“Testimonies from the Missionary Wives kicked out of China”
What would you do if you were suddenly told you were being expelled from your home in just 10 days…..just for preaching the Gospel? Just a couple months ago, two missionary families were kicked out of China for this exact reason, but their story is not one of defeat! God has worked not only in their hearts but also in the hearts of the Chinese believers. I have asked the wives to share with us what was going on in their hearts at the time. I pray that this will challenge your heart as it did mine.
From Alisha Walz:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6
Acts 12:5 “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but PRAYER was made without ceasing of the church unto God for HIM.”
These two verses came to mind daily, especially when my husband was expelled, or should I say, “Kicked Out of China”. I made it a priority the moment I saw the police enter Omega Baptist Church to trust in the Lord and trust that nothing goes unseen in His eyes. From the time we had the police show up in church until now, I am amazed and thankful for the power of prayer. On Easter Sunday my husband quickly sent out a Facebook status asking people to pray because the police had come into Omega Baptist Church. From that status update we had people, family, and friends from ALL over the world began to pray for our situation. I believe because of people’s prayers for us not once was I afraid for my life, my husband, and my pregnancy. I knew within me that the Lord knows what was and is going to happen, this is part of His plan, and there’s a purpose behind it all even if I may not have understood at the moment. By repeating Proverbs 3:5-6 the Lord helped me from letting “stinkin’ thinkin’” cloud my judgements or cause me to fear. Thank you for your prayers!
The reaction from the Chinese and their attitude helped to encourage me to not worry or fear for them. As foreign missionaries I knew the worst that could happen to us would be being kicked out of China. But I was unsure what the nationals would have to go through and how this could cause them to leave their Christian faith. But to my surprise the Chinese believers had smiles on their faces and as they were allowed to leave the church they were hugging and making plans to meet somewhere for lunch. Then that afternoon from all the four churches in Harbin, the Chinese met at Branch Baptist Church for dinner and prepared for Branch’s evening service that same night. What a great testimony of their faith in our God and to me in my time of doubt! Even today we can rejoice with the Lord, because the churches in Harbin are still having services every Sunday and Wednesday with more excitement to serve the Lord and stronger than ever.
From Stephanie Taube:
I prayed for the Lord to please challenge me when I went back to China this time. I wanted to grow spiritually, and I had felt completely complacent in the months leading up to our departure for the field. I really had no idea what God had in store for me, and honestly I didn’t really think he was going to “grant” my request. I can laugh about it know, but in those 3 short months of landing on the field and then being kicked out of china were some of the most grueling times for me. Things happened to me physically and emotionally that I thought could never happen. God had pushed me to the brink in many of those situations where all that needed to be revealed about me was revealed. Things in my life that I thought I had already dealt with spiritually had to once more be dealt with but in a more severe way. I had just had my 2nd child a month before the police raid happened and although I didn’t realize it was happening, my grip around the “things of this world” had been tightening. I wanted stability! I wanted my house to be perfect. I wanted things for my children and an abundance of them. I needed my husband around all the time and honestly with hormones and all I was pretty demanding about having things go my way. I had been too inwardly focused on trying to meet my own needs and the needs of my family that I had created an idol out of them. I realized just how much of an idol they were to me when they were basically ripped out of my life. It felt like God was weeding the garden of my life and took away my husband and my daughter, my home, our ministry and our security. Once it sunk in that that my little girl was in America, my husband was in Taiwan and newborn son and myself were stuck in China, I broke down. I had never felt so broken before that I was literally shaking uncontrollably while talking to Jake on the phone. There were times in this whole process of transitioning back to the States that all I had was a room and my son and no one else to talk to and in those moments it felt like God was helping me detox from all the distractions that were keeping me away from Him. Those were incredibly hard times where it was just me and God and silence. I had to decide that God was enough for me and realize that I had once again been using my family as my joy instead of filling my life up with Him. Honestly, I haven’t fully recovered from how physically and emotionally stressful that whole ordeal was but I can honestly say that I praise Him for it. I praise Him because He is worthy of it all, and I love my God all the more through all of this. I am thankful for this time of trial and growth and thankful that I have a God who loves me and works everything for good. I will probably always remember what Pastor Liu tian Yi said to Omega Baptist Church that last Sunday we were there. He said, ” I could have preached a 100 sermons for you, and it would not have done for you what that persecution on Sunday has done for you.” I think that’s exactly right. Those 3 short months back in China and that last month in particular was God putting the churches and myself in China through blazing fire. He must burn away the impurities and refine us and sanctify us through his love and grace. I am so unworthy to have gone through what I had gone through. I am in awe and humbled that our Father would have counted me worthy to suffer for His name in any way. Being kicked out of China has been a sanctifying process for my family and the churches and I am so thankful that it happened and that our God is in control of it all.
These ladies have been faithful serving the Lord in China, learning the language, reaching out to the lost and discipling the new believers. Pray that the Lord will see fit to allow them back into China, for the Chinese pastors as they continue to train the 5 new interns, and all the Chinese Christians in Harbin that their faith will be strengthened through these trials. You can hear more about their story here on this podcast
Philippians 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;