At the beginning of the year, the junior (intercessor/watchman) heard from the Lord, “Go attend the church at…. and pray there.”
She replied (attempting to clarify; could it be really the Lord?) “O Lord, that is a Chinese church and You know I don’t know how to read Chinese!”
“Go, and attend the church at …………….and pray there.” (The Lord repeated His command).
The junior replied, “O Lord, You know I cannot even sing their worship songs! (Still trying to be assured).
“Go! Attend the church at ….and pray there!”
She then knew there was no way out. So she asked, “O Lord, for how long?” (Now she tried to console herself, and hoped that it would not be too long).
She was told the time frame. The following Lord’s Day she got up very early and obediently drove her little car there. It took her quite a while as it was in another town.
True enough she could not join in singing the songs, which were sung out of tune by the singers (mainly the pastor who had to lead singing and preach). It was a very very small church (with about 10 regulars, of which a few very old grannies who prayed fervently, in the spirit too) and consisted mainly of old folks. She could not understand the sermon either. She could only open her English Bible and read as much as she could when she knew what verses they were singing or preaching.
The only participation in the worship which broke through human language barrier was praying in the Spirit (in tongue). She really participated whole-hardheartedly!
She observed that the singing was ‘terrible’ (‘hard to listen to’ in her own polite words as she tried to describe to her ‘elder’, from whom she hoped to receive some encouragements to persevere). But she pointed out the more important aspect, “But they are anointing!”
She had no friends there though she tried to talk a bit in her own ‘terrible’ (‘hard to listen to and hard to understand’) oral Chinese.
She continued to attend that church for the period specified. In between she ‘ran away’, hoping that the Lord would raise a substitute intercessor for this role. But she returned after being reminded by the Lord.
She remarked that the church continued to have a few (one or two) new members (some really very old men)!
Yesterday the ‘elder’ casually asked her whether she saw a Chinese couple and another Chinese speaking lady who had moved to the vicinity of that church. This junior said she she did not see any of them, whom presumably might have gone to the mother English church which was thought to be more word-filled and Spirit-filled.
Then the junior reported equally casually that the Chinese church was lately filled to the brim with not enough seats now and people (which doubled the usual crowd) had to sit at the entrance! A lot came for healing (both physical and mental, also including some epileptic, paralyzed, autistic young people too, referred from other churches, both charismatic and traditional) ). Some appeared healed (former unbelievers) who had chosen to return with the whole family and stayed on.
They witnessed miracles there! For example, in the last few weeks a lady who could not walk started to walk and now was walking on her own without support!
She further remarked that the lead singer had been changed from the pastor to a young man, who similarly sang ‘hard to listen to’ (or follow) tune, but, very anointing!
Conclusion: Obedience and faithfulness in our daily listening to and walk with the Holy Spirit do matter.
O watchman intercessor, don’t give up! When you hear “Go!” You go.
intercessor, wake up!
p.s: what the junior meant by ‘terrible’ in the singing was that they could not sing the higher notes and she sings high notes. So it was not the lead singers’ fault, but her own preference.
p.p.s.: The junior further updated today that she has now armed herself with a whole stack of PinYin (a way to help one to read and pronounce the Chinese characters in English) song sheets of the scripture songs.
Here is an account from her: ___________________
> the Lord had another surprise for me today:
> Today, Madam K.. chose to sit beside me to make space for the newcomers.
> At the same time, she requested that I help her find the right places
> in her bible for the songs and preaching. I was very pleased when she
> took out a large print Chinese Bible (easy to spot the words from my
> seat) BUT to my utter horror, this unassuming Granny has a Bible in
> Traditional Chinese (the HK & Taiwan version)!! She told me that she
> has been copying the Bible from that version! I think the Lord was
> giving me a surprise quiz on my Chinese today! And in Taiwanese
> Chinese!! By the grace of God, I could help her find her way around her
> Bible! It was only towards the end of the sermon when I told her that I
> could read very few of the words in her Bible! Hahaha! Poor Granny! I
> wonder if she will sit beside me again in future! Hehehe! And there she
> was thinking that I was bilingual all this
>> So it is still back to Philippians 4:13 – I can do ALL things through Christ
> who strengthens me!”
__________NB: There are two ways of writing Chinese: Simplified way which the mainland Chinese use; or the traditional way which the Taiwan Chinese use.