Two Americans Are Persecuted For Their Faith In Countries Hostile To Christianity

Two Americans are being persecuted for their faith in countries that are hostile to Christianity.

The government of North Korea says a Korean-American given 15 years hard labor has begun his sentence at a special prison.

North Korea accuses Kenneth Bae of unspecified acts against the government. Friends and colleagues say Bae is a devout Christian who frequently traveled to North Korea to feed orphans.

Mr. Bae was arrested November 3rd in a city that borders China and Russia.  He told CBN News that several members of his family including his mother and brothers are in a North Korean concentration camp because of their own evangelistic activity.

They were sent to the camp because authorities found a Bible and several gospel pamphlets in their house.

Over 200,000 prisoners are being held in political prison camps in North Korea, and as many as 30,000 of them are Christians.

On the other side of the world, American Pastor Saeed Abedini has seen his family for the first time since being released from solitary confinement in an Iranian jail.

Fellow prisoners say Abedini was “glowing” when he saw his wife and two boys.

The pastor spent over a week in what he called a “small dark hole,” but says it was a time of intimacy with God, where he could feel the prayers of intercessors.

His wife, Naghmeh, says this is a small victory, but she’s “still demanding justice be done and that Saeed be released.”  She says she is very concerned about her husband’s health.

Please keep Mr. Bae and Paster Saeed in your prayers, and ask God that he will supernaturally intervene and cause them to be released.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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