A Christian defector spends an hour a day broadcasting the gospel into North Korea via a small studio in Seoul, South Korea.
Kim Chung-seong, who is also a Christian missionary, uses his radio show "Hello from Seoul, the Republic of Korea" to broadcast gospel music and news into North Korea at 1 a.m. every day. The defector's show goes against Pyongyang's efforts to isolate its citizens from information about the outside world, religion, and even their own leaders, according to Reuters.
From his small studio at the Far East Broadcasting Company, Kim expressed his hope that all members of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party would meet God. His statement came in the wake of the party's meeting in which leader Kim Jong-un became the party chairman.
"Brothers and sisters in the North, I hope this time can be a moment of prayer for a miracle that every party member of North Korea at the party congress can meet God, not take a further step into the cult of personality," the Christian missionary said. "I am desperately praying that North Korea's Kim Jong-un and all administrators under him kneel down in front of God and repent for their sins, leave the path of tormenting their people," he continued.
The defector, who has been hosting "Hello from Seoul" for six years now, acknowledged that not everything in the North is bad. However, he thinks making 20 million citizens worship a certain person is a meaningless act.
Last month, a female North Korean defector revealed the reality of life inside her native country. Jihyun Park said she survived through the famine in the late 1990s, which killed half a million people, the Independent relays.
Park said children in North Korea are indoctrinated and taught about different subjects, but with the life of Kim Jong-un's family as the main subject. She said the words of the country's rulers are repeated by their teachers every hour so that the students can also memorize them like mantras.
Despite the strict ban on outside information, some North Koreans are still able to access South Korean TV dramas that show the comfortable life that their Southern counterparts experience, and other illegal media. Smuggled USB sticks and DVDs make their way to the reclusive nation from China. Plus, Far East Broadcasting Company and other AM radio stations have good signals in most areas in North Korea, so many people can also listen to Kim's message.