Christian Group Continues to Deliver Bibles to North Korea via Balloons

06/29/2020 North Korea (International Christian Concern) – Despite the South Korean government’s recent attempt to ban balloon launches to North Korea by defectors groups, fearing that it may further infuriate Pyongyang amid a deteriorated relationship, a South Korean based Christian group successfully launched balloons carrying digital Bibles into North Korea last Thursday.

According to NK News, who attended the launch from a location adjacent to the border, Voice of Martyrs Korea (VOMK) released four white balloons filled with helium gas and an unspecified number of bibles at around 19:50 from the border island of Ganghwa-do.

“When we expect a high-level of enforcement, we do a small launch,” Pastor Eric Foley, leader of the Christian persecution watchdog, who personally launched the balloons told NK News. VOMK has launched up to 80 balloons at a time in the past.

Although he foresaw his action could be blocked by the police, authorities made no effort to stop his van from reaching the launch point, with no checkpoints set up along the way or any pursuit by unmarked cars. This stood in contrast to VOMK’s previous efforts earlier in the month to float bottles containing bibles, rice, and vitamins from a location near the border, where a police roadblock halted his plan.

VOMK uses pre-filled balloons to carry USB flash drive loaded with official North Korean translations of the bible with slight modifications. The GPS transmitters attached to the balloons indicated that the balloons have landed in North Korea.

Pastor Foley allowed NK News to tag along, because “We as a Christian ministry… hope people can see that the tactical act of balloon launching is not dangerous,” he said. “We launch using non-flammable helium using biodegradable latex balloons and GPS tracking.”

He is also ready to face any possible consequences for his launches. Pastor Foley stated,
“We have had 36 people killed — men and women who laid down their lives — whose only crime was Christian activity. So we cannot exempt ourselves from those punishments.”

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