Pray for: North Korea

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Pyongyang
Population: 25,887,045
% Urban: 62.6 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 20 %
Official Language: Korean
Languages: 1
Literacy Rate: 99 %
% Christian: 1.5 %
% Evangelical: 1 %
Largest Religion: Non-religious
% Largest Religion: 69.3 %
People Groups: 5
Least Reached People Groups: 2
% Unevangelized: 70 %
Persecution Ranking: 1 / 50

North Korea

Title: North Korea

Tier: 1

Type: country

North Korea today is like a nightmare. The state creates a cult around the young “Supreme Leader” (Kim Jong-un) and his dead grandfather (Kim Il-Sung), and does not allow the people to interact with the outside world. More than 3 million people have starved to death since 1994. Foreign charities can bring food, farming technology, training, and start business ventures, but are restricted in their activites and closely watched. Pray that help will reach the desperate, hungry people. Pray that in God’s timing a change would come to completely free and transform this land.

North Korea

Title: North Korea

Tier: 1

Type: country

The Korean revival (1907) began in the Church in North Korea! People in those days called Pyongyang the “Jerusalem of the East”. But most Christians fled to the South during the Korean War, or died as martyrs. Now if you even say the name “Jesus” aloud you may die for it. We do not know much about the underground Church, but we know it survived and even grows. The government holds up to 100,000 Christians in labour camps. Pray for North Korean believers to persevere in probably the most difficult country for Christians.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.