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A convert from Islam

A convert from Islam

    The woman was in her early eighties.  I met her at a large, though empty,  public church (a government approved church) that seats about 1000. I visited there on a Tuesday morning.  When I walked to the front of the church to take pictures, she was kneeling at the communion rail, praying.  She dabbed her tears with a tissue now and again, then refolded her hands in reverent prayer.
    When she noticed that I was there, someone from the group of a half dozen that was showing me the church told her who I was.  She immediately came over clasped my hands in hers.  Then with tears glistening in her eyes and a warm grandmother hug, she demonstrated she was overjoyed that I would visit her church.  Actually, her appreciative chatter and hugging went on for some time. Meanwhile I tried to communicate that I, too, was happy to be with her in the Lord’s house.
    Her story came out through an interpreter.  She had had emotional issues that brought her to living on the streets. One of the members of this church befriended her and invited her to visit.  “As soon as I entered the church, my mind cleared,” she said.  “I was no longer troubled. I could think.”  From that time she has been coming each day to pray at the church; she was brought to faith in Jesus; she was baptized.
    “But my husband and family are all Muslims,” she continued.  “I can’t tell them that I’ve become a Christian.  I come here secretly.”
    God’s grace continues to find his own, even through the barriers of emotional difficulties and false religion.  
    This sweet woman made me all the more grateful to be part of 316NOW as it works to equip and encourage Christian leaders so many more Chinese grandmothers … and their families … will come to know the power and peace of God’s grace in Jesus.