Persecution Brings Dedication

Posted on Facebook by Absalom Mitchell November 29, 2020
Video of a preacher in Huan Province China who was meeting with 22 believers from underground churches in China

He shares his story as the following:
22 leaders of the underground church were sitting on the floor in front of me. I looked around I said, “Now if we get caught, what will happen to me?” They said, “Oh, you’ll get deported in 24 hours, and we will go to prison for three years.” I said, “You’re kidding. How many of you have been in prison for your faith?” Out of the 22, 18 raised their hands…Then I said, “You have 22 leaders here. How many people do you oversee?” (They were all small group and church leaders of the underground in the Hunan province.) I said, “If you counted up all the people under your jurisdiction, how many would it be?” They counted them up and they said, “A little over 20 Million.” ( we should not forget there’s 1.3 billion people in China). This is crazy.” I had 15 Bibles and passed them out.. Obviously, 7 didn’t get one. Then he said, “Let’s turn to second Peter chapter one, and we’re going to read it.” Just then one lady handed her Bible to somebody next to her. I was thinking, “Interesting.” As we turned and started reading it, I understood why she gave her Bible away. She had memorized the whole thing and she just recited the whole chapter. When there was a break in our teaching time, I went to her and I said, “You recited the whole chapter.” She said, “Oh yes. I’ve memorized many chapters.” I said, “Where did you memorize the chapters?” She said, “In prison.” I said, “Did you have much time in prison? Don’t they they confiscate the Bibles?” She said ”Yes. So people bring in Scriptures written on pieces of paper, and they bring it in. The pastor then said, “But if they find that piece of paper on you, won’t they confiscate it?” She said “Oh yes. That’s why you memorize it as fast as you can. Even though they can take the paper away, they can’t take what’s hidden in your heart.. The pastor related about his experience, “Wow, well after three days you fall in love with these people.” Then he asked the group when his teaching time was over, “I’m going to go back to America. You have been just so wonderful. How can I pray for you?” One of the men said, “You know, you guys can gather like this whenever you want to in America. Could you pray that one day will be just like you?” The preacher looked at him and said, “I will not do that.” Big incredulous eyes looked at him and they said, ”Why?” He said, “Because you guys rode a train for 13 hours to get here. In my country, if you’ve gotta drive more than an hour, people don’t come. You sat on a wooden floor for three days. In my country, if people have to sit more than 40 minutes, they leave. You sat not only here for three days on a hardwood floor, but you did it without air conditioning. In my country, if it’s not padded pews and air conditioning, people don’t often come back. In my country, we have an average of two Bibles per family. We don’t read any of them. You hardly have any Bibles, and you memorize them from pieces of paper. I will not pray that you become like us, but I will pray that we become just like you”