get radios with which they can learn the story of the gospel. This is because Jesus will not allow anyone to perish in the dark without light.
All we as Korean Jesus ask in our prayers is to let this light shine a little more. Some more transformed lives, a little more of the glory of God on some more faces. And then a little more. Finally, the night turns into day.
Those of us who pray for such revival in our day must remember that the Spirit of God is poured out for a reason. The persecution followed Pentecost and is likely to be persecution. What is the difference in North Korea from 100 years ago? How should we encourage our hearts to humble ourselves before God! The “This can’t be here” mentality has ever been wrong.