The cold of the prison cell quickly penetrated Joseph’s thin clothes, chilling him to the bone. His body ached from the beating he had endured. His organs felt deeply bruised and out of place. He was pretty sure his knee was broken beyond repair. Was this the end?
Joseph, a North Korean underground Christian, was arrested after being found with a digital media player. Digital devices such as tablets or smart phones are illegal to own for the average citizen. But Joseph’s torture and prison sentence came when officials found a Bible and other Christian resources loaded on his device.
Joseph had acquired the media player from an Alpha Relief supported safe house in China. The safe house project provides emergency aid, discipleship, and digital scripture to North Korean believers who are able to escape the closed borders of their country. Joseph knew he risked his life by taking the media player back inside North Korea, but he also knew that many in his underground church network desperately needed the hope it contained. On the floor of the prison cell, he questioned his actions. But with each thought of doubt, the Holy Spirit brought reassurance that his sacrifice was not in vain. Through God’s incredible provision, on-site Alpha Relief partners were able to secure Joseph’s release from what may have been a slow death sentence. Although badly shaken, he is now recovering and wanted us to know that his spirit remains firm in his faith.
The Digital Bible Project has infiltrated the closed North Korean borders with God’s Word though the hands of others besides Joseph. Even now, many underground churches are secretly using these incredible tools to grow in their faith despite threats of severe persecution. God is continuing to bring light to the darkness!