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  • The cart is ready.

  • Okay.

  • It's Sister Zhong.

  • - I'll go let her in. - Okay.

  • Come in. Hurry.

  • Okay.

  • You all ready?

  • Yeah.

  • Maybe we should wait till the rain stops.

  • With the rain, no one will be out. It's safe.

  • She's right.

  • You alright?

  • My back's acting up.

  • Forget it, let's go.

  • Here?

  • It's cold.

  • You've been working all night.

  • Have some dinner then go to bed.

  • Okay.

  • Brother Lin.

  • Hello.

  • What is it?

  • Census takers are at my sister's village.

  • So they'll be here soon.

  • They're not really taking census.

  • They're just searching people's homes.

  • They're even searching barns and chicken coops.

  • Liu, one of the census takers,

  • said the government is using it to root out believers.

  • Then we have to hide Sister Zhong.

  • Mom, look around this place.

  • Where could we hide her?

  • I might have an idea.

  • It's so cold out. Will you be okay?

  • I'll be fine.

  • It's better than prison.

  • People hunted by the CCP have nowhere to go.

  • Give it to me.

  • Hey.

  • They're coming soon.

  • If the church doesn't really need you, don't go anywhere.

  • Hide here for a few days.

  • I can't do that.

  • The new believers need watering. I have to meet with them.

  • I'll leave before it's dawn and I'll be back after dark.

  • Okay.

  • Wait, wait, wait.

  • I have to catch my breath.

  • We've only walked a couple of miles and you need a rest?

  • Yeah, I do.

  • I can't keep up with you.

  • You've been sleeping in a cold haystack for a week.

  • There's no way I could do that.

  • You care too much about your flesh and haven't really suffered anything.

  • How can you do your duty well without suffering for it?

  • You first.

  • Attention villagers!

  • Attention villagers!

  • The government has announced

  • that if anyone sees a stranger illegally preaching or holding gatherings,

  • they must inform the village committee immediately.

  • Inform the village committee immediately!

  • Hey Mr. Li,

  • I hear Mrs. Chen who lives by you is a believer.

  • Did you know?

  • Haven't strangers been visiting her house lately? Huh?

  • I've got nothing to do with whoever visits them.

  • I'm just answering the government's call.

  • There's a reward for reporting believers.

  • For reporting a church leader, you get five thousand yuan!

  • Five thousand!

  • They're not doing anyone harm.

  • If we reported them and got them sent to jail, we'd destroy their family.

  • We'd be the ones doing them harm.

  • What goes around comes around.

  • Are you some kind of bloodhound for the CCP?

  • If you need something to do, go feed some pigs.

  • Better than dirtying your hands with that money.

  • That's right.

  • Well, that's stupid.

  • That money's up for grabs and you're all too stubborn to take it!

  • Keep knocking.

  • - The police are here. - I'm coming!

  • Don't panic.

  • The cellar in the back.

  • Coming!

  • Get back!

  • - What're you doing? - Out of the way!

  • Someone reported an illegal gathering.

  • What gathering?

  • Search the place!

  • There's no one here, sir.

  • No one here either, sir.

  • That was close.

  • Yes.

  • What's wrong?

  • Is it your back again?

  • You should go to the hospital.

  • No, it's not that bad.

  • I just need a patch.

  • With your back issues, you must rest more.

  • She's right.

  • Yeah, but I can't let it interfere with my duty.

  • Are you all okay?

  • We're fine.

  • The police are gone,

  • but their informants are still around.

  • You'd best wait till dark.

  • - It'll be safer. - Okay.

  • - I'll go take a look around. - Be careful.

  • Sit down.

  • Every time we gather, we're in danger.

  • When will it all end?

  • By having us suffer through all of these trials, God wants us to learn a lesson.

  • A lesson?

  • You think? What kind of a lesson?

  • Right.

  • Without the CCP persecuting us all,

  • would we be able to see Satan's demonic face?

  • Would we understand why the world is so evil and dark?

  • No.

  • If we can't see through Satan,

  • we'll be deceived by the CCP just like the unbelievers are,

  • and blindly follow it.

  • Then how would we forsake Satan and submit to God?

  • She's absolutely right!

  • Yeah.

  • Being arrested and persecuted allows us to see how evil and cruel the CCP is,

  • to see it's the devil Satan.

  • It allows us to see that only God can save us,

  • that only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life.

  • Then we have faith to follow God and walk the right path.

  • Isn't that a blessing from God?

  • It is.

  • Through this persecution of ours, we still gather and do our duty.

  • They hunt us and we're always in danger, but God always protects us,

  • and uses His words to guide us, so our faith in Him grows stronger.

  • These trials and tribulations temper our very will

  • and give us the grit to endure suffering.

  • We see how lovely God is,

  • and we are able to love God and bear witness.

  • And so we reap a harvest.

  • Yes.

  • Can we receive God's blessings when everything is safe and comfortable?

  • No.

  • The Bible says:

  • Before, we lived for fleshly comforts and enjoyed God's grace and blessings,

  • but we gained nothing in the end.

  • Now we're experiencing God's work of the last days

  • and God is arranging so many trials for us to undergo.

  • We've learned some truths and gained something.

  • God truly loves us.

  • He does.

  • God cleanses and perfects us through these many trials and tribulations.

  • His work is so practical!

  • Thanks be to God!

  • Rely on God more and work with Him. His guidance will be revealed.

  • Thank God! It's so good to experience such a circumstance.

  • Food's ready.

  • Are you alright?

  • Your back's getting worse and worse.

  • You should go to the hospital.

  • Take it easy.

  • You have a herniated disc in segments 4 and 5.

  • It doesn't look good.

  • Is it serious?

  • Yes, very.

  • We have to take care of it right away.

  • We'll start conservatively and see.

  • Sleep on a firm bed.

  • No heavy lifting and don't exhaust yourself.

  • Avoid damp or cold places.

  • If it gets worse and compresses your nerves, you could become paralyzed.

  • Didn't the doctor say there're other treatments?

  • Stop crying, honey.

  • Hello Sister Liu, is my sister back?

  • She's inside.

  • What did the doctor say?

  • Well, the doctor said

  • Hi!

  • Hi Zhang Yue!

  • Hey.

  • Any better?

  • Much better.

  • Have you got the patch on?

  • Not at the moment.

  • What do you think of what the doctor said about your back?

  • I never thought it was something I had to even think about.

  • I would just put on some patches.

  • I thought God would protect me as I was expending myself for Him.

  • I never thought it could be so serious.

  • What the doctor said scared me quite a bit.

  • What if I end up paralyzed, immobile?

  • How will I do my duty then?

  • I've been praying, asking God for the last two days to protect and heal me.

  • I've also been reading God's words and now I understand His will.

  • God is testing me,

  • and He is perfecting my faith as well as my devotion.

  • Thanks be to God!

  • Hey, let me.

  • When Job went through his own trials,

  • he lost all his wealth and boils covered his body.

  • He was in such pain but he never complained at all.

  • Instead, he praised God's name.

  • That's real testimony.

  • I've expended myself for God and been persecuted by the CCP,

  • and God has led me through it all.

  • This suffering is nothing,

  • and I should still stand witness for God.

  • Your faith is so strong. I admire you.

  • Why can't I undergo trials and refinement?

  • Is my stature too small?

  • God decides when things happen.

  • If you truly believe in Him, He'll test you soon enough.

  • God uses illness to test and perfect us.

  • It's God's love.

  • Yes, thank God.

  • Thank God!

  • Let's go put a patch on your back.

  • I got you.

  • Hey, why don't you rest for a little longer at least?

  • You can do your duty when you're better.

  • Yes.

  • Resting for a day or two won't make a difference.

  • No heavy lifting or anything strenuous at gatherings.

  • I'm getting regular treatment. It'll get better soon.

  • I can't let this little trouble get in the way of my duty.

  • How about you take the two gathering places near home?

  • I'll go to the other places with the deacons.

  • Okay.

  • - See you soon. - Take care.

  • Be careful on the steps.

  • Is that okay?

  • Just a little more.

  • Just relax.

  • It's best to get this treatment without interruption,

  • otherwise it won't work as well.

  • Don't exhaust yourself and make sure you get lots of rest.

  • Yes.

  • Thank you, doctor.

  • My pleasure.

  • Your fellowship was enlightening.

  • Any more questions?

  • No.

  • Great. Then let's call it a day.

  • Okay.

  • - I'll go keep an eye out. - Thanks.

  • You okay?

  • I'm fine.

  • Just been sitting too long.

  • Don't worry.

  • Take care.

  • I've got to run.

  • See you.

  • Goodbye Linlin.

  • What's wrong with Linlin? She seems unhappy.

  • She's always playing games on her phone so I yelled at her this morning.

  • Your mom yelled at you, huh?

  • What's on your mind? You can tell me.

  • I know that games aren't good.

  • They get in the way of reading God's words.

  • I just really like playing them.

  • How can I stop my bad habit once and for all?