2015-01-28

Published on 04/29/15

Dear friends and supporters,

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

This last Sunday the International Baptist Church observed the ordinance of believers baptism. Three new believers were baptized exhibiting their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, the testimony of Song is presented below. Rejoice with us.

The Testimony of Xinchao Song I am happy to have this chance to share my testimony of my faith in God with everyone. I grew up in an ordinary Chinese family. Like many Chinese people, my parents are not definite atheists, but they have not any specific religion either, and they usually take an attitude of doubt to any beliefs. I was affected by this shadow since my childhood, but for some unknown reason, I still believe that there should be a creator, a holy god above this world. Now, I think this might have been the call from God to my heart. But at that time, I knew nothing, and my question was, if He is there, who is He. So I tried learning about several different religions in order to find out the answer. For example, I once got the chance to step into a famous Catholic cathedral at my hometown, and I listened to the priests’ speeches several times when I was a high school student. Although their speeches hardly impressed me and they failed to convince me to join their church, my interest in Jesus and Bible become much stronger than other religions.

And then when I came to the US in 2012, I was contacted by several local Christian groups. Because of my interest in God and Bible, I was open to them, but unfortunately, most of them really made me disappointed and uncomfortable. Because usually they tried to push you into their group as soon as possible with much pressure, and some of them even asked you to show the faith in God before you started to seriously study Bible. For me, I think the faith is such an important issue for a person that building one’s belief just from mouth but not from the depth of heart is unreasonable even ridiculous. Although I think their original will was good, they in fact temporarily broke my way to Jesus, made me be far away from the trust and as a result, I kept distance from all Christian things for almost two years.

However, Jesus is a so good shepherd and He will not leave His sheep in the darkness. He opened the other door to let me know more about Him. Last year, one of my best friends and the member of our International Baptist Church (IBC) family, Men, invited me to this church. When I first came here, I felt something different – You can feel true peace, love and kindness here and everyone are good people. It looks like a perfect place for me. And then I started to have Bible study with Bill in June last year. The first class impressed me. It is the first time I learned about God indeed through the basic but systematic study of God’s Word under the instruction of a knowledgeably, patient, and opened-minded teacher rather than just pushing you by repeating some meaningless religious slogans with pressure. During the following 6 months’ study, I knew more about God and Christian life and began to believe in Jesus , “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). I think I finally find my answer and verify my feeling since my childhood , Jesus is my Lord, the only one God who creates and rules everything. I am His child and He is my father. He is always with me and loves me forever although I am a sinner before Him. As Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Although I am just a baby Christian now, I feel totally different. Like Bill asked me two week ago, “What is the change of you after you accepted Jesus?” My answer is that I can feel the love from Jesus and the power of faith. I become stronger and stronger in my soul by believing and following Him. I am confident that He is always watching over me and will support me to overcome any difficulties, no matter those adversities outside in the world or the evils inside my flesh. I really feel excited to share these things happening on me and I pray that anyone like me could receive the gospel from God, in Jesus name. Amen.

Prayer for Song

The International Baptist Church prays for Song

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