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North Korean Defector Reaches Out to Countrymen with Message of Gospel through Radio Show

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(Photo : (stephan)/Flickr/CC) A night shot of Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean defector and Christian missionary Kim Chung-seong takes gospel music to his countrymen through a radio show 'Hello from Seoul, the Republic of Korea,' Reuters reported.

He sends a mix of gospel tracks and news to his homeland to tell people about Jesus and true worship, and to caution people against cult or personality idolism.

He came to South Korea in 2004, and works at Far East Broadcasting Company. Though tunable radios are banned in the North, many access foreign shows through smuggled Chinese radios.

"I am desperately praying that North Korea's Kim Jong Un and all administrators under him kneel down in front of God and repent for their sins, leave the path of tormenting their people," Kim told Reuters.

Kim isn't the only defector who has been trying to penetrate the barriers of the North to share the gospel. Another North Korean defector, Jung Gwang-il, makes songs which are identical to the patriotic songs played by state-run radio, but change the devotional references of their leaders to Jesus and Holy Spirit.

"It sounds exactly the same as what you would hear in North Korea, the same accompaniment, the same type of voice, but the names have all been changed," Jung said.

Jung, like many others, has been smuggling these songs, foreign films, and TV programs through USBs and DVDs into the country.

Patriotic songs glorify the leaders' efforts to keep the country happy and prosperous, the progress which North Korea has achieved, and the strength of people. A theme song conceptualized by Chairman of the Workers' Party, Kim Jong-un, celebrates the "exploding mental strength of our million citizens."

Kim Kyoung-ok was still a child when she and her mother had to undergo the ordeal of making their way into South Korea over a long and dangerous route.

They were living in Chinese caves before entering Vietnam. From there, they moved on to Cambodia, where the mother and daughter took refuge at a Cambodian Christian church. Finally, they arrived in South Korea in 2008.

Kim recalls chasing after the flyer balloons sent from South Korea, carrying the contrabands, Korean noodles, and letters from children across the border.

Defectors report that an increasing proportion of people in North Korea are becoming aware of life outside the isolated state through information that sneaks into their nation, raising them up from a brainwashed state to long for a free life.

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