Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Ray of Sunshine

Her name is Chen Cheng but around here folks just call her "Sunshine".  (Actually, Sunshine is her 'English' name. :)  One thing is for certain, even though “Sunshine” may seem a little unusual to you as a name, it fits her to a ‘T’ !!!!

Sunshine is one of the English teachers who works for our Chinese friend, Angel.  Many of you met Angel last May when she came with us from China to the U.S.  Many of you also know that Angel trusted the Lord while there!  Since returning to China, Angel has had a deep desire for others to know the Lord, too; which is one reason I’m telling you Sunshine’s story today! 

Beginning about four months ago Angel allowed me to have a Bible study every week with a group of teachers that work for her.  She said it was ok to have the study during the group’s workday.  Now, understand, this was not something being forced on this group of teachers by their employer.  They actually were very interested in doing the study!  So, we began ....and it was evident from the start they were searching....

... searching for clear answers, 
... searching for something genuine, 
... searching for hope!

For some, it seems they’re longing for the love and peace of knowing God but are still full of uncertainty and full of questions.   I tell them God is not afraid of their questions, in fact, He welcomes them because He has the answers!

Sunshine was especially full of questions and seemed even a little skeptical at first.  But, as time went by, she began to soften. Then, just this past week, it seemed urgency gripped her!  Yesterday, at the end of the study, she said she wanted to talk to me about becoming a Christian.  After speaking with her further, I explained that she simply needed to talk to God in her own words and invite Him to come into her life… and with tear-filled eyes, she did!!!  And, with tear-filled eyes, ...... I am sharing with you today. 

In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence 
of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  
Luke 15:10

Glory to God, I wish you could have been there! 

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