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13 – If God should choose to raise up others for His purpose and never to use us again we would have nothing to complain about.”

27 – I had just one simple prayer: “Lord, please give me a Bible. Amen.

49 – The only safe way was to cut a hole through the ice on the river and baptize the new believers in the freezing water during the night while the police were sleeping.

106 – Many Chinese preachers have been forsaken by their wives while they were in prison for the Gospel. One brother, Li, was sentenced to many years in prison. The moment the sentence was read out in the courtroom his wife stood up and shouted, “I divorce this man!” I didn’t want to do such a thing.

Pg. 120 – The guards came to examine me. They tore off my undergarments to see if I had the disease. They thought the disease had originated from me because I’d spent so much time lying in human waste. They found I was the only prisoner free from the affliction!

120 – The leader of the cell, who had suffered so much from the disease, hated me even more when he saw I’d escaped the affliction. He took my blanket and used it for himself. In its place, he wrapped me in his own disease –ridden blanket, covered in blood, dirt and pus that had oozed from his sores. But the Lord protected me, and I still did not contract the disease.

132 – “You are a fake! You pretended to be dying every day. I’m alive and well in prison even though I’ve killed and raped women. You came to the prison because you believe in Jesus and you’re dying like a sick dog.”

136 – The government family planning officer told me, “Your husband will never get out of prison. Do yourself a favor and don’t let this child come into the world.” They ordered me to return a few days later and they would give me an abortion.

141 – “Brothers, before we believed in Jesus we were just like him. We too were like demons. But Jesus rescued us all when our souls were about to die. We need to have mercy on this man and treat him as if he was Jesus himself.”

163 – In my exhausted condition the devil had convinced me I didn’t need to pray any more, that I could pray to the Lord in my dreams while I slept!

167 – When we returned to our rooms every evening, many of us had badly swollen legs and shoulders from the hard labour. On many occasions I didn’t even have the strength to climb up to my bunk, so I just slept on the floor at the foot of the bed.

172 – to celebrate Christmas. I knelt down on the dirty floor and prayed, “Lord, we only have this dirty toilet to worship you in. But you understand because you left the glory of heaven and were born in a dirty manger.

202 – Several guards commented, “Look, this criminal is even happier than we are, and we are free!

211 – She told the other children, ‘Isaac and his family stupidly believe in Jesus.’ My classmates mock me and say, ‘Your father is a dirty criminal who deserves to be in prison.’”

227 – While I was in prison each man received just 2.50 yuan (about 30 cents) per month, so we could buy small items like paper and toothpaste. But even then the believers set aside a tithe from our meager income.

233 – these same mission organizations started putting other books at the tops of the bags of Bibles. These were books about one particular denomination’s theology, or teaching that focused on certain aspects of God’s Word. This, I believe was the start of disunity among many of China’s house churches.

246 – A young guard carried me around on certain occasions. He saw I was in great pain, and knew I’d received no medical treatment. This young man sympathetically told me, “I am seeing a man truly suffer for Jesus’ name.”

287 – We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry, but a stronger back to endure!

288 – They say we should stay in China and win our own country before we go out. To this illogical argument I respond with a simple question, “Then why does your country send missionaries? Is everyone in your country saved?”

290 – We teach how to witness for the Lord under any circumstance, on trains or buses, or even in the back of a police van on our way to the execution ground.

295 – I presumed the Western church was strong and vibrant because it had brought the gospel to my country with such incredible faith and tenacity. Many missionaries had shown a powerful example by laying down their lives for the sake of Jesus. On many occasions I’ve struggled while speaking in Western churches. There seems to be something missing that leaves me feeling terrible inside.

299 – Many Christians have also asked me why miracles and signs and wonders are so prevalent in China, but not so evident in the West. In the West you have so much. You have insurance for everything. In a way, you don’t need God.

310,311 – I believe when suffering and pain increases, sinning decreases…How we mature as a Christian largely depends on the attitude we have when we’re faced with suffering…The Lord wants us to embrace suffering as a friend…When you learn these lessons, there is nothing left that the world can do to you.

312 – When people hear my testimony they often say, “You must have had a terrible time when you were in prison.” I respond, “What are you talking about? I was with Jesus and had overwhelming joy and peace in His intimate presence.”

313 – Everyone in this world is a slave. They’re either slaves to sin, or slaves of Christ.

The Heavenly Man
by Brother Yun and Paul Hattaway

Posted March 24, 2015 by Mr. Merrick in Books

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