The North Korean Initiative

The “North Korean Initiative” is a unique opportunity to reach North Korea with the gospel from China through utilizing “men, materials, and technology”.

Men: To plant churches along the border with the intention to reach and train ethnic Korean Chinese citizens to go into North Korea as evangelists and church planters.

Material: To produce and translate material (written, audio, and video) into the Korean language.

Technology: Use technology in creative ways to smuggle the Gospel material into North Korea.

Key Locations Along The Border

  • Dandong City
    • Population: 865,576
    • About 3% Ethnic Korean (20-30 thousand)
  • Yanbian Prefecture 
    • Population: 2,271,600
    • 32% Ethnic Korean (725 thousand)
  • Yanji City (Yanbian Prefecture – 1st Largest Yanji)
    • Population: 400,000
    • 1/3 to 1/2 Ethnic Korean
  • Tumen City (Yanbian Prefecture – 2nd Largest City)
    • Population: 136,000
    • 57% Ethnic Korean
  • Ji’an City
    • Population: 230,000

Men Needed

  • Men willing to risk their lives and face persecution as they serve on the front lines.
  • Men willing and able to learn Chinese and Korean.
  • Men willing to plant churches in a communist country to reach into another one.
  • Men willing to be immersed in the Bible and teach others.
  • Men willing to train others who can train others.
  • Apply Here.

Interesting Facts

  • “As of April 2017 holders of normal passports of all countries require a visa to visit North Korea. All visitors traveling for tourism require an authorization from a North Korean travel agency. An exception exists for Chinese tourists visiting only the Tongnim County who can stay in this county using the Chinese ID card instead of a visa and passport for up to two days. Most nationals may also visit Sinuiju for a day trip without a visa.” (Source)
  • “Chinese cell phone service has been known to extend as far as 10 km (6 mi) into Korean territory, which has led to the development of a black market for Chinese cell phones in the border regions.” (Source)