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Korea (North Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)


North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

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Background

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, bordered to the north by China and Russia and to the south by South Korea. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. The Korean Peninsula was divided into two occupied zones in 1945, with the north occupied by the Soviet Union and the south by the United States. A United Nations–supervised election held in 1948 led to the creation of separate Korean governments for the two occupation zones: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north, and the Republic of Korea in the south. The conflicting claims of sovereignty led to the Korean War in 1950. An armistice in 1953 committed both to a cease-fire, but the two countries remain officially at war because a formal peace treaty was never signed. North Korea is a dictatorship that with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family, which in 2013 were constitutionally enshrined as the country’s hereditary rulers.

Religion

64.3% no religion, Korean shamanism, 16%, Cheondoism, 13.5%, Buddhism, 4.5%, Christianity,1.7%. Pyongyang was the center of Christian activity in Korea until 1945. According to a ranking published by Open Doors, an organization that supports persecuted Christians, North Korea is currently the country with the most severe persecution of Christians in the world.

Stone-Campbell Presence

CY & Patricia Kim work in Christ Reaching Asia Mission (CRAM), from Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, whose projects are the Morning Star Childrens Home, Canaan Daycare & Kindergarten, three Medical Clinics, Good News Farm, Sonbong Bread & Soymilk Company that provide farm land, and meat for consumption,  food, medicines, clothing, medical care, and a place for orphan children. Another ministry is Stump Brothers Mission in Taejon and evangelist Sang Ho Kim. The mission is involved in prison ministry and outreach to China and North Korea. Healing Hands International of the American a cappella Churches of Christ has also made humanitarian aid shipments to North Korea.

 

Created by Gary Holloway, October 16, 2013

Contact Information

A. National Office

 

B. Congregational Information

 

C. Educational Institutions

 

D. Social Service Ministries

Christ Reaching Asia Mission (CRAM) http://www.cramwinc.org/

E. Magazines/Periodicals

 

F. International Ministries

 

G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences

 

H. Points of Interest