A man who was a Buddhist for over 66 years accepted Jesus in his heart during the G12 Conference in Argentina.
If you have prayed for your family for a long time, I want to share this story with you to encourage you to persevere in faith until you see each of them at the feet of Jesus.
My parents had been Buddhists their whole lives. I had prayed for them ever since my first encounter with Jesus, but there came a time when I got tired and stopped praying for my dad, because I didn’t want to be disappointed anymore. I didn’t want to pray and pray, and then see nothing happen. I felt that the disappointment of not seeing an answer to my prayer would be too great, so I decided to stop praying for him.
Last year, I had the opportunity to interpret for Brother Yun at different conferences around the world. In September, I went with him when he was invited to speak at the G12 Conferences in Peru and Argentina.
While we were talking at one of the conferences, Brother Yun asked me, “Ana, how is your dad?” I started to tell him how my dad was, and how hard it was to see him living without Jesus in his heart. At that moment, while I was telling my story, Brother Yun began to cry – I could see the tears falling from his eyes. I was so impacted that I too began to cry as I thought about my dad’s salvation.
I could not believe what was happening. How was it possible for a man who didn’t know my father to be crying for him? How was it possible for Brother Yun to have more compassion for my dad than me, his own daughter?
After this, I went to my room in the hotel where I was staying and I prayed a prayer of real repentance, saying, “Lord, forgive me. I stopped believing for the salvation of my dad some time ago because I was so scared of being disappointed and I distanced myself from him emotionally because I didn’t want to feel any more pain. But today I have come to my senses, and I have been able to understand the meaning of true love and compassion for those who are far from you. Today I repent and I promise to be a more compassionate daughter. I will no longer allow doubt in my heart and I believe that I will see the miracle of my father’s salvation.”
After this, I invited my father, who had been a Buddhist for over 66 years, to come with me to the G12 Conference in Argentina. I thought that he would refuse to come, but the complete opposite happened. That day, what had seemed unimaginable to me but had always been possible in the plans of God, happened. That very evening, my father attended the conference and accepted Jesus in his heart.
If you feel tired today or you feel like you don’t have the strength to believe, I want to tell you that God has a special purpose for your family. Do not stop praying for each one of them, do not allow disappointment in your heart, because in God’s perfect timing, you will see the answer to your prayers.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Ana Esperanza Lin