How could one man save 10,000 souls?
A “Reunion with Darrell” on Zoom was held on Oct. 9th, 2020. About 30 people from United States and China were gathered online with their spiritual teacher Darrell Hymel. The online meeting started with the Song <Amazing Grace>, followed by the story sharing and worship from the Christians who were led to God by Darrell. Dick Sullivan, Kelly Hammel who went to China with Darrell several times joined this reunion and interacted with their “loge time no see old friends”. This event was organized by Diana Ding, Lily Zhang, Licia Liu, Judy Liu and Hellen Wei.
For nearly 30 years Darrell Hymel has been preaching the gospel in China. Spent 100+ days every year in China for over 14 years. God has saved thousands of people in China through his work. Over 10,000 people were baptized and became Christians. Diana Ding was one of them who baptized in Hangzhou in 1998.
Christians from different cities in US and China shared their stories.
Diana Ding said:
“I heard many thrilling stories about Darrell’s evangelizing in China. He went through tremendous difficulties and dangers during his trip. How could one man save 10,000 souls? This is the miracle and faith that inspired me and many others.
My favorite song is —“the most beautiful blessing In the life is to getting to know Jesus”. I believe the best bible teacher I have met is Darrel, as he set up the best example as a Christian. I could not imagine without his help , how hopeless and miserable we would still be in our spiritual lives.
Diana has been my best friend for many years before I met Darrell. I had marriage problems at that time. I was struggling with a decision. Should I get a divorce, or should I stay married for my daughter? That time my daughter was very little that she was just two years old. Diana had been helping me for a while and then one day she invited me to study English. She took me to the hotel where Darrell taught people about the Bible.
That was the first time I learned about the Bible. Darrell used some Chinese characters and connected them with Bible stories. I found it very interesing. I listened and listened. Suddenly a Bible verse caught my attention.
Matthew 6:25-27, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear, is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
These words totally eased my worries. At that time, I was worried about questions like
“How much money did I have?” or “How can I take care of my little daughter and myself if I become a single mom?”
After attending the Bible study a few times, I decided to follow Jesus. Darrell baptized me and I became a Christian in Zhuhai. Darrell helped us start a Bible study group. Since then I always go to our zhuhai group every Sunday. I brought my daughter there with me. I also brought my parents whenever they visiting me from Beijing. They enjoyed spending the time with our group and enjoyed studying Bible.Finally they decided to follow Jesus too then Darrell baptized my parents. That was a amazing memory for me and my family.
Diana is very special in my life. She always is a good influence and tries to share her best stuff. Jesus is the very best thing that she shared with me. One example she gave was what would happen if I was drowned in the river. If I was scared and fought her in the water when she was trying to rescue me, I may drag her down into the water with me. But if I was obedient and calm, she can easily save my life. I listened. She is the angel God sent me. Indeed, God has changed and saved me through Diana and Darrell.
I have been in the United States since 2005. I only had a part time job for two years. Mostly I have been taking care of my daughter and husband. I am very proud of my daughter who has a big dream and is a very good Christian that all because she grow up at our zhuhai Bible study group. I have had ups and downs in my life. But I always stay close with God. He gives me strength and power and a peaceful heart. For that I am truly thankful.
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