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Serving China Prayer Blog

November 25, 2008

Christmas in North Korea

Filed under: North Korea, Prayer Event — mei @ 2:55 pm

This Christmas Would You Join Us in A North Korean Christmas Tradition?

How do you celebrate the coming of Christ, in a land where the mere mention of His name, or even just the holiday, can send you and all your relatives to prison for life?

That is what underground Christians in North Korea face again this Christmas Season.

Despite the danger, they have developed their own brave tradition over these past 50+ years of persecution and martyrdom. We have decided to join them in that tradition, and invite you to do the same, with them and us.

When darkness falls during Christmas, they quietly slip into the night and go to a hidden location in the countryside. Along the way, silently in their hearts, they think of their 3 homes:

(1) North Korea, because it is where they were born,
(2) South Korea, because that’s where their hearts are, and
(3) Heaven, because that’s their spiritual home.

They cannot remember many Christmas carols, only “Silent Night”. That’s what they sing in the South, but not the North.

When they have reached the top of the mountain, they look to the South, picturing in their minds their Christian brothers and sisters in South Korea: openly walking to church or relaxing at home singing “Silent Night”.

But then, rather than singing “Silent Night” along with them, they instead sing aloud “Faith of Our Fathers”. The words, written out below, are still very, very real in their lives – Christmas Day, and everyday in North Korea.

So, a few years ago some of us started a new Christmas tradition in our own homes: We look east toward North Korea, and sing “Faith of’ Our Fathers” back to them, our brothers and sisters in North Korea.

Would YOU join us in Spirit this Christmas Eve, blending your hearts and voices with ours and theirs, together resonating our common commitment to the Lord Jesus’?  It could be as simple as adding a few extra minutes to a candle light service at your church, or pausing a few moments as a family at home.

Prayerfully lift up this hymn, in harmony with these brave brothers and sisters. They feel utterly isolated and forgotten, but will nevertheless risk death to sing this one song to their beloved Lord Jesus–even from the winter mountaintops of the most oppressed nation on earth.

In the Spirit by prayer, let them know: they are not forgotten.  If you will be joining us add a comment below to let us know.

Coming soon: 40-day Prayer & Fasting Chain for North Korea - January 1 - February 9

FAITH OF OUR FATHERS

Faith of our fathers! living still
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free:
And truly blest would be our fate,
If we, like them, should die for thee.
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! we will strive
To win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
Mankind shall then be truly free.
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Words by Frederick William Faber
Music by Henri Frederick Hemy

For recording of music to Faith of Our Fathers click here or here.

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