I love a summer downpour. Blame it on my Seattle upbringing, but to me it’s a refreshing break from the heat, not to mention a much-needed cleansing of all things sticky—I just feel cleaner after it pours down.
It’s no wonder then why the Bible uses the cycles of weather as an analogy when describing the effects of Scripture on mankind. Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT) says, “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
This verse perfectly describes our ministry to North Korea. As you may know, ICC has worked hard to send Bibles to North Korea. The usual means of smuggling in Scripture (picture little books strapped to a person’s stomach) don’t cut it in this region, as it is heavily guarded to keep out the Word of God. So we needed to get creative. Instead, we have been sending Bibles up and over the border in hot air balloons! The GPS-tracked balloons are launched and float along the forests of North Korea, landing throughout the region, and raining down the Word of God for the emotionally robbed and spiritually hungry Koreans.
The people here have been abused, misled and robbed of the hope of Jesus Christ, and we refuse to ignore their plight. We are passionate about building the Church as well as bandaging it. And as this verse clearly states, the Word of God is life-giving: it always produces fruit!
As of this month, we are ecstatic to report that 10,000 Bibles have been sent to North Korea! In addition, ICC has sent 131,383 Bibles throughout the world in the past year to China, Burma, Iran and Afghanistan. Thank you so much to all of our “Bibles to the Persecuted” donors. You make this possible!
Dear Lord, thank you so much for the gift of your Word. Thank you that it is life-giving, and for the promise that it will prosper wherever you send it. We ask that as we do our part in making the Scriptures available, you will work miraculously to connect Korean believers and seekers to the Bibles. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!