According to Open Doors sources, North Korea has closed the borders and sealed off the usually tolerated black markets. Security agents and police officers are seen on every street and alley. The sound of wailing people is being heard throughout the country.

Brother Simon concludes: “We hope 2012 will see real change politically and economically, but especially in freedom to believe. We pray for freedom for all citizens so that they may be free to live how they want and allowed to believe what they want. We want those prison camps to open up so we can embrace our brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered there under terrible circumstances.”

Open Doors secretly trained over 4,000 Christians and gave emergency aid (food, clothing and other goods), to 56,000 North Korean Christians in 2011. Open Doors distributed more than 30,000 Bibles, books and other materials in North Korea. Additionally, Open Doors formed a network to help train North Korean defectors and believers living along China’s border areas.

An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world's most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.

Publication date: December 19, 2011