North Korean Christian Risks Life, Walks 'Many Hours' to Be Baptized
A North Korea Christian woman who fled to China illegally was recently baptized, even though such an action could have resulted in her being repatriated back to her nation and killed.
The woman, identified as â€śBon-Hwaâ€ť by Open Doors, crossed the border more than two years ago into China, where it is illegal to help North Korea escapees.
Despite the risk, Open Doors ministry partners have set up â€śsafe housesâ€ť along the border for North Korean Christians as well as for women who could be forced into a marriage. It was at one of these safe houses that Bon-Hwa became a Christian.
â€śShe wanted to be baptized so badly that she couldnâ€™t wait any longer,â€ť the Open Doors pastor who baptized her said....
We, and I also speak to myself here, must not forgot to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in North Korea, as well as in other places, where there is persecution of the Christian church.
China itself is a very difficult place, but it has the only readily accessible land frontier with North Korea, the only other one between North and South Korea being effectively sealed off.
North Korean Christians and others who escape into China face terrible deprivations, being kidnapped and forced into illegal labour, both in the sex trade, or in other professions, or sold off as a wife to a Chinese man, and they have no recourse to any complaint or health or other services, as the Communist Chinese will just seize them and hand them over at the North Korean border to the horrific vengeance of the North Korean authorities. The only other solution is a dangerous trek to Mongolia, or an even longer trek, through to Vietnam, and then Thailand, where they can go to the South Korean Embassy for automatic asylum and citizenship and a flight there.