I was born in a poor family of 4 in China. I have a younger sister. I remember when we were young, sometimes we had to beg for rice from relatives. Yet, my parents still worked very hard to raise us up.

When we were about turn to teenagers, my whole family was granted to immigrate to the US. Our lives turned to be better. My parents had stable jobs. My sister and I could attend school for free. During my junior high years, I encountered a teacher who brought me to believe in Jesus.

Before I believed, I was shy from socializing due to my family background. Yet, God slowly changed me to be confident and I was able to trust in people more. I also obtained a group of friends from church who were friendly and caring. During my high school years, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. My Christian friends unconditionally spent time to visit and take care of him. They also helped my family move to a new apartment at that time.

Because of the love and care from these people, my dad who used to be stubborn also believed in Jesus with tears. After losing my dad, I became the head of the household. I am thankful by God’s grace, I was able to finish college and I was the first college graduate in my family. Later I also graduated with a Master’s degree and become a social worker now. Even though bearing the needs of my family, I was still able to love and care for others. In college, I was an organizer of Love Your Neighbor club raising awareness of third world countries needs to students on campus. After graduation, I myself traveled to South Africa to visit the children and offered charity support to them.

All these years believing in the Lord, I experienced His grace and blessings in different stages of life. He promised to give me life and an abundant one. I believe He will continue to bestow me more blessings in the days to come.

 

Winnie Zhong

 

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8