Following Jesus has a cost. All North Korean believers must accept this daily reality. It is said if you lose sight of the will to die a martyr for one second in North Korea, you may lose your belief in God.

The police found a Bible in a middle-aged believer’s home during a search. They arrest him and sent him to prison.

Eye witnesses tell of his beating, so severe the guards deform his face and he is convinced he will die in prison.

“I’ve known this man for a long time,” says a Christian friend of the prisoner. “When he came to faith, he made the decision that one day he would die for Christ.” Every Christian in North Korea must make this decision, or you cannot carry the burden.

“I am convinced he can take the suffering because he constantly reminds himself of the joy that is set before him,” the friend reports.

In North Korea and many other nations, Christians reveal the supremacy of Jesus because they look at the reward. Jesus is everything to these followers. He calls us to suffer and bear the reproach He endured.

The book of Hebrews says it best, “So Jesus also suffered outside the gate (of the city) in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:12-14 ESV

Thank you for your prayers for the suffering believers around the world!

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. He pastors Faith Church of Grove on East Highway 10.