Two Chinese Christian pastors who are preparing to evangelize in North Korea say they are ready for whatever trials come, even death.
According to ChristianToday.com, the two pastors are aware of the dangers they will face in North Korea, but they maintain committed to sharing the gospel with the North Koreans.
North Korea is ranked as the number one worst country for Christian persecution by Open Doors World Watch List.
One example of a Christian missionary facing horrendous violence in North Korea is the case of a Korean-Chinese church leader who evangelized in the country for 17 years before his body was found in the Tumen River, stabbed 17 times.
The pastors knew of what happened to this man, but their commitment to go was unwavering.
The pastors’ translator spoke to China Aid: "So, he's saying that, since you're speaking of fear, their team is training [missionaries] who are fearless and also don't have family. Like, they're single, they're not married yet, but they're ready to lay down their lives for Christ at any time if they ever go to [North] Korea and meet any bad situations."
"So that's why we're now building this fearless team of people who are willing to die if they have to. Because it's not about ourselves, or about them, but all that matters is God's kingdom," one of the pastors added.
Above all, the pastors are intent on preaching the good news and telling the North Koreans that God loves them.
"Because we love them, and God loves them, and God has mercy upon them, so we are willing to dedicate ourselves to them. We hope that everybody that can contribute their efforts to this ministry. We can be united together and accomplish the purpose together."
Publication date: December 13, 2016
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