Sister Yu's Testimony

Updated: Sep 4

I grew up in a non-Christian family in China. My parents divorced when I was seven years old. Since then I was sent to live with my grandparents (mother-side). My father almost left my life. My mother came to visit me every weekend, but her relationship with my grandma was not good, so they quarreled every weekend. The discordant family atmosphere and the lack of love of childhood made me feel anxious and lonely every day and night. I often hid and cried, didn’t like to smile, and didn’t know what love is. My heart is like a barren desert.

On December 25, 2015, I came to the United States. Michael and Alice from our church came to pick me up at the airport. They worked hard to introduce Los Angeles and the United States with their poor Mandarin and made me feel very welcomed. The next day, they spent a whole day with me to go to Costco and two other supermarkets to buy daily necessities. They also took me to IKEA to buy furniture such as tables and chairs and lamps, went home to help me assemble, and treated me a very delicious Cantonese cuisine. Their kindness and care were beyond my imagination. I began to wonder what kind of belief can make them so good to a stranger? As a result, I came to our church with them the first week after I arrived in LA. The atmosphere of harmony and joy in the church shocked me. This was what I was seeking! I felt at home in the church. I started to wonder that maybe this belief has something different compared to other religions. In order to explore more, I started a one-on-one Bible study with Haobo Wang who is a campus evangelist in AGF. God's holiness and faithful love touched my heart and cured my wound. Although I lost the father of this world, I have found my heavenly Father! He has steadfast love to me. He prepared an eternal home for us and for those who believed him. I knew this is what I had been looking for. So, in the summer of 2016, I thought I was ready to be baptized. But when I informed this decision to my ex-boyfriend, he couldn't accept it at all. He said that I can only choose one among him and God. At that time my faith was not very firm. I was not changed and reborn. So, I chose my ex-boyfriend, left, and turned away from God and our church.

After that, everything returned to its former state, and I fell into deep loneliness again. Gradually, I felt that my ex-boyfriend is not reliable, and he is not worthy. I returned to China in May 2017 due to my grandma’s serious cancer. In June, she passed away. Her death had dealt a big blow to me. She is the closest person to me in my whole life. It made me start thinking about the time we spent together. God opened my eyes and helped me to see how much she loved me. She took care of me from every aspect of my childhood life. It also made me realize how selfish and self-centered I was. I only cared about my own emotions and needs and continued to ask her for care and love. When she was saddened by my mother's quarrel, when she was suffered from cancer, I didn't care for her and accompanied her by her side! What a great sinner I am! Her love and death for m