Mr. and Mrs. Ou have two daughters, but like most Chinese parents, their desire is to have a son. Our workers have had difficulties changing Mr. and Mrs. Ou’s ingrained preference for males, mainly because of the couple’s reluctance to discuss this topic. With her first birthday approaching, Mr. and Mrs. Ou’s second daughter will be “graduating” from our Baby Shower Program next month. Please pray that God would create opportunities for our workers to bring life, value, and dignity to girls in this family before their service ends.
Our God is a powerful God. He enters people’s lives when they need them the most, no matter how difficult their circumstances might be. The following are five families who have recently experienced God’s grace through our Baby Shower Program:
Xiang became pregnant with a pair of twins, but since she could only afford to raise one child, she considered having an abortion. However, when our workers shared the Choose Life message with her, her heart was moved, and she subsequently decided to give birth to her children. Although Xiang said that she might put one of the twins up for adoption, it was nevertheless a courageous move for her to abandon the thought of abortion. Please pray that Xiang can successfully deliver her babies, and that both of the twins would be nurtured and protected in the loving hands of God.
Hu, mother of an 11-year-old daughter, wanted to abort her second child. When Hu’s cousin learned about this, she immediately sought help from the Baby Shower Program. As soon as our workers shared the Gospel with her, she told them that she was a believer in Christ when she was young, but she has not attended church services for more than ten years. The Words of God reminded her of the value and preciousness of life, so she, too, decided to keep her child. We give thanks to the Lord for igniting Hu’s love for Him, and we pray that Hu would be able to rebuild her relationship with Christ.
Sun’s mother-in-law became a Christian after Jesus once healed her from a disease, but Sun’s parents vehemently opposed her conversion and forbade her from going to church. With the help of our Baby Shower Program, Sun’s parents had the opportunity to learn about Jesus like never before, and in the end, although they did not fully accept the Gospel, they were willing to let go of their disbelief. A few days ago, when Sun felt sick, they even called our workers to ask for prayers. Therefore, please do pray for Sun’s sickness, so that her recovery can become another testimony of God’s mighty power and unfailing love.
Ding grew up in a Christian home, but she married a man who did not know Christ. Since then, she distanced herself from God, and never went back to church again. After enrolling in our Baby Shower Program, however, Ding became a passionate believer and an active member of her church. Furthermore, Ding was able to influence her husband and mother-in-law to begin a relationship with Christ. Praise the Lord!
Fang’s encounter with God was similar to Ding’s. Her husband had been a follower of Christ since he was a child, but she herself was not. Once again, the Lord spoke through our workers in the Baby Shower Program, and the couple are now serving in their church regularly. All Girls Allowed is thrilled to learn of God’s life-changing works on the grounds of China. May the above testimonies of salvation and transformation be just the beginning of many to come!
Ning, 22, is a mother whose husband was recently convicted of crime and will remain in prison for the next 3 years. Ning became pregnant last April, and although her parents demanded an abortion, she refused to do so. Jobless, impoverished, and deserted by family, Ning now lives in a rented apartment with her newborn son. In the midst of such unbearable hardship, however, Ning was able to demonstrate remarkable faith: she became a follower of Christ immediately after joining our Baby Shower Program! Now, apart from offering financial assistance to Ning, our field workers are also planning to form a support network within their church to help take care of her son. Pray that our Almighty God would become the light, shield, and strength of this young mother, and that her decision to follow Christ would be rewarded with His abundant love and mercy.
While some families in our Baby Shower Program have recently experienced God’s grace and blessings, some others have encountered numerous obstacles in their lives. Below are two of such families:
1. Qi and Ting
Qi and Ting belong to two unconnected families, but they have been facing the same challenges. Ever since their mothers became followers of Christ, their children have been struck by frequent sickness. Qi and Ting’s relatives believe that God has caused the children to fall ill, and thus they blame Qi and Ting’s mothers for believing in Him. We pray that the Lord would help Qi and Ting put on the whole armor of God, so that they may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11) We also ask for the Lord’s healing over Qi and Ting’s children, as He is a God that never leaves or forsakes His people. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Deng is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Because of Chinese people’s traditional preference for males, her relatives are dissatisfied with the fact that there are no boys in the family. Deng’s mother-in-law even said that if Deng’s third child is another girl, she will put her up for adoption instead of keeping her. We pray that the Lord would restore the value of girls not only in this family, but also in families all across China. Christ shows no partiality towards baby boys, for He sees both males and females as His beloved children: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Last month, All Girls Allowed shared the testimony of Ping, an impoverished mother who lives in a squalid and rickety house with three other family members, including her depressed daughter-in-law. In a recent house visit, our field workers witnessed God’s abundant blessings over this family. Although Ping faces extreme hardship in life, her faith and courage have grown stronger day by day. God has also brought peace to Ping’s daughter-in-law. In the past, she would become aroused or fearful in the presence of strangers. Now, she is able to look after her 4-month-old daughter, do simple household chores, or even sing praise songs with her family. Glory to the Lord for all these encouraging changes! May God’s mercy and love for this family renew and increase every day.
Lin (below) had an abortion last June, because she feared that she could not afford to support the child financially. She has become pregnant again recently, but this time, with the help of our field workers in the Baby Shower Program, she has decided to keep the baby! Moreover, when our workers shared the Gospel with Lin, she was eager to learn more about Jesus. Praise the Lord! We call upon our Father to provide for this family, as it is written in the Scripture:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him." (Lamentations 3:22-24)
May the steadfast love and never-ending mercy of God be with Lin and her child in the years to come!