Although the law officially allows freedom of religion in North Korea, every form of Christianity is forbidden and real churches do not exist in the country.
Since 1988, there have been four state- controlled Christian churches in Pyongyang.
But although these churches seem real, they are merely puppet churches fabricated by the North Korean government. Foreigners are forbidden to have contact with members of the congregation and all teaching is related to the regime.
Persecution of Christians has intensified in recent years. Christians who are discovered practising their faith can be tortured and executed. Around 50,000 – 70,000 Christians are held in political prison camps in desperate conditions.
Pray for the growing community of underground Christians, numbering between 200,000 and 400,000, who continue to live out their faith despite the dangers.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:35, 37