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A wonderful testimony from an underground Church leader in China as told to Open Doors. The older Chinese believers are modern treasures of the Church.

SANTA ANA, CA (Assist News Service) — Probably 80 percent of the house church leaders in China know or have heard the name of this house church leader, but he asked that his name not be used. Possibly as many as 2 million Christians are involved in his house church network. He has been arrested several times and imprisoned a total of 10 years for his faith in Jesus Christ

In 1958 most all the churches in China were closed. In 1966 it was the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. One of the “Gang of Four,” Chiang Ch’ing, the wife of Communist Party founder Mao Zedong, closed the foreigners’ church in Shanghai . She proclaimed, “Let God go home! Christianity in China is going to the history museum.”

The government chased out all the foreign missionaries. Communism closed the door and they attacked the men and women of God in China . The life of the church in China was in a desperate situation, and many people were martyred for Christ.
From there, people looked for God. During that time only two to five people could gather together. They just met together in small groups and that became their meeting place. It looked like a spark of fire and it spread all over. At that time Satan scared us and did all kinds of things to try and stop us, but the revival grew. Today in China we have almost 100 million believers.

First, when they arrest you, they try to convince you to give up your faith. And when you surrender to them they will offer you an office in a position such as community member or a position in the Three Self church. If you do not deny your faith and surrender to them, then they will attack you. First they put you into a small place, isolate you, and they let you starve to convince you.

The first prison I was in was the size of this room (150 sq. feet) and there were 40 prisoners there. A small square for each prisoner. When we crossed one another it was very close, and when we slept, we couldn’t stretch out our legs. When you wanted a drink there was no water. And because I was a Christian, they appointed me to distribute water to everyone. But everyday we only had a cup of water, and this water was for you to brush your teeth, wash your face and drink. And even do your laundry with that cup of water! Because of that we did no laundry and we had bugs in our clothes. We only had two small bowls of noodles every day and a small piece of bread. It was a very small piece. If it was a special day or festival, they would give you a bigger bowl of noodles.

Every day they gave you work. The work was making Christmas lights. We had to install those light ports every day — seven thousand. Inside the light bulb you have two small lines. You hook them together and you have to use your teeth to bite and then seal it. If you could not finish your goal, they beat you up. When you finished, you had to bow down. Then they used that big long stick and hit your hip.

They would interrogate you and asked you questions. If you don’t answer them, or if your answer was not according to what they wanted you to answer, they would punish you.

I said, “I have nothing to say, because the Holy Spirit did not give me a word to share with you.” And they said, “How can you say words like this? You’re against me?” So they bound me. But afterwards they said, “No, we will not bind you. We have found another kind of punishment.” They had a gate. They cuffed my hands in the back and then to the gate. When they opened the gate my body hanged in the air; my feet could not touch the ground for almost four hours.

During these four hours I prayed to the Lord and the Lord gave me feelings. I felt the Lord crucify Himself on the cross to carry our sins. This is a reality. He is the Son of God. He paid the price for us and He allowed me to take part in His suffering. At that time in my conscience I told myself, “I love You, truly I love You,” because He allowed me to experience His suffering. It is really only a little suffering I experienced because the Lord will not give us more than what we can carry.

Another officer came to see me. My hand was swollen. He touched my hand and said, “Why don’t you just say a few words that make them happy? Why do you have to suffer?”

I had no strength to talk and I heard a loud voice from far away that said, “Beat him up!” Then I felt just like when Jesus was on the cross. He said, “Forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing.”

After a few hours they came to see me. They didn’t say any words, they just released me from the handcuffs. They brought me to another room. I sat at a table with the officer — face to face. He had a paper and pencil and he said, “Talk!” How can I say anything? Then he said, “Thank you,” and closed his book and walked away. He never questioned me again, and they sentenced me to three years in the labor camp. Actually it was over three years when they released me.

When they wanted to execute someone, they would have some police in uniforms with white gloves and handcuffs. They took out those prisoners, who never came back.

One day the uniformed police came with their white gloves, opened the gate and came into our room. They called my name. I thought, “This is the time of the Lord.” So I got up and followed them out the gate. There were two gates. I can see the outer gate. Eight police were with me. I walked with the police to the room of the prison chief.

I felt very sorry for him. I felt I owed him the gospel. But because I have no word to say, he came from his chair and grabbed my wrist. Then he put his hand on my heart to see if it was still beating. He was very angry because he assumed I was going be very scared. Then he sat down. I experienced death. Every day we go through death to allow the death of Christ to live in our life. After a couple of times of this kind of imprisonment and death threats, they finally said, “This man’s a real Christian.” Thank you, Lord!

To obey God’s word is to submit to Matthew 8 and to bring the gospel to the ends of the world. To bring the gospel in China, out of China and into Jerusalem — until the number’s fulfilled and when the church is prepared, then we can go to see Jesus.

This kingdom belongs to the Lord and the Lord will reign forever. Until that time the Lord will dry our tears. He will allow us to stay in front of the throne of God and receive his glory. The suffering that we have is only temporary. In the future we will see forever glory.

Romans 12:1 is a Scripture to encourage the church of China, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices. Holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.”

From outside, the door of China seems closed, but we see doors are open. In the book of Revelation the Lord said to the church of Philadelphia, “because brothers you love one another … I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” Through this open door we have to carry the cross of the Lord, and by faith the door opens. This door is open always — no one can close this door. In China it’s like that. In North Korea it’s like that. May the Lord bless you all.