At 19, Feng joined the Boxer Revolution to kill foreigners in his Chinese homeland. Filled with hatred, he helped massacre Christian missionaries, their children and their Chinese converts.
But two particular incidents haunted him.
In one city, a woman named Miss Morrell stood in front of her missionary compound and asked if she could give her life to spare the others. Although the Boxers murdered them all, Feng was shocked by Morrell's sacrificial love.
In another area, Feng was touched and perplexed when a missionary father gently and calmly comforted his son as they were burned alive.
Feng couldn't rest until he learned more about the God who inspired such peace and love in His followers, and Feng ended up giving his life to Christ.
Few of us will be asked to make the sacrifices of Miss Morrell and this unnamed father, but they should inspire us (Hebrews 12:1) and make us ask "What might God be asking me to sacrifice for the Gospel?"*
* For many of us, this will mean adjusting our budget to sacrifice something to help support God's work. But it also can mean sacrificing time and other resources. Most Christians live our lives giving only those things that cost us little or nothing. I am convicted by these examples and I hope you are too.
This story found in Jonathan Goforth, An Open Door in China. After his conversion, Feng worked with Goforth.
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