A video recently released by Voice of the Martyrs tells the story of a North Korean man whose life was changed after a Chinese pastor befriended him and told him about God. The missionary work of the pastor, who was executed by a Korean squad in April 2016, is now being credited with leading to the discipleship of more than 1,000 North Koreans.
“In primary school, we were taught that all missionaries were terrorists,” the man, simply identified as Sang-chul, outlines in the production. “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, however, came face-to-face with a missionary after he surreptitiously crossed the border from North Korea into China to pick mushrooms in the woods. He was married at this point and could not find any work or food. Sang-chul thought that perhaps he could sell the mushrooms to make money.
However, as he was picking, he was approached by a man who offered to sell the mushrooms for him. Sang-chul later learned that the kind man was a pastor, named Hun.
Over the next two years, Hun helped Sang-chul pick and sell mushrooms. Sang-chul wondered why as Hun could get in trouble for providing assistance to a North Korean.
“It is because I am a Christian,” Hun replied.
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