Testimony - A Wondrous Change

10/29 Brother John and Brother Matthew’s Testimony of Serving Nine Rural Families.

 

Brothers John, Matthew, and their wives have been serving a village of nine families for five months now. These nine families are from a remote mountainous area, and came from their provincial capital to the city to work. They brought their entire families, young and old, even their children who still need to go to school. The financial conditions of these families are not favorable, so if one of them falls ill, they can only go to private clinics because a good hospital is too expensive. These migrant workers have no formal education and can only rely on selling their physical labor to survive. The work they do is dirty, tiring, and gives low income; barely feeding their families. Most of their children are small, so the wives can not work and need to take care of them at home. Their lives are miserable and they are looked down upon. They have also never received any love and care from outsiders.

 

In order to establish a good relationship from the beginning, our co-workers decided to invite these nine families to eat a meal. After telling them of this idea the families had no reaction. They did not trust the co-workers. Every time the co-workers tried to communicate with them and preach the gospel, they just quietly listened with no response. After the workers consulted with each other, they made a unanimous decision to pray for the Lord to open a road with the families, to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and to labor together with God the next time they to go visit the families.

 

In August, the co-workers tried again to invite them to dinner, but none of the families were willing to accept. Finally, after the co-workers unceasingly served them, one family reluctantly agreed to have dinner---Chun Yan’s family. The co-workers bought rice and vegetables, and started to cook in Chun’s home. However, the family only watched while the workers cooked, and after finishing cooking, the family did not want to eat. It was only after the workers repeatedly invited them to the table did they eat.

 

Afterwards, the co-workers went home and began to pray for their next visit. On October 18th, something wonderful happened. That day, when the workers went to visit the Chun family, they realized that everyone had already gathered there, a chicken had been prepared and cooked, and rice was already cooked. The famlies received the co-workers warmly and actively tried to talk to them. Some even asked about biblical truths, Jesus, and the church. Chun Yan said with great emotion, “Look how happy Christians are! Those who believe in Jesus have so much love! They come every month to visit us, eat with us, and even give us money.”

 

Than one of the mothers said, “thank you boss,” to our workers. Our worker quickly replied with, “we are not bosses, we are just Christians. We help you because of Jesus’ love, and to help your children grow up happy and healthy. Jesus’ love is a selfless love, a love to save his suffering people, and save them from sin.” Afterwards, the co-workers again shared the gospel and shared about the harms of abortion. As everyone was eating and talking, happiness was all around. They prayed before their meal together, worshiped and praised, and also prayed thanksgiving after the meal. 

 

Last month, the co-workers had a photo shoot with the mothers and children, and had the photos developed. Receiving this unexpected gift, the families were very happy because they do not have cameras and rarely have the opportunity to photograph. This time they got their own photographs and they were overjoyed to receive the gift. Seeing the tender and obedient hearts of these mothers and God's work in them, Brother John said he was moved to tears.

 

Please pray for these nine families. Pray that God to blesses and protects them. We seek the Holy Spirit to work, and move the husbands and families to believe in the Lord. Let all their burdens and sorrows be handed over to Jesus. All glory to the Lord!




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