Zhang Wei was no ordinary citizen. He had served faithfully in the Chinese army, and as a well-respected individual, he served as mayor of his village.
There came a time, however, when Zhang Wei decided to move to a large city to earn more money. Packing his few belongings, he went to one of the largest cities in the area, where he worked in construction.
One day as we was walking along a city street, something caught his attention—he heard singing coming from the ground level of a large apartment building. Coming closer, he looked through the open windows and saw people singing and praying together.
Soon, someone stepped outside of the apartment and invited Zhang Wei to come in. Claiming to be Buddhist, Zhang Wei was somewhat reticent to step inside, but curious to learn more, he finally decided to enter this Adventist house church.
He noticed that many of the people had Bibles, and he wanted to learn more about this unusual book. Happily the Adventists shared with Zhang Wei some of their most treasured Bible truths, and prayed with him.
Zhang Wei often returned to the Adventist house church. One day, the subject of healthy living came up, including diet. Explaining the Biblical laws of clean and unclean meats, the members told Zhang Wei that pigs were unclean and that often the animal was infested with worms.
Not believing them, Zhang Wei decided to conduct a little experiment. Many people worked at the same construction site, and the company cook would sometimes purchase an entire pig to feed the crew. Curious to see how unclean the pig was, when no one was looking Zhang Wei quickly took a knife and sliced the animal open-and found the swine’s flesh crawling with worms from head to hoof. Shocked and disgusted, he never ate pork again.
Before long, Zhang Wei accepted all of the Bible truths and was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After his baptism, however, the pastor encouraged Zhang Wei to return to his home village and let his light shine for Jesus.
Zhang Wei returned to his village where he began an Adventist house church with just one person-himself! But he started sharing the things he had learned from the Bible with others, and soon the church grew. Today, the county where Zhang Wei lives has six Adventist churches, and three neighboring counties each have churches due to the prayers and powerful witness of Zhang Wei.
Part of your Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will help to establish more house churches in some of the largest cities in China. Thank you for your support.