George Chen was the very first Chinese Christian our founder Paul Hattaway ever met in his life. He was speechless after hearing the testimony of this man who spent 18 years in prison for Jesus. He had endured horrific conditions, and had not only survived the ordeal, but had emerged with an unconquerable faith!
For most of his years in a prison labor camp, George Chen was not called to preach from a pulpit, but rather he found himself standing deep in a prison cesspool each day, shoveling the human waste from 60,000 prisoners.
That cesspool was God’s place of blessing for George, and the Lord used it to give him a rich faith that could not be gained any other way. At first, he abhorred the work, but he soon realized the disgusting stench meant that no guards or other prisoners went near the pit, allowing George to pray and worship God in privacy. He frequently sang aloud his favorite hymn, “In the Garden,” and that most disgusting of places was transformed into a special spot where the Holy Spirit came down and George Chen communed daily with Jesus Christ.
It is our privilege to share the testimony of our dearly departed brother George Chen with you. It may be the first time it has ever been written down for the Body of Christ to read and appreciate.
God bless you as we serve together in the harvest,
The team at Asia Harvest