Casting Crowns In N. KoreaBy Aimee Herd – CBN News

“I knew I wasn’t going to preach sermons, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to share openly about my faith, but you don’t necessarily preach to empty tummies. You fill tummies, and you show the love of Jesus through what you do. And after that comes those opportunities.”

One of the most popular Christian bands today is Casting Crowns. Recently, CBN News caught up with frontman Mark Hall, to talk about his recent trips into North Korea, where the band was invited to perform.

The invitation came through the NGO Global Resource Services (GRS), which works inside the country helping with food distribution, agriculture, children and families.

According to Hall, every other year the Friendship Arts Festival is held in Pyongyang where artists from around the world are invited to perform—not normally from America. But God “opened the doors” for Casting Crowns to not only go, but to perform their songs each containing a strong Christian message.

Hall said, “They had our lyrics, they had our music—if you’ve listened to our songs [the Christianity] is not exactly hidden—and they invited us anyway.”

Hall talked about how he feels about North Korea in light of recent events including multiple missile launches and the recent arrest of two US journalists.

“For me, my prayers are really more about the people,” he explained. “I’ve gotten asked questions like, ‘How could you go to a country where all these terrible things are happening?’ And all I could think was, ‘How could you not go…?’ It’s one thing to be over here and be angry about it; it’s another thing to go over with a group that’s actually doing something about it.

“I knew I wasn’t going to preach sermons, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to share openly about my faith, but you don’t necessarily preach to empty tummies. You fill tummies, and you show the love of Jesus through what you do. And after that comes those opportunities.”

When asked if in preparation to going over to North Korea, the Lord spoke anything to his heart about the country, Hall replied, “Many times. When you first get there, there’s a hopelessness…it’s hard to describe. But we were on the 33rd, 34th floor of our hotel, and the sun was setting… I was looking out the window. I was leaning out the window, praying over the city. Every light I saw inside a building was a family—it wasn’t this dark, ominous country—these were people who need Jesus. (Photo: CBN News)

“It really fills your heart, and at first you feel helpless; like you can’t do anything. But, being a Believer, and knowing how big God is, I just know that I’m doing my part and I’m doing what God’s called me to do. That’s all we can do. We lay our burdens at His feet, and we do what we’re gifted to do—what our calling is. I’m praying that God does a major work there, and I’m glad we got to be part of it.”

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