Christian Woman Publicly Executed in North Korea

I ran across this article last week and wondered why I hadn’t heard about it sooner.  Then I wondered why it wasn’t a bigger news story.  It seems obscured and pushed to the back.  Possibly because it cannot be verified with certainty. 

In the modern world, when a journalist get arrested in North Korea it’s a major news event.  Though insignificant on earth, In heaven, when a 33 year old mother of 3 gets executed for her belief in Jesus Christ and sharing His word with others it is going to be remembered forever.  We may think of it as a tragedy but it isn’t in God’s eyes.  She was asked to do for Christ what He did for His Father and that was a great honor.  In time it was an unbelievable suffering.  She would have had to place her children(who were taken by the government) in her Lord’s hands completely trusting them to Him.  She was more than likely tortured and humiliated but she will have no pain and no sorrow in eternity and will in fact have honor and reward far beyond human imagination.  She will never regret it forever. 

Let us remember to pray for our fellow Royal Family believers in North Korea, for their endurance and courage.  Being a Christian in North Korea is like being a Christian in Rome during the early persecutions.  It is a vicious time. 

By Kwang-tae Kim

Associated Press Writer

Updated: 07/24/2009 02:03:54 PM MD
“SEOUL, South Korea »
  A Christian woman accused of distributing the Bible, a book banned in communist North Korea, was publicly executed last month for the crime, South Korean activists said Friday.

The 33-year-old mother of three, Ri Hyon Ok, also was accused of spying for South Korea and the United States, and of organizing dissidents, a rights group said in Seoul, citing documents obtained from the North.

The Investigative Commission on Crime Against Humanity report included a copy of Ri’s government-issued photo ID and said her husband, children and parents were sent to a political prison the day after her June 16 execution.

The claim could not be independently verified Friday, and there has been no mention by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency of her case.”

You can read the rest of the article here

 Keep Sailing,

Mary Hugill


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