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Country rank   1
Last year’s rank   2
Region   Asia
Population   25 991 000
Christians   400 000 (Open Doors estimate)
Main Religion   Agnosticism

1North Korea

North Korea remains a brutally hostile place for Christians to live. If discovered by the authorities, believers are either sent to labour camps as political prisoners where the conditions are atrocious or killed on the spot – and their families will share their fate as well. Christians have absolutely no freedom. It is almost impossible for believers to gather or meet to worship. Those who dare to meet must do so in utmost secrecy – and at enormous risk. A new ‘anti-reactionary thought law’ makes it amply clear that being a Christian or possessing a Bible is a serious crime and will be severely punished.

Over the past year, Open Doors contacts heard from reliable sources that several dozen North Korean believers from several underground churches had been discovered and executed. More than 100 members of their families were also said to have been rounded up and sent to labour camps.

Meet “Yong-Gi”

“Step by step, I realise how the Holy Spirit leads my life. I decide to put all things onto God’s hands.”

Yong-Gi is a North Korean Christian who was helped through our safehouse ministry.


Please pray

  • That the Holy Spirit will continuously pour supernatural peace and strength into believers held in labour camps.
  • That Christians who bravely gather in secret will be protected from the prying eyes of the authorities.
  • That the North Korean regime will allow the country to be helped and influenced by the wider world.

How does Open Doors support our family in North Korea?

Open Doors secret workers are keeping 80 000 North Korean believers alive with vital food and aid through secret networks in China, as well as providing shelter and discipleship training for North Korean refugees at safe houses in China.

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