Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hope in a hopeless nation

It's hard to imagine what life is like in North Korea. The stories and testimonies that come out of this restrictive nation are incredibly tragic and difficult to even comprehend. From famine to imprisonment to public executions, it is clear that the reality in North Korea is worlds apart from our environment in Canada.

With this backdrop in mind, it is amazing that North Korean Christians are able to respond to this harsh reality with love, grace, and even joy. 2

The March edition of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter shares some of these stories of North Korean believers who have remained firm in their faith despite the trials they face. It is our prayer that these incredible stories of how God is working to bring hope to the most hopeless of situations will inspire and challenge you.

To give you an idea of reality of North Korea, watch the trailer of the movie Crossing below. This film is a featured resource you can purchase in the March newsletter, so be sure to sign up for your free copy today. You can check out other helpful resources to learn about North Korea here

Disclaimer: This film is not about a Christian family nor was it made by a Christian group. This movie is an honest portrayal of the horrors of life in North Korea. It is depressing, gritty, and contains a few situations where profanity is used.

Regular viewers and readers of VOM material will notice that this does not contain the stories of courageous victory and overcoming faith that they are used to seeing. These elements are missing from this story because Christ is missing from the story. The stories of North Korean Christians contained in the March newsletter do contain the faith and courage that is typical of persecuted Christians around the world.

As you can see from the trailer, the film is in Korean with English subtitles. The movie does include some profanity and while not bloody, it is very graphic and blunt. Parents are advised to review the film before allowing children of any age to watch.

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