China Urged Not To Repatriate North Korean Defectors

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J.
Bos BEIJING/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- Christian rights activists have urged China not to forcibly repatriate ten North Korean defectors, including a four-year-old child, who were detained by police in Shenyang city.

BREAKING NEWS: Korean Christian Worker Feared Kidnapped By North Korea


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

north-korean-christians-during-a-prayer-meetingSEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- A South Korea-based Christian mission group says one of its workers responsible for contacts with underground churches and rescuing Christians in North Korea has disappeared and may have been kidnapped by North Korean secret service agents. In a statement obtained by BosNewsLife, Serving Life International (SLI) said it was concerned about the whereabouts of Deacon Kim WonHo.

Don’t Forget to Pray for North Korea (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
christiansSEOUL, KOREA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- It's easy nowadays to overlook North Korea. Many Christians who are burdened by the plight of the persecuted church now direct much of their prayer to the Middle East, where the flood of horrific news seems ceaseless. By contrast, so encompassing is the veil of secrecy over North Korea that we hear little about the suffering of Christians there.

Elderly US Missionary Awaits Trial In China Amid Health Concerns


By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

hahninprisonBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A frail elderly Korean-American aid worker is awaiting trial in China on what supporters believe are trumped up charges linked to his Christian activities on the border with North Korea.

North Korean Christians – Shining As Purified Gold (Column)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

Martin RothSEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife Columns)-- For the 12th straight year the Open Doors organization has ranked North Korea as the country in which the persecution of Christians is most severe. Its annual World Watch List, released in December, notes that an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 North Korean Christians are imprisoned in labor camps.

Pope Francis Korea Visit Highlights Christian Persecution


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

north-korean-christians-during-a-prayer-meetingSEOUL, KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A five-day visit by Pope Francis to South Korea has highlighted the plight of persecuted Christians in the region, including two detained Americans and a South Korean, who have been held in neighboring North Korea for their Christian activities, activists said.

NEWS ALERT: North Korea Leader’s Ex-Girlfriend Executed Amid Bibles Discovery


By BosNewsLife Asia Service with additional reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

girlfriendSEOUL/PYONGYANG (BosNewsLife)-- The ex-girlfriend of North Korea's autocratic leader Kim Jong-un and nearly a dozen others have reportedly been executed after some of those detained were found to have Bibles in their possession.