Missionaries at border spread Christianity to North Korea

In this Aug. 29, 2017, photo, a man walks past a church at a border town in northeastern China’s Jilin province. Missionaries in northeastern China are engaged in a dangerous work: spreading Christianity across the border to North Korea. A South Korean pastor says at least 10 such front-line missionaries and pastors have died mysteriously in recent years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

SOUTHERN JILIN PROVINCE, China — To the North Koreans gathered beneath a crucifix in an apartment in this northeastern Chinese border region, she is known as “mom.” She feeds them, gives them a place to stay and, on occasion, money.