Our Christian Family in North Korea: Here’s What We Can Do — Arielle Del Turco (Pod #131)

What’s “top of heart” with King Jesus? Justice, the poor, prisoners for His name. What can we do to help our Christian family in North Korea?

“Remember the prisoners AS IF chained with them — those who are mistreated — since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3). Will we identify “AS IF” with our Christian Family in North Korea? This is a core component of Christ-following.

Includes audio excerpt from escapee (CBN News). See video below.

Arielle Del Turco is Assistant Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. 

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Go Deeper — Our Christian Family in North Korea

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Arielle Del Turco serves as Assistant Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, where she is responsible for international religious freedom policy and advocacy efforts. Through research and analysis of international religious freedom matters, she helps craft effective policy solutions along with coordinating FRC’s advocacy on this issue. Arielle’s work has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, National Review, Daily Signal, Christian Post, Washington Examiner, ERLC, and Townhall. She has conducted a number of media interviews on international religious freedom, and has herself interviewed key advocates and victims of persecution. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and History from Regent University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations.

Family Research Council site

Family Research Council Facebook page

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Articles by Arielle Del Turco

The U.S. Is Speaking Out on Religious Persecution, and the World Is Taking Notice (Washington Examiner, with Travis Weber)

Wave Of Violence Should Prompt U.S. To Urge Religious Freedom In India (The Federalist)

Iran Sends More Christians to Prison (Family Research Council)

Pray for North Korea (Open Doors) — Our Christian Family in North Korea

our Christian family in North Korea

More info and download a country report from Open Doors

  • Pray North Korean officials will come to know God, for change within the regime and that the power of evil will be broken.
  • During a year when North Korea raised its profile on the world stage, Kim Jong Un continues to consolidate his power. Pray he will accept the one, true God.
  • Open Doors provides North Korean Christians with food, medicine and clothing and safe houses for North Korean refugees in China. Pray the church is strengthened and encouraged to endure by this provision.
  • Pray for Christians who suffer in prisons, labor camps and remote areas to have hope.

Video: Secret Worship: N. Korea Defector Tells of Survival (CBN.com)

Organizations — Religious Persecution and Religious Freedom

Voice of the Martyrs — An interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.

International Christian Concern — ICC exists to relieve the suffering of the worldwide persecuted church and help it grow in strength and breadth. ICC accomplishes its mission through effective assistance, advocacy and awareness.

Open Doors — Open Doors USA is a community of Christians who come together to support persecuted believers in more than 60 countries.


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“Please Don’t Speak About the Holy Spirit”: American Churches to Iranian Christ Followers (Jesus Smart podcast #111) — I referenced this episode in our conversation. Includes an audio excerpt from the Iranian young women at the ‘Stories from Iran’ event at the Family Research Council.

Stories from Iran: Religious Freedom and the Secret Growth of the Underground Church (FRC Speaker Series)


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