Saying Goodbye

Joanna Fullner

READ : 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (v. 7, NIV) These words were so encouraging to us as we prepared to leave China and the people whose lives we had briefly touched. Some of our students had become believers. But mostly we tried to clear away barriers to belief and to plant seeds. We tried to show God’s love in many ways—class topics, cultural …

Young Teacher's Room

Joanna Fullner

READ : Ephesians 2:4-10 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith . . . (v. 8, NIV) One evening a young teacher friend of ours invited us to visit his room. It was in a gray three-story building that housed the single men teachers. His small room contained an iron cot, a desk, a table, and two chairs—no closet, no dresser, no heat. The men all shared a common bathroom. Hot showers could be enjoyed about …

Easter Sunday

Joanna Fullner

READ : Luke 24:1-12 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6, NIV) It was Easter Sunday. We were given seats in the front row of the very crowded church. It was always a moving experience for me to worship with my Chinese brothers and sisters. We worship the same Lord even though …

The Parade

Joanna Fullner

READ : Luke 23:32-43 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death . . . (v. 32) I thought a parade was coming to town. People were lined up along the road. Little children from the preschool were sitting in their tiny chairs along the sidewalk. But it was no parade that was coming to town this day. Rather it was the chilling sight of five criminals passing by on their way to the …

A Good Deed Forgotten

Joanna Fullner

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. (Ecclesiastes 11:1, NIV) Going to the post office in China was always an adventure. We were thrilled to receive any mail, and getting a parcel was even more exciting. One day I received a small package from a woman in our church back home. It was a tape of Christian music that I had made 10 years earlier for her …

Climbing the Mountains

Joanna Fullner

READ : Psalm 121 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation . . . (Isaiah 52:7, NIV) One day we visited one of China’s beautiful mountains. We climbed up a series of round stone steps for about a mile, sweating in the hot and humid atmosphere. Cautiously, we crossed a rapidly flowing stream barefoot, picking our way through the rushing current by stepping …