“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35 NIV
Floods ravaged Northeast China leaving behind destroyed villages and homeless people. Many of the survivors moved away, some rebuilt, but a few had nothing left.
One couple, the wife in a wheelchair and the husband jobless, sank into a deep depression. This couple did not know Jesus and had no other hope to strengthen their will to live.
The husband got a few poison pills. His plan was to poison his wife, then commit suicide himself with the remaining pills. They sat down in the grass near the train station, and before they swallowed the pills a passerby stops to chat.
The coupled smelled and appeared lean from lack of food. The man who stopped to chat offered to take the couple to his home for a meal.
He carried the penalized wife on his back, and when they arrive at his home, his wife bathed the crippled woman, and her husband also bathed. A healthy meal made both couples feel much better, and the story of Jesus finished the evening.
The rescued coupled stated they now believed in Jesus because the show of love they experienced convinced them Jesus had to exist. In time they became baptized and they rebuilt their home. The home became a house church location.
Powerful forces rule this earth, be it nature out of control with floods and fires, or man-made power struggles.
The love of Christ for his people is a superior force that wins in the end. With persecution increasing in China in 2019, the result will be increased church growth as people look to Jesus for his hope-filled love!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. He pastors Faith Church of Grove on East Highway 10.