What are balloon launches?
With North Korea being a closed country, distribution of unapproved literature is a capital offense. Distribution via land couriers is highly dangerous and the liability for those caught doing so often results in death or forced labor … and it’s even worse for those carrying Christian literature like tracts or Bibles. So we launch large hydrogen balloons into North Korea carrying the Christian message.
What do we launch?
We've launched everything from tracts, flyers, and even whole New Testaments translated into the North Korean dialect. In 2016, we launched 13,000 Christian flyers, 40,000 New Testaments, and 5,000 USB drives into North Korea.
Where do we launch from?
Balloon launches take place in the countryside areas near the border between South Korea and North Korea where the wind current is favorable. Complex weather measurements are taken to ensure balloons float in the right direction and land where intended inside North Korea. Through multiple launch points, we are able to drop materials on areas that are largely unpenetrated by the Gospel.
Who does the launching?
The balloon launch team is made up of staff and students from VOM Korea's Underground University Program. Our team is "on call" and ready to go out for a launch at any time: day or night, rain or shine.
What does an average balloon launch look like?
No balloon launch is ever average, but below is a video from a recent balloon launch in 2013!
Where do our balloons go?
We use advanced GPS technology to track where our balloons land inside of North Korea. View the balloon GPS tracking >
For more information on our balloon ministry read our newsletter dedicated to balloon launching!