North Korea is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. Christians face arrest, torture, imprisonment and death for daring to believe there is a higher authority than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Many follow Jesus in secret; parents often don’t even tell their children about their faith for fear they will be revealed. Thousands of other Christians are trapped in horrific labour camps and isolated closed villages. But despite the risks, North Koreans are still choosing to follow Christ.
There are an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Christians in North Korea. However, it’s difficult to get an exact figure, as Christians in North Korea must keep their faith completely secret. Of those, there are an estimated 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in terrible labour camps – simply for choosing to follow Jesus. And yet, despite the risks, the church in North Korea is slowly but steadily growing.