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  • Hey? Xiaolan? (Hi!)

  • I haven't seen you in a while. Where've you been?

  • I've been in "jail" for the past month.

  • What!

  • Were you reported for spreading the gospel?

  • Nope.

  • Were you followed to a meeting?

  • Nope.

  • Was your phone monitored? (No.)

  • Oh, then were you

  • No.

  • Hey, hey, hey, hey, so what exactly happened?

  • The "jail" I'm talking about is my home.

  • My dad kept me locked up at home.

  • He didn't find out you believe in God, did he?

  • Don't even ask.

  • What happened?

  • He found out I believe in Almighty God and he pushes me to stop every day.

  • He never lets up!

  • It's not easy believing in God when you live with a Communist Party official.

  • You're not kidding!

  • My father, secretary of political and legal affairs. (Yeah?)

  • In charge of religions.

  • Would he ever agree to me believing in God?

  • The Chinese Communist Party (Yes?)

  • says that if national cadres or their relatives believe in God,

  • they're fired the second it's found out!

  • That's right.

  • You'll have to believe in secret.

  • That day I came home after my meeting,

  • and I saw an angry look on his face.

  • What happened?

  • He found the book of God's word I had hid in my dresser.

  • It looks like she has a domestic spiritual battle coming up.

  • "Xiaolan, do you believe in Almighty God?

  • Did you just come back from a meeting?"

  • "Yes, what's wrong?"

  • "What's wrong!

  • The central government issued many documents demanding that we suppress religious belief.

  • They want to fully eliminate house churches,

  • especially The Church of Almighty God,

  • they won't stop until they stamp it out completely!"

  • He is implementing the central government's guidelines at home!

  • "The CCP is brutal with anybody who believes in God.

  • If you dare believe in God in China, you must have a death wish!

  • I'm warning you, you better quit believing in Almighty God!"

  • How the CCP takes "care" of things is always worse than you'd imagine.

  • Your dad is right about that.

  • I can understand his fear of me being arrested and going to jail.

  • It's natural that he'd worry.

  • That's why I had to use reason and sentiment to change his mind.

  • Right, just lay out the facts and explain things to him.

  • I went to the kitchen to get him a cup of tea. (Yes?)

  • "Dad,

  • remember how I was so focused on myself before I started believing in God?

  • I spent all my time amusing myself, wasting my life away,

  • I was selfish and stubborn.

  • I caused you and Mom a lot of worry."

  • That's just how young people are.

  • "Then I believed in God and read Almighty God's words,

  • I understood the truth,

  • and saw the world's darkness and evil clearly."

  • That's right!

  • "I practice according to God's word and want to be an honest person,

  • with normal humanity, walking the correct path.

  • This was all because Almighty God saved me!"

  • And was his attitude better after you told him that?

  • My dad said, (Yes?)

  • "I admit you've changed since believing in God.

  • I know believing in God is good."

  • That's right.

  • "But the Communist Party doesn't allow belief in God!"

  • You'll be persecuted if you're a believer.

  • "Xiaolan,

  • you're too young,

  • and you don't understand the Communist Party.

  • They're atheist and they hate believers more than anyone.

  • Sometimes you go to jail, sometimes they kill you!"

  • And they don't even need a reason.

  • "If they arrest you, I won't be able to help you.

  • I'm forbidding you from believing for your own good!"

  • What did you say?

  • "Dad, I know everything you're telling me."

  • "But you still believe?"

  • "Dad, the world is so dark and evil today."

  • That's right.

  • "People have been corrupted so deeply.

  • If we don't believe in God and repent,

  • we'll be destroyed in the disaster."

  • Mankind is corrupt and needs God's salvation.

  • "Alright, enough. I don't believe any of that!"

  • A typical atheist.

  • "I'm a Communist Party official, they pay my salary,

  • and I work for them.

  • It's forbidden for Christians to exist in a Communist member's family!"

  • The CCP sure has turned your dad into a loyal party member!

  • Yes, they have!

  • And as soon as I heard my dad's words, I …

  • Were you wavering?

  • I told him exactly what I thought. (Oh?)

  • "Dad,

  • I'll listen to you in everything else,

  • but in the matter of belief, I have my views and position.

  • No matter what you say, I'll believe in God."

  • Her statement is clear and her position is firm.

  • I might have been clear, but my dad couldn't accept it.

  • Why not?

  • "I spent all that time talking, and you didn't hear any of it!"

  • He's angry now.

  • "If you don't listen to me, not only will you end up in jail,

  • but I'll lose my job.

  • You're my daughter! Do what I say!"

  • Communist Party officials also use their power to oppress at home,

  • even on their own children!

  • Just when he finished speaking, I heard a bang!

  • What was it?

  • He slammed the door and left.

  • And then I was under lock and key.

  • That's terrible.

  • No, it wasn't. (It wasn't?)

  • My dad and my mom put me under 24-hour surveillance!

  • They really feel like watching you!

  • One day, I had a meeting, so I told my dad

  • Yes?

  • "Dad, I have something to do, I'm going out."

  • Did he let you?

  • Yes!

  • He's your father,

  • he doesn't wanna be too hard on you.

  • Oh really?

  • Huh?

  • He was very hard on me!

  • What happened then?

  • My dad, while reading the newspaper, said, (Yeah?)

  • "You're her mother, you go with her."

  • Oh! So, he made your mom become your bodyguard?

  • That's right!

  • My mom watched me during the day and stayed with me at night. (Wow!)

  • I didn't have any freedom at all.

  • Like a bird in a cage.

  • I couldn't go to meetings or see my brothers and sisters.

  • It was absolute torture! Awful!

  • I wanted—(Hey!)

  • You didn't do anything crazy, did you?

  • I wanted to sing.

  • Then sing.

  • That's right.

  • Hey, you can't just suffer. Pray to God!

  • Right, relying on God is the wisest thing to do.

  • That's right!

  • I prayed, and read a passage of God's word.

  • Well, share it with us.

  • Amen!

  • Listening to God's word gives us faith!

  • Exactly!

  • Even though I lost my church life, and couldn't see my brothers and sisters,

  • God was with me,

  • leading me and making my faith stronger. (Yes.)

  • I grew spiritually.

  • Thanks to God's guidance.

  • My dad could control my movements,

  • but he couldn't stop my heart from following God.

  • At home I could still read God's word and be near God.

  • This is the kind of witness Christians should have!

  • But just after I had managed to calm down,

  • a huge wave came along and struck me.

  • What huge wave?

  • One day, my dad wasn't at home,

  • and I was secretly listening to hymns of God's word.

  • And?

  • Suddenly, the door of my "jail" burst open.

  • What?

  • Oh, the door of my room.

  • It's your dad?

  • That's correct.

  • Oh no