The following was sent to our The Voice of the Martyrs supporters in email yesterday. In case you don't receive our email updates, I wanted to share it with you also. — Stacy
As this e-mail is being written, VOM-sponsored workers are on a boat off the coast of North Korea launching helium-filled scripture balloons over one of the darkest nations on earth. As workers packed the vessel and prepared to leave, they learned that North Korea's iron-fisted dictator, Kim Jong Il, had suddenly died of a heart attack.
While the world speculates about the future of North Korea, VOM's field director says, “It's business as usual. We're in ministry, not politics.”
Christians in North Korea continue to face brutal persecution. Many are imprisoned in labor “death” camps, where they are subjected to starvation and torture.
Sister Yang was tortured for a month after being suspected of being a Christian. A woman sitting near Sister Yang had overheard her praying quietly and reported her to authorities.
“They beat me with a shovel,” Sister Yang told VOM. “Eventually my whole body had turned blue.”