The Voice of the Martyrs with Todd Nettleton

NORTH KOREA: What’s Changed?

November 17, 2018

When this year began, there was talk of war between North Korea and the United States. By June, we watched video of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiling and shaking hands. Big changes!

What does it mean? How are those changes affecting our Christian brothers and sisters in the DPRK? Dr. Eric Foley, the President of VOM-Korea, joins us to offer answers to those questions, and helps us look at news coverage of North Korea not as Americans or Koreans, but as members of the Body of Christ.

Dr. Foley will talk about changes on the Korean peninsula, and how those changes are affecting Christian work there—both north and south of the DMZ. He’ll share why this has been the most difficult year ever for VOM balloon launches into North Korea, and explain why North Korean defectors are such a significant part of reaching North Korea with the gospel message.

Finally, Dr. Foley will give very specific advice on how we can be in prayer for North Korean Christians.

Will you commit to pray for North Korea this week? Join us on VOM Radio and equip yourself to pray more knowledgeably for the “hermit kingdom.”

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About The Voice of the Martyrs

For nearly 50 years, The Voice of the Martyrs has been dedicated to assisting persecuted Christians worldwide. Founded in 1967, The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization. Its mission is “to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, offering practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of Christ into fellowship with them.” 

In the 25-minute weekend program, VOM Radio, Todd Nettleton interviews courageous Christians in the field where they serve and live in countries and communities where the Gospel is violently opposed if not banned all together. Todd also welcomes some of these same guests to Voice of the Martyrs headquarters in Oklahoma for interviews in the VOM Radio studio. These brave believers share their stories with joy and tears, conviction and compassion as they share how lives are changed because of the Gospel!

Beginning October 2016, the new VOM Radio daily program offers powerful, but brief stories of these inspiring men and women who are on the frontlines. Their inspiring stories call listeners to prayer, offering encouragement for what God is doing around the world. Despite government oppression and terrorism God’s Word is going out and changing lives for eternity.

In addition to their radio ministry, The Voice of the Martyrs also serves to educate individuals and governments about Christian persecution worldwide. Their PrisonerAlert program produces a newsletter, encourages advocacy, and provides individuals the opportunity to personally pray for and write to prisoners around the world.

Their prayer app, The Voice of the Martyrs' Pray Today, provides guidance on how to pray powerful, specific prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who live under persecution. On a daily basis, one new prayer request is provided for a certain group of people in a particular part of the world. You can also learn more about the current regional circumstances for all 68 restricted, hostile and monitored countries.

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The weekend and daily VOM Radio broadcasts are available via Amb-OS and FTP download. To add the program to your station’s lineup, download the sign-up form on the right, or visit our contact page.

About Todd Nettleton

Todd Nettleton is the Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and the host of The Voice of the Martyrs Radio. Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians, working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in 60+ nations where they face persecution.

During 19 years serving at VOM, Todd has traveled to more than 20 nations to interview hundreds of Christians who have endured persecution. He has been interviewed more than 2,500 times by various media outlets, including CNN, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Moody Broadcast Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, Newsweek, The Voice of America, Mission Network News and Trinity Broadcasting Network.

In 2014 VOM launched a weekly radio program, which Todd hosts and produces. Guests have included Christians persecuted for their faith and family members of Christians martyred for following Christ. The show was named Radio Program of the Year in 2016 by the National Religious Broadcasters. It airs weekly on more than 700 radio stations, and the podcast version reached #1 on iTunes’ “Religion and Spirituality” podcast chart. You can find a broadcast station carrying VOM Radio and listen to all episodes online at

Todd was part of the writing team for four VOM books, including the best-selling Extreme Devotion and 2007’s FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs. He was the principal writer for VOM’s 2009 book about the church in North Korea, RESTRICTED NATIONS: North Korea.

A former sportswriter, Todd is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University). He has done postgraduate study at the University of Oklahoma.

The son of missionary parents, Todd spent part of his youth in Papua New Guinea and the rest in Southern California.

Todd and his wife, Charlotte, have two grown sons and recently welcomed their first daughter-in-law into the family. In his spare time, Todd enjoys reading, writing, music, travel and sports, including serving as commissioner of a fantasy football league. In 2015 he ran his first half-marathon.

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