Editor's note: This is a story of a male believer named Wisdom who suffered from cerebral palsy caused by a lack of oxygen at birth. His parents accepted this fact by faith, taking him everywhere to seek medical treatment. Although physically disabled, he has an excellent spirit, and God arranged parents, teachers, and classmates to help and encourage him. Now, he actively participates in serving God, which is the wonderful grace of God.
While praying outside the ward, the family waited for a new life to be born. "Whoa, whoa, whoa... " With a cry, a new life came into the world on August 9, 2000.
The child's Christian maternal grandma felt that something was wrong when she heard the baby's cry outside the door. She asked the doctor who had just come out of the operating room, "Why does this child cry like that?" "It doesn’t matter and this child is healthy." (Actually, the doctor knew about the child's defect, but he didn't want to say about it or didn't know how to say.)
"I think this child's cry is not normal. Let's take him to a big hospital for a check-up, as that’s better...", the child's maternal grandma suggested. But his paternal grandma retorted, "Nonsense, the doctor has said that the child is healthy, only you say there is something wrong with the child..."
The child thus missed the "golden period" of treatment...
The child kept crying all through the night until noon the next day, and the cry was different from other babies’. His mother had not slept all night but was instead crying too.
Seeing that the child was still crying until noon the next day, the doctor suggested putting the child to sleep by injection. In this way, the child slept for a day and a night. As first-time parents, they didn't have much experience.
After a few months, the child's parents found that the child couldn’t hold up his head. Becoming nervous, his parents took the child to see a doctor in Shanghai who said that the child just had digestive problems.
The child could not walk until he was 12 months old. The parents became nervous again, and the child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctor said, "There are many reasons for cerebral palsy, and the child’s problem is caused by hypoxia. It is best to be found at an early stage and receive timely rehabilitation treatment, and you found it too late. Now it is better to take treatment than give up... …”
Unable to accept this fact, his mother wept bitterly in front of God, asking, "Why do you give me such a child?" She received a response from God, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
At that time, she was a well-known tailor with several apprentices. After seeing the disabled child, they all persuaded her, saying, "Abandon this child! ", "Give birth to another one", and "He won’t be cured even when grown up." However, the parents decided to accept the child after discussing it for a long time, as they felt it was their responsibility to raise this child and were unwilling to abandon him. Later, the child's mother made a decision of giving up her job to take care of him wholeheartedly...
Thank the Lord, with no mental problems, the child could make phone calls at three years old and recite many ancient poems. With a great thirst for the truth, he fell asleep with hymns every night.
Wisdom didn’t start the first grade until he was nine. His father, a proud man, refused to send him to a special school. Wisdom was fortunate in attending ordinary schools, otherwise, he wouldn’t have been able to know so many words or join the writing ministry. After he graduated from junior high school, his father sent him to a special school where he stayed for a week. As he couldn't stand it, his parents had no choice but to take him home.
He studied in a primary school in his hometown, with good grades in his first and second years. He began to evangelize in his class, where the classmates and teachers were all kind to him, including five Chinese teachers and two math teachers. It was all God's special arrangement and guidance.
During the three years of junior high school, he could not keep up because of faster lesson progression and more difficult homework. Besides teaching him very patiently, the teacher arranged for a classmate to sit behind him to help him.
At the junior high school graduation party, Wisdom once again preached the gospel to a classmate. "I can’t solve the math problems you have taught me for three years, and you also don't believe the gospel I have preached to you for these years." "Wisdom, you should trust science rather than believe in superstition." And Wisdom asked him, "How many scientists do you know?..." "I know what you are going to say next. Can you not talk about this which has been said about for three years? "…
In the summer of 2017, graduating from his junior high school, he couldn’t attend high middle school due to physical illness. The Sunday school teacher encouraged him, saying "Although you can't go to high middle school, you can go to study theology. After graduating from the seminary, you may not preach at the altar but can do literature evangelism. I'll ask the pastor of the church for you, and give you a reply next week." This made Wisdom happy.
After a week, the teacher told him, "The person in charge is afraid that you will not be able to stand studying there. You can read the Bible at home first."
In September of that year, his mother took back the phones from him and his younger sister after the summer vacation. During that time, they only had a Bible at home, no smartphone, TV, or computer. So he read the scriptures, again and again, every day... After half a year, he tried to start writing sermons, the first of which was "God Loves the World".
Later, receiving the smartphone again from his mother, he applied for an official WeChat account to post one sermon every week until now, with an increased number of followers.
Meanwhile, he also opened a Taobao store, which ended only after a few months, but his WeChat account has now been unblocked. He thought maybe the words of the teacher five years ago gave him the courage to persevere in the ministry.
- Translated by Abigail Wu