Free North Korea Radio Airs Hope and Gospel, Changes Lives
05/08/2020 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) – Free North Korea Radio (FNKR) is a beacon of light into the darkness of authoritative North Korea, speaking God’s Word through the radio and openly praying for a revival. The radio, operated by North Korean defectors, airs a gospel program twice a day, broadcasting daily reading of Bible passages, sermons by South Korean Christians as well as North Korean defector pastors explaining the Gospel and Christianity, Christian music and the drama on the life of Jesus Christ.
On December 21, 2019, an informant living in Sinuiju, North Korea called FNKR and asked the radio to teach him how to pray through the gospel program of FNKR. Because of this request, FNKR decided to prepare a new program to teach listeners— from one of the most closed-off countries— how to pray from the Bible: 1. You should avoid praying to be seen by others. 2. Go into your room and close the door and pray to God who is unseen. 3. When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans. Last but not least, the prayer Jesus taught us: The Lord’s Prayer.
On December 29, 2019, a missionary of a Chinese-Korean church in Yanji, China, who listens to FNKR, asked the radio to send him 3,000 Bibles so they could be smuggled into North Korea. FNKR soon asked a pastor who is serving the North Korean mission team in Korean Churches Association, to follow through on this request.
The FNKR is able to air the gospel program successfully into North Korea, allowing it to expand the program from 5-10 minutes a day to a full 30-minute separate program, now airing twice a day with 30-minute intervals, one in the morning and one in the evening. The beginning of every interval starts with letting the North Korean believers know that supporters from the United States are praying for them, that they are not alone.
Despite North Korea’s abuse, indoctrination, and human rights violations, many defectors have escaped and lived to tell their stories. One such man was Choi Kwang-il*, a 48-year-old defector from Cheongjin, who escaped recently to South Korea. He visited FNKR station and told them how the radio helped him continue his faith. His grandmother was a long time Christian and she carried an old Bible with her. He heard the gospel from the radio station back in North Korea and was able to continue reading the Bible after his grandmother had died. Through his testimony, FNKR is able to understand the pure hearts of North Korean underground Christians who believe in God and rely on God for everything.
Suzanne Scholte, Chairman of the North Korean Freedom Coalition, told ICC that while the media and foreign policy experts are all speculating about Kim Jong Un’s well-being and who would take over if he is dead or incapacitated, our focus instead should be on the people of North Korea. She said, “What an opportune time for us to reject this demonic regime, call for an end to the Kim dynastic reign of terror, and broadcast on Free North Korea Radio our hopes that leaders would rise up to serve the people of North Korea and not the Kim regime! We need to be broadcasting His hopes and dreams that North Korea would see another Pyongyang Great Revival even greater than the one in 1907.”
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*Name changed for security reasons.