North Korea – The Villagers of Goksan

North Korea. There is a constant price to pay for one’s faith there. The story is told of 29 persons arrested there one morning in the remote village of Goksan. Among the group is a mother and her young daughter. They and the rest of this Christ-loving group, with their pastor, are bound and placed before a crowd of Communists.

They are told by a guard: “Deny Christ, or die.” They all refuse to deny Him.

The guard addresses the adults: “Deny Christ, or we will hang your children.” The young girl looks up at Mom and grips her hand. She knows she is loved. Her mother whispers to her, “Today, I will see you in Heaven.”

For those who are looking for a happy ending to this story, you should stop reading now.

All of the children are hanged.

The adults, in agony already, are now forced to lie down on pavement in front of a large steamroller. “Deny this Jesus or you will be crushed.” But they are already crushed. Their children are gone. And their life is hid in Christ anyway. they are ready to meet Him, and see their children again.

The driver starts the engine, and the villagers softly sing (in Korean). “More love, O Christ, to Thee, more love to Thee.”

Please pray for North Korea tonight. And for believers in the West, that they will be ready to make this sacrifice if called upon.