Unknown Christian Martyr, Cha Deoksun Revealed by Newly Discovered North Korean Training Video – Prayers Needed for North Korea and its Christians [#ChristianMartyr #ChaDeoksun #PleasePray]
If not for a North Korean government training video, the testimony of Cha Deoksun’s life would never have been known. Produced to train state security agents how to identify and silence those who promote religion inside North Korea, the film denigrates anyone who practices religion. According to the film, Deoksun received Christ in China and then returned to North Korea to share her faith.
Incredibly, the propaganda film gives many details about the life of this courageous Christian. It states that during North Korea’s “Great Famine” in the mid-1990s, when an estimated 2.5 million people died, Deoksun was a strong revolutionary whose faith in the government had wavered. After visiting a woman in the northwest to ask for help, she illegally crossed the border into China in search of her uncle. But instead of finding her uncle, who had died, Deoksun found the Seotap Church, where she heard the gospel for the first time. The video says she became a “fanatical believer” who was inspired to return to North Korea and form an underground network of Christians inside the country.
When she returned to North Korea, Deoksun apparently turned herself in to authorities for crossing the border illegally. The video says that authorities were “lenient” and released her, but instead of praising the government she praised the Lord. Because of her poverty, the government did not restrict her movement within the country; she could travel freely between towns in North Korea to earn money for herself. As she traveled, she shared the gospel and gave money to the poor and those suffering. In addition, she discovered the descendants of several prominent Christians who gathered every Sunday to worship, pray, sing hymns and study God’s Word.
Though she was faithful, compassionate and generous, the video describes her as a “spy seeking to recruit other spies” — a description of evangelists commonly used in North Korean propaganda. Eventually, according to the video, “a good and awakened North Korean citizen” reported her to authorities.
It is unclear how Deoksun died, but it is possible that she was executed. Deoksun served the Lord without recognition, just as many North Korean Christians do today despite their government’s attempts to eradicate Christianity.
Newly discovered North Korea propaganda footage sheds light on how the Communist regime trains state security agents on how to identify and silence Christians in the Hermit Kingdom.
The video was obtained by The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), a Christian nonprofit that supports persecuted believers all over the world.
The previously unseen film shows the story of Cha Deoksun, whose life otherwise might not have been known to the world, and her belief in a deity other than Kim Jong Un.
“This video illustrates very clearly why it is so important for Christians everywhere to pray for North Korea and for Christians there.”
– Todd Nettleton, host of VOM Radio and an author of the history of Christianity in North Korea
According to the video, Cha is described as a “spy,” a description of evangelists commonly used in North Korean propaganda.
Cha lost her faith in government during the Great Famine in the 1990s when she illegally crossed the border into China and found God at Seotap Church and then became a fanatical believer who was inspired to return to North Korea and form an underground church.
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