Perhaps Joseph said it best: "God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people" (Genesis 50:20 NLT).

 

Because of this, people like Pastor Li and his wife never have the time to feel sorry for themselves as they are too busy looking for the door God will open next. When Pastor Li enters prison, he reaches people for Christ he might not have otherwise met.

 

He has become so well known that whenever he is arrested again, it makes headlines worldwide and China's policies toward Christians are again under scrutiny. They know they are in spiritual warfare and believe that is just where they need to be to serve God properly. And they wouldn't miss that opportunity for the world.

 

"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains." - Paul (Ephesians 6:19-20 NIV)

 

Excerpted from Jesus Freaks Volume II: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World: Fearing God, Not Man by dc Talk. Copyright (c) 2002, Bethany House Publishers ISBN 0764227467. Published by Bethany House Publishers. Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

 

PHOTO by AP/Wide World:

Chinese military police guard, right, struggles to stop a North Korean asylum-seeker as he and at least 19 others rushed into the Spanish Embassy in Beijing Thursday March 14, 2002. The North Koreans, who said they were fleeing persecution in their hard-line communist country, sought asylum at the embassy, threatening suicide if they are sent back. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)