Missionary Helped Lead 1,000 North Koreans to Christ Before Being Killed, Report Says
A Chinese missionary living along the border with North Korea shared the gospel with and discipled to 1,000 North Koreans before being killed by assassins working for the Pyongyang government, according to a new report from Voice of the Martyrs.
The missionary, Han Chung-Ryeol or simply “Pastor Han,” lived in China near the border of the so-called Hermit Kingdom and regularly told defectors about God. One of those defectors was a man known as Sang-chul, who recounted his interaction with the pastor in a new Voice of the Martyrs video.
“Pastor Han gave his life,” Sang-chul said. “But he gave hope to me and many other North Koreans.”
The video was produced for International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, which is Nov. 3 this year.
As a child, Sang-chul was taught that “all missionaries were terrorists.”
“They told us that a missionary will be nice to you at first, but when they get you into their homes, then they will kill you and eat your liver,” Sang-chul said.
As an adult, Sang-chul fled across the border because he had no work or food in his village. He picked mushrooms to sell and make a living yet was hampered because he didn’t speak the language of the Chinese.
“But in the mountains, I met a man. He said, ‘I can sell those for you.’ And he didn’t cheat me. He
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