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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BREAKING NEWS: US Missionary Enters North Korea With Appeal For Leader

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos 4_61_122609_ParkSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- A 28-year-old American Christian missionary has entered North Korea to urge leader Kim Jong Il to repent and release political prisoners and others persecuted for their faith, fellow activists said Saturday December 26.

Concerns Over US Missionary Serving 15 Years In North Korea

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife kenneth-bae-detained-american-in-north-koreaPYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Thursday, May 30, over the whereabouts of an American evangelical missionary after North Korea confirmed it had sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for alleged "hostile acts" against the Communist-run isolated state. Pae Jun-ho, known in the U.S. as Kenneth Bae, was tried on April 30, the state news agency KCNA 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.

Christian Broadcaster Smuggles Radio’s To North Korea

BARNEVELD, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- International Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) confirmed Friday, November 7, that it has secretly distributed thousands of radio receivers in North Korea, one of the world's most isolated Communist nations.

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