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Shortwave Broadcasts Carry Hope

By Rachel Mehlhaff
Asia, NE Asia, North Korea, short wave
Daily, TWR broadcasts hope to North Korea from a shortwave transmitting site on Guam. The strategy of the programs is to nurture and train the underground church.

The Korea team prays God will use the programs to give them power for daily life. The programs are also designed to help them grow in their walk with God by teaching them the Bible – something they may not otherwise have access to. And the programs encourage believers to share the gospel, though doing so is extremely dangerous.

For Lee*, a member of the Korea team, one of the biggest challenges is not knowing the size of the audience listening to TWR’s broadcasts. He is also concerned for the people who they partner with to provide radios to TWR listeners inside North Korea. He prays that the workers will get the radios to the right people and not to government informants. Because of increased security checks, conducting ministry is getting more difficult.

Many days, Lee doesn't want to continue his ministry to North Koreans because of the risk. But each time he has a desire to quit, he remembers the face of his friend – the first North Korean he met.

The two lived together for eight months. Then one day they were caught by Chinese authorities. His friend was sent back, and Lee was allowed to remain. His friend let the North Korean police take him back. He didn’t rebel, Lee said. He still remembers the man’s face. It’s Lee’s reminder to continue.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the
TWR Magazine (Aug-Nov 2017). 

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