“In the past, persecution meant bodily harm, now they use psychological pressure. It’s a mental warfare out there too.” Therefore, what keeps you going? we asked. “I never thought about stopping serving the Lord. God is God and there is no other. I need to serve the Lord otherwise I feel empty.”
Sometimes a room can get quite crowded, but in this case, all seven of us were on the edge of our seats in a Chinese hotel listening intently as a Chinese couple described to us some powerful testimonies associated with their ministry.
Lei told us how important it was for her to have a solid foundation in the Word of God and expressed her profound gratitude that the all-important material used at the Bible college she attended, was supplied by VOM Australia. The teaching was specifically designed to equip God’s people for ministry and was extremely practical and systematic throughout the three-year course. The first year centred on basic theology from Genesis to Revelation and helped students understand the Bible. The last two years involved teaching the students how to serve the Lord in ministry, how to teach Sunday school, plant a church and basic leadership training.
Today this course, is being taught in over 20 provinces throughout China and there is a strict interviewing process when screening prospective students to ensure those chosen will remain committed to the course and persevere until it is completed.
New churches within China are excited to support this program as it improves the quality of ministry. After attending the course, students are more confident to stand up and preach and older believers in the congregation are given the opportunity to also learn from this program and become equipped for ministry.
Voice of the Martyrs is committed to providing the best ministry equipment which will improve the lives of believers who hunger to serve God.
“How did all this training impact on your desire to serve God?”
For Lei, her training at the Bible college meant being set apart for three years and do nothing else apart from studying God’s word. “I received very good teaching of the Bible there” Lei said. “My prayer life changed rapidly as we always were praying. I remember one time at the Bible college that there was a temple close by and a special event was happening. We could smell the incense coming into the windows.” She did not understand why they all started to pray but she felt a sense of fear in the room.
After a time of prayer there was an overwhelming feeling of peace among all the students and Lei understood the importance and power of prayer. Lei knows that prayer can be used as a weapon in spiritual warfare and whenever she has faced fear, she always remembers what happened at the Bible college.
Like pieces of a broken bottle
Many times people had told Lei she had a gift of teaching, but she rejected the thought as she only saw herself as a simple servant of the Lord. However, Lei constantly sought the Lord in prayer, seeking His will for her life. One night she heard a very peaceful voice say, “I want you to be a teacher of My Word.”
At the same time Lei saw a vision of a bottle broken into many pieces then suddenly the pieces came together, and the bottle was restored. Considering the vision Lei understood that her life had often been broken into many pieces. As Lei surrendered her life to the Lord for service and saw the broken bottle made whole, she now had the confidence the Lord had rebuilt her life for a purpose and God’s purpose for Lei was to share his Word with others.
This experience caused a radical change in Lei’s life. Her desire to teach God’s Word became firmly established, “My calling is very clear and even though I went through a time of transition I felt that in having the vision I found God’s direction for my life.”
After graduating from Bible college, Lei returned to her home town. She was immediately asked to teach a Bible class and preach at the church before the elders. All she had was her Bible and no preaching material, but Lei trusted the Lord and over a three-day period, Lei taught from Second Peter. Fulfilling the task, became a great encouragement to Lei and confirmation that God was with her as she used the teaching gift He had entrusted to His servant.
Because of Lei’s unwavering faith, she now has an inspiring testimony and her teaching ministry is expanding into new and exciting places. Lei is now responsible for a teaching program which is impacting believers throughout China.
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