In August 2002, betrayed by the people in a certain denomination, I fell into the hands of the great red dragon. From me the great red dragon searched out a book of God’s word, a hymnal, a pager, and some other articles, and then they subjected me to stern interrogation. They threatened me by saying, “With the evidence of these things and the testimony of them seven (the denominational people who betrayed me), even if you refuse to confess, we can still pass a sentence on you. You’d better tell us the whole truth.” At this time, I remembered what had been fellowshipped, “Before the witnesses and material evidence, it is the highest wisdom to never confess,” so I said nothing. After I was back in the prison cell, unexpectedly, the prisoners, instructed by the great red dragon, all tried to coax something out of me. They said, “What crime have you actually committed? Why do they always try you?” “Tell us what you have done and we’ll give you advice. We stand on your side, and we won’t betray you.” Seeing me silent, one of them went on: “Even if you confess nothing, it doesn’t do any good; they can now force a sentence on you.” At the words “force a sentence,” my heart skipped a beat and became tempestuous: Today, I would rather die than become a Judas. But if the great red dragon forces a sentence on me, that will be very bad. Now the brothers and sisters are all actively performing duties to prepare good deeds; if I’m to be imprisoned for three to five years, then will I still have the opportunity to prepare good deeds? Thinking of this, I felt very distressed. So, many times I came before God and prayed to God, supplicating God to give me wisdom and strength so that I could see through satan’s schemes and stand for God’s testimony.
A few days later, I was fetched for another interrogation. When I walked into the interrogation room, I unexpectedly saw three men there, my father, my father-in-law, and my cousin (they came from my hometown a long distance away). At the sight of me, my father impatiently called me by my pet name. Before I realized what had happened, a word came out from my mouth: “I don’t know you.” “I’m your father,” said my father. “How come you can’t recognize me?” “I don’t know you.” My firm reply shocked all the people present. At this time, the great red dragon said, “You see, she even can’t recognize her father who has raised her for more than twenty years. She’s simply mad with believing in God. If she were a normal person, when seeing her long-separated relatives in this place, she would surely have a good cry; but she doesn’t even shed a tear….” Whatever they said, my heart remained very calm, and I felt a strong power supporting me. At that moment, I seemed to have transcended emotions and have no fleshly weakness.
After I returned to the prison cell, however, that power disappeared. Thinking that I met my relatives yet couldn’t acknowledge them and recalling what the prisoners said that day, I began to weep, sadly. Only then did I realize that the power I had a moment ago was given by God. While I was weeping, a passage of God’s word inspired me: “His nature is a symbol of authority, a symbol of all righteousness, a symbol of all beauty and good, and even more a symbol that he cannot be overpowered or attacked by any hostile power or darkness….” Ah, yes. God’s nature is a symbol of the highest authority and a symbol that he cannot be overpowered or attacked by any hostile power or darkness. During these days in the prison cell, though the great red dragon played tricks, trying to coax me through the prisoners and calling my relatives here from my hometown a long distance away to make me confess the things about my belief in God, yet I have not fallen into their schemes. Isn’t all this due to God’s keeping? If my words and actions were under God’s control, how much more is my destiny in God’s hand? At this thought, I felt brightened all at once. Then I prayed silently in my heart: O God! I have understood that the great red dragon is in your hand, for everything is in your control. Without your permission, the great red dragon can’t pass sentence on me. If you permit me to be imprisoned, I’ll submit to your control and arrangement. I have full confidence in you.
One month later, the great red dragon came to call me again. I thought they were fetching me for another interrogation, but to my surprise, they released me. When I read the words on the release certificate, “Acquitted because of insufficient evidence,” I was inexpressibly excited. From this I saw God’s wonderful deed. Yes! It is right and proper for a created being to worship the Creator; what crime have I committed? I could not help uttering my heartfelt thanks and praise to God: O Almighty God, how wonderful your deed is! In this experience, you have made me see truly that your nature is a symbol of the highest authority and that the great red dragon is nothing but a serving object in your hand. It is completely because you gave me wisdom and strength that this time I could see through the schemes of the great red dragon and stand for your testimony. To you be all the glory. No matter what tribulations and trials may come upon me in future, and no matter how great the hardships and how many trials I have to undergo, I will resolutely follow you to the end, and fall down and worship you forever.
Tongcheng City, Anhui Province