In an ongoing effort to support persecuted Christians in North Korea, the faith-based humanitarian organization, World Help, has been working tirelessly to nourish both the body and soul of those facing unimaginable hardships under the brutal regime of Kim Jong Un.
With a mission to bring hope and relief to oppressed communities, World Help has been sending food supplies and Bibles into the country, where believers and their relatives often face imprisonment in labor camps.
Since its establishment in 1991, World Help has primarily focused on delivering Bibles to countries such as China and Russia. However, in 2006, the organization extended its reach to include North Korea, recognizing the urgent need to support the underground Christian community. World Help President Noel Brewer Yeatts described this endeavor as the “heartbeat” of the organization, emphasizing their dedication to bringing spiritual nourishment to those who need it most.
North Korea has long been identified as a hostile environment for Christians, and the plight of believers in the country has drawn international attention. Open Doors, a prominent watchdog group that monitors religious persecution worldwide, has classified North Korea as a “brutally hostile place for Christians to live.” Their assessment is backed by a 2022 report by The International Bar Association and The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, which highlights the detention and torture of Christians in the country.
Owning a Bible in North Korea is considered a serious crime, and individuals caught with religious literature are subjected to severe punishment. Despite these risks, World Help and its partners remain committed to bringing hope and solace to North Korean believers. The organization recognizes the vital role that faith plays in the lives of these individuals, providing them with strength and resilience amidst adversity.
In a statement to the Christian Post, one humanitarian worker, Yeatts, said that “When it comes to working in places like North Korea and in persecuted areas of the world and areas of the world that still don’t have access to God’s word, it’s really how World Help started.” “That is where our foundation was.”
The humanitarian worker explained that World Help’s mission is “Help for today; Hope for tomorrow,” referring to the transformation the group strives to bring into people’s lives: “And what we mean by that is we believe that without things like food and clean water and medicines that our body needs, well, then faith can mean very little.”
“But without faith that feeds our souls, then everything else is a short-term fix. When you focus on both body and soul, we believe that’s when true transformation happens in people’s lives,” Yeatts continued, noting that World Help witnesses this in its work worldwide
Through a network of courageous volunteers and strategic partnerships, World Help has been able to discreetly deliver food supplies and Bibles to those in need. These efforts not only address the physical hunger of persecuted North Koreans but also provide them with a source of spiritual nourishment and support. The distribution of Bibles offers comfort, encouragement, and a reminder that they are not forgotten, even in the darkest of times.
The work of World Help serves as a shining beacon of hope in the face of oppression. By standing in solidarity with persecuted Christians, the organization sends a powerful message of compassion and resilience.
The humanitarian efforts remind the world that faith knows no boundaries and that the universal principles of compassion and human dignity must prevail, even in the most challenging circumstances.