A Foreign Bride’s Story

Foreign bride's family

Foreign bride’s family + Missionaries & us

Many people have an interesting story to tell, if only we have the time to listen. This one is about a foreign bride from Quilin, Guangxi Province in China. She had a hard life for as long as she could remember. She recalled that even though they worked very hard, her family was very poor and would often go hungry and cold in the winter. When she was five, her mother fell sick. It was one of those slow, chronic diseases from which she never recovered, only getting worse and worse despite continually taking herbal medicine.

When she reached marriageable age, she was desperate for a change. So when her Taiwanese husband came to China looking for a foreign bride, she thought why not give it a try, as anything would be better than the life she led then. So even though she knew only Mandarin and he knew only Taiwanese (Min Nan) and they could not understand each other, she left home to come to Taiwan.

But things did not improve. She worked just as hard as before, and she was far away from home and lonely. There was no one to talk to, let alone lend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. They had a son, who became ill and was in serious condition. She went to the temple to get an incantation, which she burned and mixed the ashes with water for her son to drink, in the hope that he would be healed, but it only made him worse.

One day she was sweeping the floor and turned on the TV to keep her company. It was the 700 Club on GoodTV, a Christian station in Taiwan http://www.goodtv.tv/
The host addressed the viewers directly, “Stop whatever you are doing and put it aside, for Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ It arrested her attention immediately as “rest” was what she needed, rest for her soul. She listened intently as the host explained the gospel and led the audience through the sinner’s prayer. Tears streamed down her face as she committed her life to Jesus right there and then, and she felt relief as she had never felt before.

No, her problems did not disappear overnight, as that was not what God promised. But she did find rest. One by one, her family was won to the Lord, first her two children, then eventually her husband. She was very zealous for God and led many of her friends to Christ, and is now serving as deaconess in her church. Not all stories have happy endings, but this one does. What the Lord promised, He delivers. If you have unsaved loved ones, the best thing you could do for them is to pray for their salvation. He hears.

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