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As North Korea closed its borders, Christian missionaries cannot enter the country


Earlier this year, due to the COVID-19 virus, North Korea closed its border with China. Since then, missionary activity in North Korea has been restricted.

The leader of a missionary group doing work in North Korea who asked to remain anonymous shared that “activities to send Bibles, religious books and rice to North Korea haven’t been performing well since the border was closed because of COVID-19.” He added that they previously used people to smuggle Bibles into the North, but “those channels are now completely blocked.”

Due to the closure, the Nehemiah Global Initiative (NGI), which has sent rice and Bibles to North Korea as part of its “Sea Route Project,” turned its focus to helping young North Korean defectors settle in South Korea and teaching them English.

In response to the situation, NGI is also using phone call or text to share the Gospel as an alternative. “One-on-one missionary activity of preaching the Bible by telephone has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said the head of the missionary group.


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