After more than a decade of floating 30,000 Bibles a year into communist-controlled North Korea by balloons, Dr. Eric Foley and his Christian organization Voice of the Martyrs Korea has been informed he will soon be charged by South Korean officials for breaking the law.
The balloons, equipped with GPS technology that allows them to be tracked by the Christian team, have been a most effective means for smuggling Scripture into the dictatorship. In fact, it has been too effective, causing the North Korean government to pressure South Korea and threaten to ramp up military tensions if the Bible dropping did not stop.
Foley says that South Korean authorities have told him that his efforts now violate three separate national laws.
"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 said.
The second violation is one of national security, intimating that the balloon launching is threatening to destabilize the Korean peninsula because of the reaction it incites from the North. In 2018, Kim Yo-jung, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, called the Bible mission "evil propaganda" being sent by balloons.
Finally, South Korean officials have said Foley is in violation of laws regulated the use of "high-pressure gas."
Foley said Voice of the Martyrs Korea is asking for prayers that God continue to be glorified in their efforts.
"Essentially, the police recommending the charges guarantees that I'll be charged; it's just a question of when. Could be tomorrow, could be next week, could be next month; we don't know," Foley said. "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."