Stephen Chan

The Late Home-coming Prodigal Son – Chapter 23

A translation from ‘遊子遲遲歸’

Chapter Twenty Three      An Unforgettable Experience in Fuzhou


After settling down in Fuzhou for a while, I began praying for the direction of my ministry. I had already reunited with my mother, but as a servant of God, how could I not serve? I had many opportunities serving God in Chongqing, but no one knew me in the southern part of China other than Rev. Yang Zhao-Zhen (杨兆浈牧师), who was training at Chongqing Seminary when I was there. (He worked for the Every Home Crusade Company (逐家文字布道会) in Hong Kong until retirement and currently living in Toronto with his family). I decided to leave the Christian Assembly altogether to explore around.


In summer, Miss Ding Su-Xin (丁素心老师), the education director of Chongqing theological seminary came to Fuzhou for vacation. I went to visit her and was going to ask her for advice. But instead was told to hurry to a hospital and proclaim the salvation of Christ to a dying pilot who was severely burnt in a fire accident. He was the pilot of a fighter jet. He had been in India for training. When he was there, he happened to attend an evangelical meeting with some friends, but left the meeting half way through. While leaving, they met their superior officer who smiled and said to them, ‘Young men, now you don’t need Jesus. But don’t forget to ask for Him when you are in danger!’ So when this pilot was burning in the flame, he cried out to God and asked, ‘Jesus! Save me!’ Miraculously he was rescued out of the wreckage and sent to the hospital.


I hurried with a sister in Christ to the hospital. When we arrived, I started to talk when he cut me short and said, ‘don’t bother to explain, I need Jesus now. Tell me how to accept Jesus!’ So I led him to confess his sins and accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Then I helped him to know the assurance of salvation by reading 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I asked him if he sincerely believed in Jesus Christ? Were his sins forgiven? His answers were so sincere and honest that I was confident that he became a Christian.


This was my first experience leading someone to Christ in such a short time, experiencing the joy of a worker reaping harvest. The pilot was like a ripened fruit, ready to be picked. I never met this gentleman again, but I reported the whole incidence to Miss Ding and thanked God for this wonderful opportunity.

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