Testimonies from the Orient

There were many and one hardly knows which ones to include, but they seemed to love to tell them, and would be happy to know they were retold. I even asked some of them about that.  Most were heard through an interpreter. So many of them have been delivered from so much, and value the Truth more than ever because of that.

In Japan and Korea it was more from experiences, hopelessness, or false religion, temple worship when there was nothing to it. We saw some of their temples and the multiple gods, or pictures of gods.  Some looking kindly and some so cruel looking, but people sacrificing to them.  Irwin told about one more than life size goddess, made of gold, the goddess of mercy.  She has 5 arms on each side, 10 hands and 50 fingers, and can't lift a finger to help.

In the Philippine Islands and among the mountain people of Taiwan, it seemed to be more a hopelessness from their rough way of life, drink, etc.  Their stories seemed such miracles to me, I could hardly take it in.  One or two like this in Korea also.

The little Chinese sister who professed in Taiwan and still is barely welcome at home after 12 years in the work, told of her mother weeping when after an earthquake, their man-god they often prayed to was lying on the floor with its head broken off.  She picked it up and said, "You can't even save yourself.  How can you save us?"  But they still worship them. Later she took some of them out and broke them up. She can't seem to put into words how much joy it has been to her since she found Truth, by attending Gospel meeting in Taipei, where she was working. When she offered for the work, she was so shy, the workers questioned if she would really want to go, but she convinced them, and is so sincere and useful. She was out of the country for the first time and with our group the 3 weeks in Japan. Her English is quite good, the common language there.

All those little native workers seemed so willing to serve and so thankful to be in the work.  In all the countries I enjoyed them so much, also the native brothers. To see their zeal and the thrill they have when there is a little interest is just so encouraging. The very same spirit we see in our zealous young and older workers here.  A good number of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean workers (the ones whose families didn't profess) have suffered a lot when they went into the work, and broke the family
traditions that are so strong over there, but it was nice to know that a number now have parents or siblings and families professing.  We stayed in one Korean home, and this Mr. told us how they had been sad when his brother went into the work, but now their mother is so happy in the Truth and almost all the family professes. He and his wife have meeting in their home, and have a glow of happiness about them, and I believe their 2 grown children are professing.

The youngest sister on our team in Korea, is so proud of her sister just older than she who went into the work.  She, along with the rest of her family, was so upset about it.  Later, when she went to Tokyo to finish her education, she got troubled and went to meetings, and loves the work. My little interpreter, Ki-ae Nahm, Hazel Peterson's companion, was such a humble sincere girl, and so capable.  She said the Truth had brought so much joy into her life; she didn't care what she had to do. But it was hard to go against her parents. Now her mother is very hearty and a brother and wife have meeting in their home, and others of her family are listening.

Family ties seem closer over there, and they take care
of their  elderly parents. The Truth has prospered so much in Korea, also the Philippines, and among the mountain people (the tribesmen) in Taiwan. It has been slow among the Chinese in Taiwan.  (It is a Chinese country and the aborigines, like our Indians in this country, were there before them.)  The Chinese peopleand Japanese seem reticent to listen, though they are in general a high class of people, who believe in honor and hard work.  They seem to look to themselves more than to God.  So the workers have found it slower working among them, but the ones who are professing seem to be real jewels. Some of their testimonies are also so very touching. In the Philippines, the work is older, and lots of old settled saints.  It seems most of the native workers there have been accepted by their families, even the ones who don't profess, and there seem to be many from professing families, also among the tribes people of Taiwan.

One young Chinese couple in Taiwan were especially interesting.  Mr. and Mrs. Lee, with hard Chinese first names I couldn't pronounce, and she didn't know how to
spell in English, but they named their little girl, Nadine, after Nadine Behrend who was there when she was born. They left their apartment near his work, and have bought a 4 story apartment in a small town toward the mountains in order to have a home where there is need, and a place for the workers. The sisters in that part have the 4th  floor of their home. Ten such homes make up the tall building. Each apartment is quite narrow and 3 rooms deep with a little part of the shared back yard and a pretty front yard shared by all.  He drives his motorcycle an hour back to Taipei every day to work. He has a very good job.  They are a very attractive, amazing little couple. He told how he had left the Buddha faith of his parents at age 15 and joined the Presbyterian church, read the Bible and believed in one living God.  In college she also
joined the church. She was satisfied with that, but she felt there was still more. He was reading the Bible and other books, praying, listening to religious tapes, etc., when he saw Eileen Trevithick and Mei-hsia (pronounced "May-siah", the sweet little worker we had in Japan).  As he watched them walk, he felt they were God's servants, and he ran after them, asked them if they were Christians, walked with them 20 minutes, gave them his address and took theirs. They were leaving right away and not to be back before he had an 8 month military obligation, but as soon as possible he listened to the Gospel. Told his little fiancée after just a few meetings, if she didn't like this,
their life together wouldn't work, so they would need to change plans. But she ended up loving it as much as he and they make all kinds of sacrifices for the Gospel's sake.  Including driving from where they live up into the mountains over an hour to meet with two families of babes, mountain people.

And maybe it would be worthwhile to tell you about those mountain babes. The first was, Lo Mu-ting, a policeman and his wife. We had dinner with them and the Mrs. of the other couple. Dellas Linaman and his companion have a crude bach under their house. And this lady, though a babe, wanted to have the workers for dinner and he took off work, as Mr.  Lee had the day before.  At the table he told his testimony, as Chu-han, Della's companion, interpreted and his wife proudly looking on nodding her head. He told how drink had about destroyed his life and he couldn't seem to conquer it.  Was fighting all the time, and mean to his family. About to lose everything and their home in shambles. (Evidently she drank too.)  Thought of taking his life.  When the brothers came and they listened to the Gospel and professed.  He is so enthused now and has gotten them in touch with another policeman who is even more enthused about interesting people, and several others. They both just seemed radiant, and so did the other lady. Her husband had to miss, but they have the meeting and she helped her friend with the dinner. There  wasn’t time to hear her testimony, but it sounded much the same and she only said, "The Gospel saved our home from destruction."  The sisters who stay on the 4th floor at Lee's took me up for dinner so they had 5 workers and thought it was wonderful.

Then Dellas and Chu-han took me on 4 hours across some at the most rugged mountains I have ever seen. So steep, with winding roads to climb up and over. High mountain villages quite often seen.  There are several where the brothers are going for Bible studies with people who seem needy and hungry, and in touch through these
policemen.  We were almost to the east coast when we came to the high mountain village of Nan-Shan. There 4 families and 2 grandmas make the little church. And the sisters have some other interest.  We got there in time for their planned potluck with all 4 families, the sister workers in that part and the brothers from the south.  After supper we had hymns. Some of the most beautiful singing you could ever hear. It seems Oriental people all for the most part have beautiful voices. And then had some testimonies.  And most of the testimonies were as spectacular as the Mu-tings. One such was the Lin home. It was told in detail at their table next day with Jungho, their older sister (Korean) interpreting. Dellas had told me he had been in prison 3 years and nearly died.  When he bounced out to meet us the night before, I thought he was one of the happiest looking men I ever saw, and I never lost that impression being in their home. They, like the other families, have built an upper story on their flat roof so they can have workers and other company. Each have nice homes since they professed, and at least two guest rooms and bath and some a nice big meeting room up there. They all do well, farming vegetables that are trucked down to the cities.  He told how he had drank wine since he was very young, and had grown more and more unhappy and fighting all the time, and mean to his family. After he returned from prison (I suppose from hurting someone when fighting), he vowed he would never drink again, but had no peace night or day until he had some wine, and was back in the same old rut. Decided life wasn't worth it, then thought of the Wangs, the elder and wife, and knew his life used to be that way. Went to see them, and felt the peace in their home with even the children so happy.  Soon the first Gospel meeting was there, and he said before it was over he was convinced it was God, and there was hope for him. He went out to throw away his wine, tobacco, and beach nut, never to touch any of it again, and couldn't believe the peace ever since.  She then told her story, "I was glad to have a different husband but I didn't get any peace and I didn't quit drinking. I hated the meetings, and persecuted him."  (She said this last with tears) "But the more I persecuted him, the kinder he was". Then told how she started going to meetings and did get power, and it was so different after that. They have 3 sweet little boys, and he tries to take time to read with them every morning, she said. It is obvious their home is very happy and peaceful. I stayed at the Shu's across the yard from them. The other sisters and 4 brothers stayed in the other homes. Shu's home seemed so model also, with 3 nice children a little older and professing. She said she professed one year then gave up because of persecution. But after a year she felt it was better to face it and have peace. When he was back in the house, he told how he had persecuted her when she professed, and now so thankful she didn't give up, and he had a chance. All these men seem so kind and their wives so lady-like and saintly appearing, in their neat house dresses and neat hairdos, but the outstanding thing is their obvious happiness and tremendous value of the truth.

They had just harvested their crops and had a little lull so it was a good time to be there. The girls have some interest there. Three churches an hour or more apart meet together at the Leshwei convention grounds once a month and I got to do that the last Sunday there. The longest professing person in Nan Shan village is the wife of the elder, Mrs. Whang. She was a witch doctor but got disillusioned when she couldn't heal folks and raise the dead, and listened when the brothers came 10 years ago. Met alone with her children 2 years. Her husband is such a caring elder.  He sits by the grandmas and interprets in their mountain language in whisper tones so they don't miss.  Came over early for the Bible study at the home where I was. All like to study at the breakfast table. You would just love all these people and find it ever so hard to believe their stories of their past. At the union meeting we had pot luck and visits again before going over the mountains about 3 hours to the NE convention grounds where there was a gospel meeting, after we had supper with a lot of people, and then spent the night. It is a large place, and 2 or 3 families I believe maintain the place, a brother of the lady and his daughter were there for breakfast from the other house. It is a large place and we just had word that there was a bad fire there, destroying
much of the upper floor and convention furniture this last weekend.

I was only in Taiwan 5 days, and not that I enjoyed it more than the rest, but these are some of the most miraculous testimonies.  Some others from the other 3 countries are very interesting also. Especially ones in Korea.