2015-01-21

Published on 04/29/15

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for being our co-workers by means of prayer and giving.

This coming Sunday the International Baptist Church will observe the ordinance of believers baptism. Three new believers will be baptized showing their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Over the next several weeks, I will share our joy with you. The first testimony, which is from BeiBei, is below. Rejoice with us.

First, I would like to talk about how Jesus came into my life. Actually, I have been interested in Jesus since I was 14 years old. At that time, I was addicted to American movies, and Jesus usually existed in movies. There were movies explaining the tortures that Jesus had been through, and in some history-based movies people would like to pray for God to help them in difficult times. Also, there is a church in my hometown in the downtown area. Every time I stepped into the church, I felt excited and I was curious about everything in that church. In order to know more, I bought a Chinese Bible there, but I never finished reading it. I felt Jesus was far away from me. At that time, I did not know the meaning for why they wanted to believe in it. For me, it was just a supernatural thing similar to Chinese people praying to Buddha to get what they want.

And then three years ago I came to America, I met with Deb and also I met some other Christians. However, except for Deb, those Christians destroyed the image of Jesus in my mind. They made me feel uncomfortable about Jesus, because they came to your home to talk about Jesus with a brochure in many different languages, some of them twisted the meaning of being a Christian. For example, they believed that Jesus would punish the person who they hated or disliked. Those people scared me, they kept me away from God. I thought that it was terrible to become a Christian like them.

However, that same year, something really bad happened to me. The bad experience did not hurt me when it happened, as much it hurt me as time went on. I began to feel lonely and helpless more and more, whether I was in China or in America. This bad feeling controlled me and disturbed my normal life.

However, thank God for sending Deb to me. From the first time I came to America, Deb was always with me. I realized if there was a person I would never lose, it was Deb. I saw how she lived with her family, how she treated every friend. I found love when I was being with her. She never pushed me to learn the Bible, not like other Christians. She only talked about God when I asked about it. She totally changed my view of Christians. I wanted to always be with her, and I wanted to change my life to how Deb and Bill lived, so I decided to learn something about the real Bible.

After learning the Bible, I easily got the point for why Deb and Bill could keep their relationship for so long time, and why she can be happy all the time I saw her. It did not mean that she never got upset or angry, but I saw how God helped her to calm down and get through all difficulties, and how she can give help and love to other people. I could easily understand it, as well, because how Bill taught me the Bible. In the first class of the Bible study, Bill explained the meaning of belief. He asked me “do you believe that a performer can walk a tightrope with a wheel barrel and do you believe that the person can do it with you in that wheel barrel?” Jesus is the person who can take you safely across. This was a really good illustration to me. The real “ belief” is unconditional, no demand, it is just like an instinct that you believe the sun would always come tomorrow. And then you need to confess your sins. I cannot deny that I am a sinful person, and I know that my pain also comes from those sins. But after I become a believer, Jesus takes all this sin away on the cross. God will not judge me for those sins.

I don’t want to just say that my life is always wonderful after I believed in God. It is not that simple. I still face some difficult problems in life, I am still confused about some things, but the point is, I really feel like I have the power to control my life and I will not be afraid of anything. Last Thursday, I caused a fire in my new room. Everything just happened beyond my imagination. Thanks to God for letting me see the fire in time, so I did not burn the house down; only a small part of my room was damaged. I cannot say that I was not afraid at all when this happened, but everything is being solved. I am not afraid of the consequence I will face. I quickly came up with some solution instead of just blaming myself and being paralyzed with regret. Finally, the only thing I needed to do is to fix a little part of my wall. No one got hurt and nothing was destroyed.

I am only a baby Christian. There are so many things I do not know about Jesus. But I remember that Bill taught me that Jesus takes away the barriers between you and God on the cross. As soon as you believe on Him, you obtain eternal love from God. He helps me stay confident and gives me all the weapons I need to fight in this difficult world. He sets me free from my sorrow and supports me to overcome all the problems in my life. It is hard to explain the confident feeling of believing God is always there. He is just like a guardian watching over me in any strange places and any strange times. I am so glad I have the chance to know Him more.

BeiBei

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We love you,

Bill and Deb