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Tears with hope in Shenzhen, China

Sitting in my window seat I read the text from my friend Cyndi letting me know her father had passed away due to Covid-19. We had just been praying for him. I looked up from my phone out my window to the sky with two tears on my cheeks. The sun had just set, and the sky was dark blue with a few clouds. I took a picture and sent it to her, as if sending her my view would make it feel like we were together at that moment. As we have shared so much in this group, I’d like to share my picture with you too, as we have rejoiced together, we also mourn together.

Like me, Cyndi is an American living in China. Currently it is incredibly hard for us to return to the US. (The moment we leave China, we cannot get back in for as foreigners, the borders are closed.) She is separated from her family in this time of grief. In the hardest moments she told me, “In prayer, we have to constantly go back to the Source to stay ahead of the waves.” Cyndi is a hero of faith to me.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Psalms‬ 18:2,4,6‬

It is in these overwhelming times that we thank God for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. His love, forgiveness, grace and most of all the hope we have in Him for eternal life. My friend Cyndi is clinging to this hope knowing that her father also had faith in salvation through Jesus. Wow. Like I said, she is an incredible woman of faith to me.

Friends, you are facing your own waves today, I pray that you also may return to the Source.

With love from China.
Shalom, Heidi

Heidi Olson

By Heidi Olson

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