A Christian leader in Korea is awaiting charges for launching balloons with Bibles into North Korea earlier this year.
Last week, South Korean police recommended that prosecutors charge Eric Foley with Voice of the Martyrs Korea on three counts, Mission Network News reports.
"One of them is related to the violation of an inter-Korean exchange law. [This] is a law that regulates commerce between North and South Korea; anything you might be trying to sell from South Korea to North Korea would need to be pre-approved by the government,” Foley says.
The leader is also facing two more charges, one related to national security. “These are laws designed for natural disaster management,” Foley continues, “but now they’re being related to balloon launching with a charge that our activity created a national threat to Korea.”
Finally, “the third charge that will come out is one related to the use of high-pressure gas,” Foley says.
The group of Christians launches the balloons with Scripture into North Korea a few times a year. South Korea began cracking down on the practice this summer following threats from the North.
Besides VOM Korea, there were also two other Christian groups that received attention from authorities.
“We are the only ones that do Bibles. The other two launchers do flyers that are primarily focused on news events, and too often can be a political commentary on the situation in North Korea because North Korean defectors run both those organizations,” Foley says.
Since coverage from MNN and other organizations began, Foley says they've seen some answered prayers "in big and small ways."
Foley has asked for more prayers. “For 15 years, we’ve had a good relationship with the authorities. We’ve had police, military, even the intelligence services present at all of our launches. This year in a couple of launches, I asked the police, ‘is this illegal?’ And the police responded, ‘well, no, you just can’t do it here in this location,’” he says.
“The prayer that God will bring glory to His name is already being met; people see that there’s something different about Christians. The other prayer is that God would use each of the Bibles that we have for His purpose."