3. God’s Double Agent by Bob Fu
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Although once a promising student, Bob Fu now had nothing left to live for except murder. Everything had changed after the Tiananmen Square protests. Only because of his girlfriend’s sudden illness had Bob left the protests shortly before they ended in massacre.
Back at university, Bob found that his former friends now shunned him as a counterrevolutionary—including the university president. Stripped of his prospects, Bob determined he’d end his own life, and the president’s too. But then he read the book which led him to Christ.
Before long, Bob’s newfound faith spearheaded a notable revival among his fellow students. He didn’t realize how illegal his evangelistic activities were, however, until he landed in an interrogation cell for handing out religious pamphlets at a church service. If only he didn’t have the pamplets with him in the interrogation room!
I won’t give away how the authorities missed discovering the pamphlets. But I will say that when Bob returned to campus, he found his friends on their knees praying for him. From there, the students realized they must go “underground.”
Bob’s adventures only intensified after graduation. By day, he taught English to high-ranking communist officials. By night, he operated a training centre for underground pastors.
Days of imprisonment, miraculous escapes, and other exploits lay ahead—but I’ll let Bob tell you about them himself in God’s Double Agent.
Practical takeaways for Christians today:
When Bob discovered his decision to follow Christ literally made people question his sanity, he recognized that as Christians, we can’t control others’ responses to us. “In reality,” he decided, “the only thing we can control is our character, so that should be my primary concern.”
He later explained how character itself is a powerful witness, describing how the conscientiousness of Christian factory workers inspired their co-workers to faith. We, like these Christians, become portraits of God’s grace when we live faithfully for Jesus whatever the circumstances.
When Bob and his fellow students realized the dangers of following Christ, they didn’t stop sharing the gospel. They simply sought ways to do so strategically, following Jesus’ warning to be “wise as serpents and gentle as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Their actions remind us to fall into neither fear nor recklessness, but to “walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time” (Colossians 4:5, ESV).
When the students went underground, one of them asked, “Hasn’t the Lord prepared us for this moment? We’ve been nurtured by those older Christians, who’ve already experienced so much suffering. They’ve testified that God is faithful even during their persecution.”
Like these students, we can prepare ourselves to follow Jesus in hostile environments by learning from those who have tasted God’s faithfulness before us.
Walking on Water
This student’s realization highlights the importance of reading stories from the persecuted church—stories like God’s Smuggler, God’s Smuggler to China, God’s Double Agent, and many, many others.
These autobiographies lend us practical insights for facing hostility, urging us to memorize Scripture, depend fully on God, count the cost of discipleship, draw close to our Saviour, offer the sacrifice of prayer, live with character, walk in wisdom, disciple the young, and learn from the old. Along the way, such testimonies also let us glimpse the glory of a God who stands on tempest-driven waves—and bids us to follow Him into the storm.
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