Martyr Monday: Pastor Kim & his church, North Korea

The young, brown-eyed girl looked up at her mother. What would her mom decide?

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Earlier that morning, the young girl’s mother, their pastor, and twenty-six others in her North Korean village of GokSan were bound and taken before a screaming crowd of Communists.

One of the guards ordered Pastor Kim and the other Christians, ‘Deny Christ, or you will die.’ The words chilled her. How could they ask her to deny Jesus? She knew in her heart he was real. They all quietly refused.

Then the Communist guard shouted directly at the adult Christians, ‘Deny Christ, or we will hang your children.’ The young girl looked up at her mother. She gripped her hand knowing how much her mom loved her. Her mother then leaned down. With confidence and peace she whispered, ‘Today, my love, I will see you in heaven.’

All of the children were hanged.

The remaining believers were then brought out onto the pavement and forced to lie down in front of a large steamroller. The Communists gave them one last chance. ‘Deny this Jesus or you will be crushed.’ The Christians had already given up their children; there was no turning back.

As the driver started the heavy piece of equipment, the singing from the villagers started softly. ‘More love, O Christ, to Thee, more love to Thee.’

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May we too, be living expositions of Luke 14:26:

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”

More love to Thee, O Christ.  The world and everyone in it are scattered beams.  You are the Sun.

Love Him more-

Matt

Story from Voice of the Martyrs: Extreme Devotion, www.persecution.com