Bibles on the Front Lines: Difficult. Dangerous. Illegal.

0 comments Posted on April 1, 2020

The distribution of Bibles in the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields continues to be a challenging task.

In many Central Asian countries, Bibles are considered Western propaganda and are not allowed to be imported or printed. Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) supports covert Bible operations in this region so Christians have access to God’s Word.

In 2018, China’s government banned online sales of Bibles, an additional obstacle in a country where printed Bibles were already difficult to obtain. The Communist Party is also working on a new Bible translation intended to inject “Chinese values” into Scripture.

VOM workers smuggle both print and digital Bibles into North Korea—the world’s most closed country. If caught with a Bible, North Korean citizens like Ri Gun would be sent to a labor camp … or worse. So she tucks her small Bible into the fronds of a special mop intended for cleaning the portraits she is required to display of deceased North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. 

As the government tightens its control of religious life in Cuba, Christians there fear it will become more difficult to get Bibles. Over the years, believers have used a variety of ways to bring Bibles into Cuba, including by boat, travelers hand-carrying individual copies and through some government-approved shipments.

Brave men and women are risking arrest, imprisonment, beatings and even death to get God’s Word into the hands of those who otherwise might never receive it.

No road is too difficult, no risk is too great when our brothers and sisters are crying out for God’s Word! Smuggling Bibles into countries where there is no access to God’s Word is a vital part of strengthening the church in those nations.

Placing a Bible in the hands of every Christian believer is a task that the global body of Christ can accomplish in this generation. The Voice of the Martyrs is committed to making it happen in countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. You can find out more at

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