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What Would You Do?

China
Studying God’s Word in China

A Chinese rice farmer, who was a new Christian, had a serious problem. Every day he pumped water by hand for his fields from an irrigation stream. It was very hard work.

Every night, his neighbors, who lived below him on a hillside, drained the water off the Christian farmer’s fields onto his own fields! He did not have to work hard and pump water by hand for his fields.

The Christian farmer went to some of his Christian friends and asked for advice. They prayed together and asked God for guidance. What do you think the farmer decided to do? What would you have done?

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Bold Chinese Sunday School Students

China

[From the Kids of Courage archives.]

Secret Sunday Schools
Sometimes it takes extra courage just to go to Sunday school in China. Government officials do not approve of adults teaching children under 18 about God and Jesus. The Bible does not agree (See Deuteronomy 6:6–7.)

At times Chinese officials ignore churches that have Sunday school classes for children. But sometimes police raid the classes and then put teachers and parents of the students in jail.

In recent years The Voice of the Martyrs and other ministries reported about a number of bold young believers in secret Sunday schools.

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Ling Gets a Bible

BibleA handwritten Chinese Bible

Ling left her home in China at the age of 17. She believed that God had called her to share the message of Jesus with people in the villages of China. When she left home, she had no food, very little money, and no Bible.

Few people in the region where she lived had Bibles. Some people borrowed Bibles and copied verses from them by hand or memorized the verses. The few Bibles available had been smuggled into the area at great risk to the smugglers.

Ling walked from village to village telling people about Jesus. Sometimes she met someone who owned a Bible. She memorized verses from their Bible to share in the next village. Ling prayed that God would provide her with a Bible of her own.

One day, Ling heard about a woman four miles away who had some Bibles. The Bibles had been smuggled to China by missionaries. Ling hurried to find the woman. “No!” said the woman when Ling asked her for a Bible. “These Bibles are very valuable. How do I know you are even a Christian?”

Ling pleaded with the woman. Finally the woman said she would give Ling a Bible if Ling could say the Lord’s Prayer without making any mistakes. Ling went to another village to visit a man with a Bible. The man had copied his entire Bible by hand. His hands were bent from the thousands of hours he spent copying the treasured words.

Ling memorized the Lord’s Prayer from the handwritten Bible and returned to the woman’s house. The woman gave Ling a Bible! She told Ling that some Christians had died getting the precious books to Chinese Christians.

To Try: Copy a paragraph from the Bible. How hard would it be to copy the entire Bible?


Chul: New Christian in Hiding

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”Matthew 6:9–13

It was a special occasion. Chul, a 12-year-old boy from North Korea, had just read the Lord’s Prayer out loud from a Bible. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs worshipped with Chul and other North Korean refugees at a secret hideout in China.

Before he escaped from North Korea, Chul had never been to school. Many families in North Korea are too poor to buy shoes, paper, or pencils so their children can attend school. Also, food has been scarce in North Korea in recent years, and many children are too hungry to learn.

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John Cao’s Poem

Pastor John Cao was arrested in March 2017. Cao is a Chinese pastor known for his work helping poor people in Myanmar (Burma). Pastor Cao is married to an American citizen, and they have two sons, Benjamin and Amos. He lives with his family in North Carolina when he is not on mission trips or in prison. You can read more about Pastor Cao here.

Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association, recently talked with host Todd Nettleton on VOM Radio. During the interview, Fu shared a poem Pastor Cao wrote in prison. The poem is below.

You and Me

You can take away my freedom (Communist Party),
But you can’t take my prayers.
My prayers have wings and leap over the iron, mesh, high wall.
Many brothers and sisters have heard them,
And they fly freely every day
And reach the heaven on the blue sky.

You can impose heavy punishment on me,
But you cannot hold my soul and spirit.
It is like a cheerful, yellow bird gently prays to the iron gate.
My Savior must have heard my voice.

You can deprive me of the sun,
I eat leftovers with coldness every day,
But you can’t extinguish the brightness
That the Lord has placed in my heart.

Greetings from all over the world make me warm, passion fluttering.
Do you think that I am lonely?
Have you seen any Christian walking alone in your 70 years of persecution?
You think that persecution can stop the church.

How really ignorant you are turning on the history of the millennium
Which page is not suffering with joy for Christians?
Which page is not sprinkled with blood on the narrow path of the thorns?

You think that the walls around me are blocking my vision
And make me answer, turn the direction.
I never look around the environment,
But just look up at the heaven with my eyes.

You are the blind riding on the horse,
So you think that everyone crosses the river by feeling the stones?
I have a rod of my Shepherd in my heart,
And my Lord, certainly, helps me to move forward.

You see me as an enemy who is absolutely irreconcilable
And put me into the meat grinder.
But I regard you as my blood brother.
This is not because I am afraid of you,
But because Jesus loves you, and so I love you.

Your ancestors have been jailed by the Nationalist Party;
How can I not endure your hard labor?
I really love you as long as you can repent, Or I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,
Those of my own race.

— Pastor John Cao, from prison