The Chinese province of Gansu is known for its harsh winters.

One snowy day a servant of Christ known as Xi plodded through knee-deep snow into a tiny village. “I am here with a message of hope,” Xi told one villager.

“We are a village in great despair,” the villager said. “One family has had their child stolen,” he explained. “Children are stolen and sold to childless couples in the big city.”

Xi asked to meet this couple, and he was ushered into their sad little home. They were an expressionless couple deep in grief. Xi offer to pray for them and did so.

He mentioned the birth of a baby 2,000 years ago that changed the world and asked that this couples babe be returned. The husband grew angry and tossed Xi out of the house.

“We prayed to all of our gods and got no answer, so why would your god answer?” The husband spat.

The villagers pushed Xi out of the small community, and he plowed his way through the heavy snow with an equally heavy heart. Xi, in tearful prayer, realized he must go back to the village and teach the gospel even if it meant persecution.

Walking back through the heavy snow, he heard a cry in the winter silence. A baby! He heard the crying of a baby.

Walking in the direction of the sound he came to a shallow well and peering into the dark bottom, Xi saw a baby wrapped up in a blanket.

The kidnappers had discovered the baby was female. Girls don’t bring much profit in the city, so they dumped the baby down the well. Xi rescued the babe, and hurried through the snow back to the village.

The entire village shouted for joy, and the young parents beamed with delight! “Come here, and sit by the fire and warm up,” the husband said to Xi. The whole village poured into the little house and surrounded Xi.

“Tell us about this God you pray to,” several village elders asked.

“Well,” said Xi, looking up and smiling toward heaven, “the story starts with a baby born about 2,000 years ago . . .”

Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at pastorkimwenzel@gmail.com or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.