From July 18 to 23, 2016, our local area suffered from a severe flood. Due to a heavy rain over several days and a discharge from Shilong Reservoir, many crops were inundated, and the highways and bridges in some places were destroyed and submerged. Every day we had to walk in torrents against the heavy rain when going out for the meetings and performing the duty. Cared for and protected by God, we passed those days peacefully. On the morning of 23rd, while readingupstairs, I saw through the window that the water in front of my gate rose very rapidly and was about to flood my vegetable patch. At that time, I suddenly thought of Sister Yang who kept the books of God’s word and was alone at home. The books were all stored on the first floor. Today it rained so heavily and the water rose that fast. I was not sure whether the books were drowned. After a prayer, I went to Sister Yang’s house through the rain. On arrival at her home, I was relieved to see the books of God’s word were not drowned. But for the safekeeping of the books, we still moved them upstairs, and then fellowshiped about the principle of keeping the books of God’s word of the Church. Sister Yang was confident, saying, “Take it easy. These books are used to water and supply brothers and sisters. I’ll surely keep them safe and sound. I believe God is the Ruler of all things and that everything is in His hand. I’ll rely on God to maintain them undamaged.”
It continued to rain heavily the next two days. Afterward, when I went to check the books of God’s word again, Sister Yang said to me, “I prayed to God every day, ‘O God! It’s your uplifting and grace that today I can perform this duty. Now it keeps raining heavily. It’s the revelation of Your righteous disposition, and You begin to chastise this corrupt mankind. I still have corrupt satanic disposition, so I also need to accept Your judgment and chastisement. My life is worthless. I’m willing to protect these books of God’s word with my life….’ After such prayers for many times, I felt assured and at peace. These days, I checked frequently whether the roof leaked for fear that the books would be wetted. Unconsciously, the rain stopped two days later and the water receded very fast. Seeing the books of God’s word undamaged, I thank God for His care and protection from my heart and I have more faith to perform the duty well.” Finding Sister Yang so full of conviction, I was doubly encouraged and resolved silently to fulfill my own duty as well to satisfy God.