The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization has declared June 25 as an International Day of Prayer for North Korea.
In an announcement made on June 1, the Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall, executive chair of the organization, stated: “On behalf of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and the Lausanne Movement, I declare June 25 to be an International Day of Prayer for North Korea and call on the church to pray for North Korea.”
The Day of Prayer will be staged as a climax to the Global Week of Prayer for North Korea, which runs from 19-25 June.
The June 25 is a significant date for the Korean people as it is the anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
Throughout the week leading up to June 25, many prayer events are planned across the world to highlight the severe repression of religions as well as other freedoms, the imposition of idolatrous worship and the repression of Christians.
The week of prayer will also give some focus to China, which has refused to acknowledge the existence of North Korean refugees and returns them to North Korea where they face mistreatment, and even death in the most serious cases, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
The Global Week of Prayer for North Korea is being supported by a huge number of agencies around the world, and amongst events scheduled for the week are daily vigils outside the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, which has been organized by Christian Social Responsibility.
Joining this event will be other vigils across the world, including prayers scheduled during vigils outside the Chinese Embassy’s in London, Washington, D.C., and Copenhagen during the week.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide expressed its delight at the North Korea prayer initiatives, and welcomed the event.
CSW’s National Director, Stuart Windsor said, “We are delighted that the Lausanne Committee has issued this call to the Church to pray for the absolutely critical needs in North Korea. We are calling on Christians and Churches to adopt the prayer focus on North Korea as we firmly believe this issue should be high on the agenda of the worldwide Church due to the extremity of the repression and the state enforced idolatry in the country. We are trusting for a crescendo of prayer on June 25 that will carry the light and love of God to the people of North Korea.”