A new book authored by Eric Foley of Seoul USA chronicles three
generations of one family who kept the faith in spite of North
Korea's hostile and deadly approach to Christianity among its
The book is titled These are the
Generations -- and it starts with the Bae family [not the
family's real name] beginning with the inception of the North
Korean state. In the 1960's Christianity was purged from the
country and believers were executed, Bibles were burned and
churches torn down.
A remnant, representing about 100,000 people, still exists in a
very underground church.
Foley of the Colorado Spring-based group Seoul USA was
able to interview Mr. Bae about his grandfather, mother and he and
his wife raising their own children very quietly as Christians.
Foley recounts the story of Bae spending a year in prison after a
co-worker observed that Bae and his wife had a successful marriage
while the co-worker did not.
"Mr. Bae said, 'Well we have 10 rules in our house,' and he
explained the 10 Commandments. The friend shared that with his
wife, and the wife reported Mr. Bae to the authorities," Foley
says. "The next thing Mr. Bae knew he was put in prison and
experienced just terrible physical punishments even while he was
Prison conditions are deplorable and most people do not survive
prison. He was finally released and eventually escaped the country.
Even today, Mr. Bae's parents remain in North Korea where they are
held in a concentration camp for their evangelistic activities.
The book provides an inside look at Christianity in North Korea
that the outside world never sees and a close look at the state
religion, which involves worshipping the countries leaders. The
book is available on Amazon.com.
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