More than 100 years ago, One Mission Society missionaries discipled, trained, and sent out two young Korean students, Kim Sang-jun and Jung Bin, from the OMS-established Tokyo Bible Institute in Japan back to Korea to share the Gospel with the Korean people.
From the beginning, OMS has been intentional about training the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people. This dedication has helped in the phenomenal growth of the OMS-founded Korea Evangelical Holiness Church (KEHC), which today has more than 3,000 churches and nearly 1 million members!
Before the division of North and South Korea, there were also about 3,000 churches in the north, with 132 of them being OMS related. And then the Korean War came, and those churches were laid waste while most Christians fled south to safety. Those that didn’t were most likely martyred.
Today, evangelism in North Korea (NK) is impossible. For the last 16 years, Open Door’s World Watch List has ranked it number one for persecuted Christians. Over 70,000 Christians live in prison camps as a result of their faith, suffering forced labor, starvation, and sexual abuse.
More than 20 million North Koreans live in darkness, having NEVER heard the Gospel.
North Korea is indeed a dark place, but OMS, along with our South Korea partners, is piercing the darkness of NK with the light of Christ. Here’s how:
1. We are equipping North Korean defectors.
Koreans have been a divided people for decades, but a gradual reunification process is taking place through the arrival of North Korean defectors in
South Korea. These refugees face numerous obstacles to integration into South Korean society, but they also provide valuable insight into the issues Koreans will face after reunification.
Our ministry partner, Sarangnaru, reaches out to North Korean refugees and helps them integrate into South Korean society by providing group homes for teens and young adults and after-school tutoring for elementary children and their parents, among other ministries. In this way, North Korean defectors and their families are evangelized, discipled, and prepared to make a valuable contribution to reunification.
2.We are equipping North Korean transients.
Risking their lives for a better future, an estimated 100,000 to 300,000
have crossed the border into neighboring nations. With discretion and care, we
are evangelizing, discipling, and training North Koreans who travel to nearby
nations to return to share the Gospel within their family groups and, when
feasible, help plant underground house churches.
This holiday season, we are taking the light of Jesus into the darkest place in the world, North Korea. Will you join us in this initiative?
A small gift of $34 will evangelize, train, and disciple one North Korean to reach his or her nation for Christ.
Please help us give light to North Korea by giving online here.