One day in 2003, the great red dragon took me to the local police station on the pretext of testing for SARS. In timidity and fright, I kept calling on God, “O God, give me wisdom and faith. I am willing to safeguard the interests of your family. I would rather die than become a Judas.” After the prayer, I remembered it had often been fellowshipped that, if we encountered persecution, we should fight wittily and bravely against the great red dragon and overcome its schemes by wisdom. So, when the great red dragon interrogated me, I began to speak in “tongues.” No matter how they interrogated and intimidated me, I just kept on speaking in “tongues.” In the end, seeing that they could wring nothing out of me, they stopped the interrogation and put me into the lockup.
In the lockup, thinking of the fierce looks of the great red dragon, I felt frightened and worried again: “If tomorrow the great red dragon sees through my game, I’ll get into trouble. I don’t know how I will be beaten!” The more I thought about it, the more fearful I became. Then, a hymn rang in my ears: “The approaching of darkness and the arriving of God’s day are under God’s sovereign arrangement. How can I withdraw, how can I escape, and what was I created for? It is right and proper to offer up myself and lay down my life for God. By this I comfort God’s heart. My heart feels assured and infinitely satisfied for the honor to repay God. With the last suffering, I end my flesh to satisfy God’s heart. The bitter cup God gives, how can I not drink? I should fight bravely in the battlefield. The dawn is right ahead. I drop the future, disregard gain or loss, and seek only to satisfy God. Death is no pity and no wonder, for God’s will is above everything.” At the moment, I suddenly felt I had faith and strength. I resolved to uphold the testimony for God and never be a Judas.
The next early morning, they interrogated me again, and I went on to speak in “tongues.” One of the police officers darted to me and kicked my feet ferociously, saying, “Stop pretending. We know for you playing the fool is wisdom….” At this time, another police officer came over with an iron drill. He subjected me to torture under the pretext of testing my blood. When I could hardly overcome it, God’s words inspired me: “Don’t be afraid of this or that. The Almighty God of hosts will surely be with you. He will be your rear guard and shield.” Yes, having God with me and as my rear guard, what shall I be afraid of? Then I remembered that Daniel the prophet of old was thrown into the lion’s den for his testimony for God but he still had the presence of God. Immediately, I felt a powerful strength supporting me. I feared no more and resolved to uphold the testimony for God even at the expense of my life. Amazingly, when I relied on God with a true heart, even though the great red dragon tortured me fiercely and cruelly, I did not feel very much pain. At that moment, I knew perfectly well that God was keeping me and God’s hand was sustaining me. Under God’s leading, I tided over the difficulties one after another. In the end, the great red dragon was at its wits’ end and had to release me. From the bottom of my heart, I thanked and praised God: O Almighty God, thank you for the feast you have made for me. I have seen clearly the fierce, cruel, and malicious essence of the great red dragon, tasted your wisdom and wonder, and really experienced the power and authority of your word. Even more, I have experienced your almightiness and sovereignty: without your permission, the great red dragon can do nothing about me no matter how fierce and cruel it is. O God, it is not my true stature that this time I could uphold the testimony before the great red dragon. Rather, it is because you gave me faith and strength and your powerful hand sustained me. I am willing to give all the glory to you. In the future, no matter what sufferings and trials may come upon me, I will rely on you to uphold the testimony and shame the devils and satan.
Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province