In 2013, Kelley and I read the book “The Heavenly Man,” which is the amazing testimony of Brother Yun, a pastor in China’s underground church. During the past 30 years, Brother Yun has personally experienced terrible persecution, and has spent over 10 years of his life in Communist prisons. But amidst these trials, he has also experienced the wonderful nearness of Jesus, who worked many miracles in his life. These include having his broken legs healed in an instant, being led out of a maximum security prison into freedom, and being kept alive on several occasions when he should have died from the torture. During his time in various prisons, Brother Yun consistently led large groups of fellow inmates to faith in Jesus.
Because of the impact Brother Yun has had on our lives, I was excited to hear that he was speaking a church in Harrisburg, PA. After his powerful message on taking up our cross and following Jesus as everyday disciples, I had the chance to briefly speak with him. He was surprised to hear me address him in Mandarin, and prayed for my language ability to be used with great Kingdom impact in the Chinese church. I was so pleased for this short interchange with one of Jesus’ most devoted followers.
If you haven’t picked up your copy of The Heavenly Man, we encourage you to do so!