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.
Rong (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 Rong, 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 Rong and her child in the years to come!
One of our field workers, Brother Du, feels particular blessed by what God has done through the Baby Shower Program. At Brother Du's site, 16 people have come to Christ after hearing the Gospel. Among them, 11 go to church regularly, and 1 has been baptized. All Girls Allowed is greatly encouraged by this piece of news. We praise Jesus for fulfilling his promise: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Meanwhile, we pray for all the families who have not accepted the Gospel. May God open their eyes and soften their hearts, so that they can find “the way, the truth, and the life” through Jesus Christ our Savior. (John 14:6)
Lu, one of the mothers we served, fell unexpectedly pregnant in 2012. After refusing to undergo an abortion, she was fired from her job at a local school. Moreover, Lu’s baby girl suffered a premature birth, which put her under the risk of cerebral palsy. As our workers prayed incessantly for the family, the Lord once again proved that he is mighty to save. Over the past year, the family’s situation has improved dramatically. Lu’s daughter, who is no longer hospitalized, has grown up to be a healthy, adorable toddler. We pray that God would continue to heal her, so that she can become a source of blessing and joy to her parents. May God also provide employment opportunities to Lu, who needs a stable income to support her growing family.