Her humility struck me. Yet again I saw how God uses those who feel most inadequate.
It was a rare opportunity to listen to this woman and other pioneers in China tell their stories of starting new groups of believers in new areas. I asked her how she began her work. “I didn’t know how to work,” she told me, through a translator. “All I could do was kneel down and pray to the Lord. For 13 days I prayed, prayed. Most of the people come to me, because I didn’t know how to start. I just prayed honestly that the Holy Spirit would lead me.”
The work wasn’t easy. Most people in the area were idol worshipers and showed no interest. So she just did what she did best—showing practical care and help. She began cleaning house, doing the laundry, and caring for a mentally ill man in the area. Her dedication was noticed, and neighbors started stopping by to ask her why she was doing it. As they became friendly, they began asking her about Jesus.
And so her ministry grew—providing services for families, caring for the sick, sharing the gospel.
“I learned a very important lesson,” she said. “We serve people first.” Of course that’s exactly the method Ellen White wrote about many years ago: “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me’” (Ministry of Healing, page 143).
Within six months, this praying, compassionate pioneer led nine people to Jesus and baptism.
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