Prayer warriors needed for oppressive North Korea

By November 3, 2005

North Korea (MNN) — North Korea is a difficult place. Hard-line communism restricts all kinds of freedom in this nation. The government is especially hard on known Christians. And, that’s why Open Doors USA is recruiting an army of believers around the world to blanket the country in prayer.

Jerry Dykstra is with Open Doors, USA and says North Korea has topped their ‘World Watch List’ of nations where persecution of Christians is the worst. “And, for that reason, we’ve launched this North Korean Prayer Campaign. What we hope to do is have people praying 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Christians in North Korea.”

The goal is to pray 10 minutes a week, says Dyksta. “To cover the whole 24 hours/seven days a week we need approximately 1,000 people to sign up. And, we hope to get those 1,000 people by the end of the year. So, we have two months. Wouldn’t that be wonderful to know that people are praying around the clock for North Korean Christians.”

The need for prayer is great as many are suffering. Dykstra explains. “They’re suspected to detain more political and religious prisoners than any other country in the world. And, we believe that the are approximately 200,000 to 300,000 political prisoners and many of those are Christians. And, of course those Christians are treated worse than the regular prisoners.”

Dykstra says President Kim Jong Il’s influence is something that needs prayer. “People are brainwashed. Kim Jong Il is considered a god. Our hope is that the worship of Kim Jong Il will be replaced by the only one true God.”

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