OPINION (ETH) – How bold is your faith? What risks would you take to express your commitment to Christ? Would you keep your light under a bushel or would you boldly demonstrate your faith no matter the consequences? A story coming out of North Korea is going to surely challenge any believer that hears her story! According to reports, A Christian woman from North Korea escaped to China for the chance to live a better life and to be baptized.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” – Romans 1:16
The woman, identified by Open Doors ministry as “Bon-Hwa,” fled the repressive country more than two years ago. With the help of Open Doors’ partners, Bon-Hwa found shelter in a safe house and attended her first Women to Women secret meeting. It was at this meeting that Bon-Hwa came to know Jesus, leading to her baptism into Christ.
“She wanted to be baptized so badly that she couldn’t wait any longer,” said the Open Doors pastor who baptized her. But baptizing North Koreans is illegal and dangerous, so Bon-Hwa, her pastor, and group leader traveled to a remote location that “took many hours to reach.” An Open Doors staff member described Bon-Hwa’s baptism as a “holy moment.” The pastor opened the small ceremony in prayer and christened the refugee – then everyone recited the Apostles’ Creed. MORE