North Korean Leader Kim Jong il, 1941-2011

Christian persecution in North Korea began roughly in 1910 (when Japan annexed the Korean peninsula and mandated worshipping the Japanese emperor). Persecution continued under the modern reign of Kim Jong il, who insisted on being worshipped as ‘the son of god’.

On Saturday, December 17, 2011, Kim Jong il died of a heart attack.

For a look at his life and reign, click here.

Pray for the underground church in North Korea.