Trust in the Lord, the Source of Peace and Joy

 


 

It was a rainy day at Ping’s village. Surprisingly, when our worker Sister Cao stepped into Ping’s house (above), the rain did not stop. Instead, it trickled down from the ceiling onto the dusty cement floor, onto the clothes which Ping had left to dry, and onto the bed where Sister Cao would sleep that night. Looking up, she could see the sky through the holes scattered across the ceiling, which itself was nothing more than a web of fragile wooden logs and rusty metal sheets. The interior of the house was by no means more appealing; it was dim, disorganized, and poorly furnished. Ping had glued pages of newspaper articles onto the brick walls to serve as wallpaper because that was the only form of embellishment she could afford to have in her house. Every day, Ping lives in this place with her son, her 3-month-old granddaughter, and her daughter-in-law, who suffers from severe depression.

 

Although Ping’s living conditions have fallen below the minimum standard set by the national government, local authorities have consistently turned a blind eye to her cry for help. They have not only withheld welfare services from Ping, but have also confiscated a large amount of land to which she is legally entitled. Ironically, all this happened because Ping made the decision to follow Jesus. Time after time, government officials have told Ping to “believe in the Communist Party” instead of believing in Jesus, but she has not listened to them. To Ping, the promise of salvation is worth much more than a comfortable life on Earth.

 

As always, there are reasons for us to hope. Besides receiving monthly stipends from our Baby Shower Program, Ping has started to get extra assistance from a church in a nearby city. Since receiving this help, Ping’s daughter-in-law also seems to be less depressed. She is now able to sing hymns and engage in simple conversations when Sister Cao visits her.

 

Despite these promising changes, our prayers for this family should never cease. Please pray for God’s complete healing over Ping’s daughter-in-law. As a result of her depression, she often isolates herself from others and becomes agitated or even violent when people try to approach her. For this reason, please also pray for those who are looking after her and her daughter, that the Lord would grant them patience and compassion in their caretaking roles. Finally, we pray that God would show mercy to Ping, as He has “chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him.” (James 2:5)

 

In the rickety house, the pouring rain continued. Ping stared into the sky, as if searching for silver linings among the dark clouds. It has been more than ten years since her husband died. Apart from losing her husband, she has also lost her land, her property, and her right to live a better life. But there is one thing Ping has never lost: her faith in Jesus Christ. On the wooden bar above Ping’s front door, there are some Chinese words written in black ink. Although the words have turned blurry after repeated exposure to rain and moisture, they are still clearly readable to passersby. Together, they form a sentence, a motto for Ping as she carries on with the struggles of life: “Trust in the Lord, the source of peace and joy.” 

 

The Baby Shower Program is bringing life, value, and dignity to baby girls in China by showing their families that girls have value. Please support mothers like Ping by giving to our Baby Shower Program

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