What is Voice of the Martyrs Korea?

In Luke 9:23, the Lord Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” This can sound sad and worrisome to Christians who pursue the world’s path to happiness. Such Christians often feel badly for those who have to suffer for being Christian. They hope for a life of prosperity without pain for themselves and others.

But there is a “Great Cloud of Witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) that knows a better path. These are men and women around the world and in our own land, both in the past and in our own time, who surrender their lives for the Lord in an instant or who live out his sacrificial love for many years. They teach us that receiving and sharing God’s love is worth any amount of human pain and that such love cannot be stopped by any power on earth, including death. Their way is the only path to deep and eternal joy. It is the normal Christian life.

Voice of the Martyrs Korea is dedicated to enabling today’s Korean Christians both South and North, as well as Christian brothers and sisters from around the world with special connection to Korea, to remember this path and to learn together how to walk in it well. We do this by listening closely to the voice of Jesus, and to those early Korean Christian martyrs and persecuted Christians around the world today who follow him no matter what, especially in North Korea. We partner and fellowship together with those who suffer for Christ not in pity or sadness or a desire to rescue them, but in the conviction that Christ’s sacrificial love is the greatest treasure humans can receive from God and express in their own lives.

Voice of the Martyrs was founded in 1967 by Rev. Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian pastor imprisoned and beaten for his faith by communist authorities for more than 13 years. Today, independent Voice of the Martyrs organizations in more than 20 countries carry on Rev. Wurmbrand’s work, partnering with persecuted believers in more than 70 nations.

The Rev. Dr. Eric Foley and Dr. Hyun Sook Foley founded Voice of the Martyrs Korea in 2003.