Letters from 'Living Martyrs'
Below are just a few of the letters we have received from 'living martyrs' in China. Names and locations have been changed to protect their identities....
"I was in the prison for three years because of my walk with the Lord Jesus. Because of the 'welcome' (torture) I received, I am now unable to walk. I also have chronic arthritis. In the darkest days in my dungeon I prayed and asked the Lord to take my life, but he always lovingly told me that his grace was sufficient for me. I also thank God for my dear wife and children. Now that I am out of the prison I look for every opportunity to share my faith. I am an elder in the local church. Thank God for His mercy and your financial support which helps keep my family alive and strengthens our faith so we can put our whole lives into serving the Living God."
"I was the leader of our evangelism team. Since my health deteriorated in the prison I have been unable to work with my hands and we were forced to sell all our possessions to visit the doctor. My family is now so poor and we cannot even afford to buy any salt for our meals. And I cannot afford my children to attend school simply because we have no money. But my mother is a strong believer in God's promises. She prayed for abundant grace from God, and trusted God to provide all our needs. She always quoted the Psalm that God's servants and their children will not become beggars. On the second day of mother's prayer we found a fifty dollar bill hidden in our cupboard. Then I knew that God had sent someone to help us in time of need. Thank God for your support in Christ. Both my team and family are so grateful to God."
"I was a full-time worker and served 350 churches. I thank God for He loves me. Even when I was in prison and the prison guards broke my arm, I knew my God still cares for me. After I was released from prison I had cerebral paralysis. God still uses me to preach the gospel to many people. In my time of darkness I have received your support, praise the Lord! Without this help we would not know where to turn. Sometimes the local believers help us by giving us eggs or vegetables because they can see our need. Other times we just tell the Lord we are fasting because there is no food. Although I cannot travel freely now, I find a constant flow of brothers and sisters are now coming to our door for prayer and counsel. We are thankful that we can use your gifts not only on our own needs, but also to provide food and comfort to those ministry leaders who come to us."
"I am serving God at XXXX. Life is hard and I thank God for your prayer and support. I am so grateful for your constant help and support and I know it is God who has sent you to help us. Although I lost everything when the police raided our home, I thank God for your care and support. Even when I was in the prison I heard you were helping my wife and children, and for this I am eternally grateful. Your gifts show us the reality of God's love in action, and we are overwhelmed to realize that there are brothers and sisters in Christ praying for us and concerned for us even though we have never met."