About the beginning of May ’16, we were informed by Pastor Phil from Cornerstone Church when he came to our church that there was an event organised at his church where Brother Yun author of ‘The Heavenly Man’, would be coming to give his testimony. Now my father had bought this book for my wife many years ago, and she had read it, and had bought his second book ‘Living water’ as well. Hence we both thought it an excellent opportunity to meet the man in person and listen to his testimony, as it does look like he has been through quite alot over the many years.For those who do not know him, Brother Yun is currently 58 years old (born 1/1/1958) and has been exiled from China owing to his profession of the Christian faith. He is most well known for his book ‘The Heavenly Man’, as well as his second book ‘Living water’. I could not find his first book at home, as my wife had lent it to a friend.
The event occurred in the evening of Friday 17th June 2016. I thought it was a rather interesting event, for two reasons. Firstly, this was the first time I had heard of the ‘Back to Jerusalem’ movement from the organisers and in such detail. Over the many years, I have been aware that many Western missionaries were sent into China to spread the Gospel, as China has such a large population for them to reach out to.
So to hear now that the opposite is happening, with missionaries from China going out to what they call the 1040 corridor, between China and the Middle East to do this work amongst the people there is simply amazing news. There is distrust of westerners bringing their religion to this area, but for the Chinese to do so is less intimidating to the local population there. The link to the website of the Back to Jerusalem campaign can be found here: Back to Jerusalem
The second thing I found to be amazing was that Brother Yun was accompanied by a Finnish man who translated for him. He was introduced to the congregation as Brother Tang, although he is not Chinese. And it was amazing how he could translate into fluent English (or what he called Fin-glish) while Brother Yun testified in Mandarin with a very strong Chinese accent. But clearly language was not a barrier for his able translator.
Brother Yun testified to the things which had happened to him over the many years, with him being incarcerated in prison 3 times, having sustained fractures to both his legs to the point where he doubted he could ever walk again, and he told of the despair he felt while in prison. But he also recalls the healing he received so that he could walk again and hence today he can travel from country to country to share his personal testimony.
He also talked of that day of his incredible escape from the Zhengzhou maximum security prison in China, where no one else had ever escaped from. And he simply walked out of there unhindered, passing guards along the way and through open doors to his ultimate escape from that prison and ultimately from China. These accounts will be familiar to those who have read his first book, which was his autobiography.
For a man who has been through so much, you can still see the genuine smile and joy in his life and testimony, and the passion he still has to this day. For those who have met him, my wife and I included, we can understand why he continues to live an amazing life.