It’s about five degrees outside and it’s been snowing all day. Feeling a bit cooped up. Yet, rather than waste the last couple hours of the evening away watching FoxNews, I decided to make some new friends in China. Yep, for the last two hours I’ve been on Skype in dialog with several precious Chinese people. The subject: Jesus. I prayed with two people to accept the Lord Jesus and hope to keep in touch with them.

In the comfort of my chair, it was like I had three Chinese people “in my living room” talking with me about our Jesus. There were key times when I asked my family to pray. At different times my kids were looking over my shoulder telling me things I should say. Everyone went to bed tonight with China on their mind. China is on God’s mind.

I’m going to paste an ongoing conversation below with one gal named Xia. As you can see she is very anxious about not having employment and had some big questions about God. Join me in praying Jesus continues to reveal himself to her…

[7:54:28 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia, Greetings from the USA!
[7:55:01 PM] xia says: greetings from china
[7:55:17 PM] StevenHickey says: How are you doing today?
[7:55:50 PM] xia says: i am fine
[7:56:09 PM] StevenHickey says: What time of the day is it there?
[7:56:27 PM] xia says: 9:56
[7:56:57 PM] StevenHickey says: In the morning or at night? It’s 7:56 PM here
[7:57:03 PM] xia says: am
[7:57:19 PM] StevenHickey says: Are you busy at work?
[7:57:30 PM] xia says: no jobless
[7:57:40 PM] StevenHickey says: Student?
[7:59:15 PM] xia says: just lost job
[7:59:33 PM] xia says: no
[8:00:09 PM] StevenHickey says: Are you happy with your life?
[8:00:36 PM] xia says: no
[8:01:02 PM] StevenHickey says: I’m sorry to hear you lost your job. I’ll pray that you find another one soon.
[8:01:13 PM] xia says: thank you ,
[8:01:27 PM] xia says: i was some kind of inconfident
[8:01:31 PM] xia says: sometimes
[8:01:45 PM] StevenHickey says: What do you want to want to do with your life?
[8:03:01 PM] xia says: i dont know, no direction :S
[8:03:24 PM] StevenHickey says: Do you have a husband, family, kids?
[8:03:47 PM] xia says: not yet , just graduated in july 2007
[8:04:09 PM] StevenHickey says: Congratulations on your graduation!
[8:04:35 PM] StevenHickey says: I believe God has great plans for your life
[8:05:00 PM] xia says:🙂
[8:05:06 PM] xia says: thank you
[8:05:10 PM] xia says: what about you
[8:05:40 PM] StevenHickey says: I have a beautiful wife and three children.
[8:06:48 PM] StevenHickey says: DO you life in the same city as your parents and relatives?
[8:07:39 PM] xia says: yes, i live with my family , but now i think i have no freedom
[8:07:48 PM] xia says: they always care me so much
[8:08:06 PM] StevenHickey says: It’s good to have a supportive family.
[8:09:23 PM] xia says: if i go out for a while myfather would see i have been waiting for you
[8:09:29 PM] xia says: oh so …
[8:10:34 PM] StevenHickey says: I have found that jobs and even people aren’t enough to make me happy.
[8:10:51 PM] xia says: yes
[8:10:55 PM] xia says: nothing by now
[8:12:23 PM] StevenHickey says: Would you like for me to share how I found peace in my heart even when many other things in my life were unsettled?
[8:12:47 PM] xia says: yes
[8:12:57 PM] xia says: you have religion
[8:13:44 PM] StevenHickey says: No I don’t have “religion” Jesu – someone told me Jesu ai ni (Jesus loved me)
[8:14:03 PM] StevenHickey says: And that I could ask him into my life, so I did.
[8:14:21 PM] StevenHickey says: Wow! I discovered that he is real and living and loves me no matter what.
[8:15:20 PM] xia says: everytime
[8:15:22 PM] xia says: ?
[8:15:27 PM] xia says: anytime?
[8:16:19 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes, I asked him to come into my life and give me peace
[8:16:37 PM] xia says: and then he came
[8:16:42 PM] xia says: and never leave
[8:17:04 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes. He promises to never ever leave us when we open our hearts to him
[8:18:29 PM] xia says: yes i know some
[8:18:43 PM] xia says: but still have problems
[8:18:48 PM] StevenHickey says: HAve you asked Jesus to come into your heart?
[8:19:02 PM] xia says: no
[8:19:23 PM] xia says: i dont knmow what to do in such a money first world
[8:20:00 PM] StevenHickey says: I found that money didn’t satisfy me.
[8:20:21 PM] xia says: yes
[8:20:31 PM] xia says: but i have no money now
[8:20:51 PM] StevenHickey says: Would you like to know his peace and love in your heart?
[8:21:04 PM] xia says: yes
[8:21:06 PM] xia says: please
[8:21:59 PM] StevenHickey says: It’s very easy. All we have to do is pray and ask him to come into our lives.
[8:22:47 PM] xia says: and then
[8:23:18 PM] StevenHickey says: Would you like me to type a prayer that you could pray to Jesus?
[8:24:06 PM] xia says: how
[8:24:16 PM] StevenHickey says: Here’s how:
[8:24:35 PM] StevenHickey says: I’ll type the words and you can pray them on your own right now
[8:25:09 PM] StevenHickey says: Jesus, thank you for loving me, and thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.
[8:25:39 PM] StevenHickey says: And Jesus I pray that you will forgive my sins and come into my life and live.
[8:26:04 PM] StevenHickey says: I want the peace and happiness that I know only you can give.
[8:26:43 PM] StevenHickey says: Fill me with the Holy Spirit. These things I pray in your name Jesus. Amen
[8:28:07 PM] xia says: thank you
[8:28:17 PM] StevenHickey says: Did you pray the prayer?
[8:28:48 PM] xia says: yes i did onc e , but right now my heart is not at peace
[8:29:14 PM] StevenHickey says: Would you like me to pray again?
[8:29:43 PM] xia says: yea
[8:30:18 PM] StevenHickey says: Lord Jesus I pray for my friend Xia. SHe has prayed and asked you into her heart and she is looking for peace
[8:30:52 PM] StevenHickey says: You Lord JEsus are the Prince of PEace. I pray that RIGHT NOW you would fill her heart with your peace and the warmth of your love.
[8:32:45 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia, do you feel his love and warmth right now?
[8:33:08 PM] xia says: i just feel a little worried right now
[8:33:25 PM] xia says: i feel like i am going to cheat him
[8:33:36 PM] StevenHickey says: The Bible says “cast all your cares on Him (Jesus) because he cares for you.”
[8:34:49 PM] StevenHickey says: Jesus know that you are not perfect. He just want you to lvoe him back.
[8:34:55 PM] StevenHickey says:🙂
[8:35:52 PM] StevenHickey says: Do you feel more peace right now?
[8:36:41 PM] xia says: yees, once i think i still jobless, i would feel no peace
[8:37:22 PM] StevenHickey says: The peace he gives is not dependant upon having a job. He will lead you to a new job.
[8:38:19 PM] xia says: i am so anxious
[8:38:36 PM] xia says: i sometimes think i have suffered a lot
[8:38:42 PM] StevenHickey says: Pray this prayer: Jesus, come, give me peace.
[8:39:14 PM] StevenHickey says: JEsus knows what it is like to suffer. Are you suffering right now?
[8:39:22 PM] xia says: yes
[8:39:37 PM] StevenHickey says: How are you suffering?
[8:39:52 PM] xia says: anxiouty
[8:39:58 PM] xia says: worring,
[8:40:05 PM] xia says: sad
[8:40:10 PM] xia says: hopeless
[8:41:05 PM] StevenHickey says: The Bible says he turning our mourning into dancing! That’s what JEsus did for me!
[8:41:37 PM] StevenHickey says: Without Jesus we have no hope, no peace, we have many worries and we get sick with anxiety.
[8:42:49 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia, right now, ask for Jesus to come in power and show you himself.
[8:43:41 PM] xia says: what does he look like
[8:43:59 PM] StevenHickey says: He reveals himself in many ways
[8:44:32 PM] StevenHickey says: Many times his presence comes and we can feel him with us.
[8:45:30 PM] StevenHickey says: Sometimes he comes to people visibly.
[8:46:13 PM] StevenHickey says: He’s full of life and power and love and hope. I pray that right now he visits you.
[8:48:27 PM] StevenHickey says: Lord Jesus, Xia is anxious right now about her life and her job. I pray you will come to her now and reveal yourself. Show her your love. Share with her your peace.
[8:49:32 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia,
[8:49:44 PM] xia says: yes
[8:49:53 PM] StevenHickey says: Do you sense his presence?
[8:50:20 PM] xia says: no
[8:50:30 PM] xia says: i a m a little confused
[8:50:33 PM] StevenHickey says: Are you praying for Jesus to come?
[8:50:44 PM] StevenHickey says: What are you confused about?
[8:51:10 PM] xia says: i used to not believe in god
[8:51:18 PM] StevenHickey says: Me too.
[8:51:34 PM] xia says: so difficult to accept
[8:51:35 PM] StevenHickey says: I thought religion and God were the same thing. They are not.
[8:51:59 PM] StevenHickey says: IT does take some faith to beleive in what you don’t see
[8:53:29 PM] xia says: i can know a little about the religion and god, actualy every had a god in their mind
[8:54:05 PM] StevenHickey says: Many people who are religious don’t know Jesus.
[8:54:26 PM] StevenHickey says: He’s alive. Buddha, Mohammed are dead.
[8:54:43 PM] xia says: yes, but they pray too
[8:54:58 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes
[8:55:05 PM] StevenHickey says: Let me explain it this way
[8:55:09 PM] xia says: ok
[8:55:50 PM] StevenHickey says: The others religions could be spelled D – O, do. They are all about what people do to find peace with God.
[8:56:39 PM] StevenHickey says: CHristianity could be spelled D-O-N-E because it’s not abour our efforts, it’s about what JEsus did on the cross so we could have peace with God.
[8:57:30 PM] xia says: we bekieve efforts
[8:58:05 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes, all we need to do is believe JEsus loves us and died for us and accept that fact.
[8:58:42 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia, there is nothing you could do to get Jesus to love you more. And there is nothing you could have done to make him love you less. He loves you.
[8:59:05 PM] xia says: he always love me
[8:59:06 PM] xia says: ?
[8:59:27 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes, the Bible says that even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
[9:01:13 PM] xia says: do you believe what all bible told you
[9:01:25 PM] StevenHickey says: YEs, all of it.
[9:02:26 PM] xia says: before ?
[9:02:33 PM] xia says: what do you think
[9:02:37 PM] StevenHickey says: Have you ever read the Bible?
[9:02:47 PM] xia says: a little
[9:02:56 PM] StevenHickey says: Do you have one?
[9:03:04 PM] xia says: no
[9:03:27 PM] StevenHickey says: Could I send you a Bible? I only have English Bibles, not Chinese
[9:03:53 PM] xia says: i can read it on net
[9:04:15 PM] xia says: but still i dont think iwill be a christion ritht now
[9:04:28 PM] StevenHickey says: Ok – good. I recommend you read the letter of 1 John. (First John)
[9:05:04 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia, are you feeling more peace in your heart? Do you sense that God is with you right now?
[9:07:18 PM] StevenHickey says: Why don’t you think you will be a Christian?
[9:07:41 PM] xia says: well. you maybe know that we chinese never educated to pray, all scholls teach me there is no god in the world, so it is difficout to accept a belief, and we can accept believe ourselves,
[9:09:17 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes. But, all over the world people are accepting Jesus. The enemy of life (the devil) has tried to keep the good news of JEsus from people in many nations.
[9:10:51 PM] xia says: b efore that did you feel that you lose hope about life?
[9:11:20 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes, before JEsus came into my life I had thoughts of suicide
[9:11:29 PM] xia says: really
[9:11:33 PM] xia says: how did you feel
[9:11:42 PM] StevenHickey says: I was hopeless and had no one to turn to.
[9:11:45 PM] xia says: i just feel that life is meaningless
[9:11:58 PM] xia says: only alive , eating sleeping
[9:12:27 PM] xia says: but have to live because still so may people care about you ,
[9:13:00 PM] StevenHickey says: Xia, God has a great purpose for your life. The Bible says that he has plans for each of us and that he thought of those plans long before we were ever born.
[9:13:26 PM] xia says: so it’s doomed?
[9:13:55 PM] StevenHickey says: No, we aren’t doomed. We have hope in JEsus and peace in Jesus, and joy in JEsus
[9:14:08 PM] xia says: or fate
[9:15:07 PM] StevenHickey says: I don’t believe in fate. Everything that happens God has control over. Even the bad things. He has taken the bad things in my life and turned them into good.
[9:16:38 PM] xia says: miracle?
[9:16:56 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes. God does miracles.
[9:17:30 PM] StevenHickey says: I ahve seen people who are sick get well when we pray for them in JEsus’ name.
[9:18:05 PM] StevenHickey says: Jesus loves to touch hurting peoples lives and make them whole again.
[9:18:50 PM] xia says: so is ther hell ?
[9:18:53 PM] xia says: there
[9:19:18 PM] StevenHickey says: I noticed on your profile that you ask “who knows what will happen tomorrow? Xia, God knows.
[9:20:01 PM] StevenHickey says: Hell, according to the Bible, is a place of separation from God. People who choose to reject Jesus’ love are not made to live with him forever in heaven.
[9:20:31 PM] StevenHickey says: God grieves when people choose to live apart from him forever.
[9:20:56 PM] StevenHickey says: The people in hell are not there because they did bad things. They are there only because they rejected JEsus.
[9:21:20 PM] StevenHickey says: THe Bible says Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through him.
[9:22:25 PM] xia says: so where did the people go before bible
[9:24:04 PM] StevenHickey says: Before the Bible was written, God spoke through prophets. Before Jesus, people who died went to “Hades” which the Bible says is the temporary abode of the dead. There they wait until Judgment Day.
[9:24:44 PM] StevenHickey says: Jesus’ death on the cross covered the sin of even the righteous god-fearing people who lived centuries before him.
[9:25:08 PM] StevenHickey says: Today the god-fearing people who lived before JEsus time are in heaven with him.
[9:26:03 PM] StevenHickey says: The Bible says there is no other name under heaven given to humanity by which we are saved except the name of JEsus
[9:27:15 PM] StevenHickey says: Do you have any more questions about Jesus?
[9:27:56 PM] xia says: yes so the one who dont believe in god will go to the hell for ever
[9:28:59 PM] StevenHickey says: I hurts my heart to think about that, and God weeps as well. He provided a way for them to be forgiven and they reject it.
[9:30:36 PM] StevenHickey says: God is just. He must punish wrongdoing and sin or he is not a just God. His Son Jesus, was sinless, but he died on the cross for the sins of the whole world so that whoever would believe in him would not have to die and experience hell.
[9:31:09 PM] StevenHickey says: This is a very important message that is good news. We don’t have to live apart from God forever. He made a way for us to be forgiven.
[9:31:34 PM] xia says: i see
[9:31:54 PM] StevenHickey says: I’m so glad you see. Do you believe?
[9:32:57 PM] xia says: i maybe a buddist to some extrend
[9:33:30 PM] StevenHickey says: Has Buddha given you peace and happiness? Even Buddha needs a Savior.
[9:33:59 PM] xia says: i just heard something a couple of days, one of my aunt told me somthing about it
[9:34:25 PM] StevenHickey says: Is your aunt a Buddist?
[9:34:35 PM] xia says: yes, i think she is,
[9:35:10 PM] xia says: and she has gone to a lot of famous temples in china, but she is not my real aunt, just my father’s cousin
[9:35:58 PM] StevenHickey says: God does not live in Temples. He lives in the hearts of those who accept him.
[9:36:04 PM] xia says: and she is happy for what she is now, so i asked her some questions about get peace in heart
[9:36:58 PM] StevenHickey says: Some people get a false sense of peace by going to religious rituals and ceremonies.
[9:38:01 PM] xia says: most of her time she is just pray at home and say nawomituof
[9:38:17 PM] xia says: i think it is a little stupid,
[9:38:27 PM] xia says: but i can’t say that is wrong
[9:38:47 PM] StevenHickey says: All that I am talking about is lasting and deep sense of peace and happiness that comes from JEsus living in your heart.
[9:39:06 PM] xia says: i am not fetish
[9:39:40 PM] StevenHickey says: We should pray for your aunt too. I’m praying for all of China to come to accept Jesus. Your country would truly be free and your leaders would be loving.
[9:40:27 PM] StevenHickey says: I’m glad you don’t worship idols and fetishes.
[9:40:58 PM] xia says: lol, so many people abroad trying to spread the fault of our leaders,
[9:41:18 PM] xia says: they tell everypne to quit the party
[9:41:21 PM] StevenHickey says: I’m sorry I didn’t mean to offend you. Our leader here are no better
[9:41:35 PM] xia says: founately i am not one of the parties
[9:41:36 PM] StevenHickey says: Only a few here have Jesus in their heart.
[9:41:38 PM] xia says: oh
[9:41:49 PM] xia says: i hate the leaders too
[9:42:19 PM] xia says: they never care about human’s life
[9:42:26 PM] xia says: coolest
[9:42:35 PM] StevenHickey says: I pray for leaders because the Bible says we should. I pray God will visit them. He will judge them more strictly
[9:43:32 PM] xia says: sometimes we can’t change others ,if we pray for them , do they change for us ?
[9:44:01 PM] StevenHickey says: God does use our prayers to help people. He says pray for others, so I do.
[9:44:34 PM] xia says: just pray , never concern the result
[9:44:35 PM] xia says: ?
[9:45:13 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes, just pray and ask God to bless hurting people and ask God to show leaders the rigth was to lead and treat people with love.
[9:45:50 PM] xia says: i understand
[9:46:37 PM] StevenHickey says: Is your anxiety going away? You are God’s child and he doesn’t want you afriad or anxious for your life.
[9:48:18 PM] StevenHickey says: What part of China do you live in?
[9:48:25 PM] xia says: shandong
[9:48:56 PM] StevenHickey says: I’m looking at a map and don’t see Shandong
[9:49:12 PM] xia says: in the east
[9:49:30 PM] xia says: in the south of beijing
[9:49:49 PM] StevenHickey says: I found it
[9:50:13 PM] xia says: yes, it is not difficult
[9:50:48 PM] xia says: you know some old people can easily accept this, but for me it is so difficult,
[9:51:29 PM] StevenHickey says: It’s ok to really be sure before you accept. It will make your faith stronger when you do believe
[9:51:41 PM] xia says: we have read too much marxism
[9:52:00 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes
[9:52:19 PM] StevenHickey says: But Marx is dead and having to answer to God for leading people away from God.
[9:52:40 PM] xia says: materialism
[9:53:05 PM] StevenHickey says: yes. Even materialism is a false god.
[9:53:18 PM] xia says: ye s i know
[9:53:38 PM] xia says: but just know so much and strongly belief about this
[9:54:12 PM] StevenHickey says: I will pray Jesus continues to reveal himself to you and give you peace.
[9:55:09 PM] StevenHickey says: my email address is steve@churchatthegate.com – you can keep in touch with me as often as you like.
[9:55:24 PM] xia says: thank you
[9:55:37 PM] xia says: for giving me your email
[9:56:15 PM] StevenHickey says: Please keep in touch with me and tell me how you are doing. I will pray each day that you find a good job and that you find peace in your heart.
[9:57:11 PM] xia says: thank you so much about tell me this, i really appreciated that,
[9:58:10 PM] StevenHickey says: You are welcome. I encourage you to continue to pray for JEsus to come into your life and reveal himself to you. Jesu ai ni!
[9:58:35 PM] xia says: ai ni is chinese
[9:58:40 PM] xia says:🙂
[9:59:03 PM] StevenHickey says: ??? I thought it was – I thought it mean “loves you” Am I wrong?
[9:59:19 PM] xia says: it is right
[9:59:27 PM] xia says: ai ni = love you
[9:59:30 PM] xia says:🙂
[10:00:16 PM] StevenHickey says: Yes!😀 Good bye for now. I must go.
[10:00:38 PM] xia says: ok, cya