Testimonies from the House
The Salvation of a
Communist Party Leader
In one part of Heilongjiang
province there lives a man in his fifties who was a well-known Communist Party
leader. Due to his unhealthy stressful life-style, drinking and smoking, he
suffered a stroke and was paralyzed. His unloving wife, who viewed herself as a
leading socialite, was embarrassed by her disabled husband and immediately
divorced him. He was retired, but the local government allowed him to keep his
driver and vehicle, and a personal doctor. In his desperation the man told his
driver, “I have heard that those illegal Christians pray and anything can
happen. Please take me to them.”
A few weeks later the leader was
told that a group of house church believers would be meeting in a forest outside
the city that night. He told his driver to get ready and they headed up into the
mountains. After about an hour they stopped alongside a forest. The driver
hesitated because he thought his boss was planning to commit suicide in his
desperate state. The paralyzed man instructed his driver to pull off the road as
he wanted to go into the forest. The driver had to carry him in through the
trees. They walked for a few miles until suddenly through the darkness he heard
noise of Christians singing and praying. It was so dark that none of the
Christians could see the men arrive in the forest clearing. The driver stood at
a distant and observed, while the paralyzed leader sat on the ground. He told
his driver to return to the car and wait for him. In his heart the Communist
leader knew that he was a sinful man and that it had come time to confront his
Maker face to face. He asked forgiveness for his sins and humbly asked God to
receive him into his family.
When one of the believers said,
“Let us stand up,” a great miracle took place. Immediately the Communist Party
Secretary stood up without thinking about it and realized he was completely
healed! He shouted and jumped around for three hours in complete joy. Finally
the driver came back to see what had happened and was amazed to see his boss was
completely healed. The driver also accepted the Lord. To this day, the former
government leader continues to love and serve Jesus, and is known by his sweet
and humble spirit. He is a leading testimony in the Heilongjiang churches of the
change Jesus can bring into any person’s life.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
One of the leaders of the house
church in Yi’an County is Brother Wu.
Before he experienced salvation
from the Lord, Wu was renown as a smart man who always topped his class at
school, and was invariably elected as the class chairman. He had a knack of
always getting involved with quarrels between people, skillfully showing them
the solution to problems. He also had a reputation as the dirtiest mouth in the
whole county. He could always out-argue people, using his ability with words to
cover over his own sins and shame. Nobody could beat him in an argument or
dispute. Brother Wu’s wife came to faith in Christ first. She lovingly shared
the Gospel by word and deed with her husband, but he, being a Communist Party
member at the time, strongly opposed her and beat her. During this difficult
time for Wu’s wife, the church was constantly praying the Lord would make a way
for her husband to be humbled and saved.
The opportunity for his
involvement with house church believers came when he heard of a disagreement
between two brothers. Unable to help himself, he got involved in the dispute,
freely giving advice to both parties. His own worldly wisdom and pride in his
own ability had become his god. When he first went to a house church meeting,
the conviction of the Holy Spirit came upon Brother Wu in a powerful manner. He
clearly saw his own desperate state, and repented by humbling himself under
God’s mighty hand. Over time, the Lord started to use Brother Wu’s zeal to be a
peacemaker in a way that brought glory to God. He mediated between believers
with problems, giving sound Scriptural advice and counsel.
God also has greatly worked
through Brother Wu’s unique personality and gifts to help the local churches
avoid the many cults that are present in the area. There are more than 100 house
churches in the county who were corrected and taught how to avoid heretical
extreme teaching by Brother Wu. His salvation shocked many people in the
community, as Wu was considered the least likely person to ever believe the
Gospel. Because he was already well known, his ministry for the Lord came under
close inspection, which landed him a time in prison where he suffered for Jesus.
Brother Wu is a living example
of how God can use renew a person who submits his or her life to Him, and still
use the gifts and unique personality that God has made each one of us to be.
An Entire Village
Surrenders to Christ
As the revival fires of the
Gospel began to sweep across Heilongjiang Province in the 1990s, in many places
whole villages of people believed the Gospel and submitted their lives to Jesus
Christ. Let’s hear the words of one bold evangelist as he explains how the Lord
glorified Himself in one village in Lalin County (in the extreme south of the
province) in 1997....
“I was sent by
the Lord to Xiaoshan Village and after hearing the Gospel almost every household
believed and put their trust in God. They smashed their idols and ancestral
altars and became new creations in Christ. Five families refused to believe
however, despite the prayers and earnest pleadings of their fellow villagers.
some more evangelistic meetings four of the five families also believed in
Christ, leaving just one family holding out against the Word of Life. The whole
village prayed earnestly for that family’s salvation, as the new Christians
believed God wanted to be honored among the entire village, and to have one
family of unbelievers would simply not be good enough! Finally the one family
realized that if everyone else in his village was a believer and experiencing
God’s protection, then their family was vulnerable to attack from the devil!
They also committed his life to the Lord and his family followed him into the
family of faith.
To this day
every family in the village continues to serve God. They actively share their
faith with neighboring unreached people and are known as an honest people who
are blessed by the Lord. It is because of the clear testimony of changed lives
in villages such as Xiaoshan and in hundreds more like it throughout the
province that the Gospel has spread so rapidly in Heilongjiang.”
An Elderly ‘Uncle’ Persists and
When evangelists go out from the
house churches in Heilongjiang they are supported with tremendous prayer backing
from the numerous old ‘aunties’ who have such simple and sweet spirits. These
old women live for prayer and worship. They often prostrate themselves on the
floor during prayer meetings, with hot tears streaming down their cheeks, they
intercede for the lost and wrestle in the spirit on behalf of those who are
venturing out with the Good News.
With that background, an elderly
‘uncle’, known as Uncle Liu, went to preach the Gospel in an unreached village
near Acheng City, 41 km (25 miles) southeast of Harbin, with a warm heart. When
he knocked on one door, asking to share the Gospel with the inhabitants of the
house, the people angrily drove him out of the village. Undeterred, Uncle Liu
withdrew to a quiet place and earnestly prayed for the family who had rejected
him. He then went back to the same house. The second time, the family threw
water on him, drenching him to the bone, and with furious words and threats they
again drove him from the area.
Uncle Liu didn’t give up
however, and again he prayed for this family, believing it is not the Lord’s
will for anyone to perish, but for all, including this one family, to come to
faith in Christ.
For the third time he visited
the family and told them they must repent and believe in God’s Son. This time
the family members got large sticks and violently beat Uncle Liu. They swore at
him and cursed him for his stubbornness, and again drove him from the village,
this time soaked in blood and suffering from wounds to his body. This old
brother however would not be deterred. After recovering from his blows for seven
days, he went back again. This time the owner of the house did not oppose him.
Amazed that he would come back again, the father of the family agreed they
should all sit down and listen to what the old man had to tell them. As Uncle
Liu preached the Gospel to the whole extended family, great conviction seized
their hearts. Every single family member received the Lord into their lives.