Boy with Autism Draws
Nearer to God
I received a letter this month from a Mr. Xu, a Chinese
listener who breathes thinner air than most of us, as he sits some 12,000
feet above sea level. The gentleman lives in Lhasa, Tibet, and he listens to
our Chinese program regularly. In fact, in this—his third letter—he sent an
MP3 recording of our broadcast from Madagascar; I was pleased with the
clarity of the signal.
Additionally, Mr. Xu wrote and said that he enjoys the program,
especially the Bible drama program that we air from time-to-time. “This is
entertaining but it also helps me understand the Bible better,” he said.
Programming in March included some new scripts by Edward Ho, Salina Ho
and yours truly.
In one script, Edward Ho describes the true story of a woman who
struggled in her relationship with her in-laws. One day her son washed his
mother’s feet, an action that touched her heart deeply and gave her the
impetus to serve her in-laws.
Here is how Edward Ho described two other scripts:
“With God Everything is Possible” is a true
story of God’s healing of a middle school Chinese student. The story
describes how adults failed to help pull an object out of his foot, but
God removed the object.
Another follow-up story was written to
describe how God enabled this boy (who has autism) to realize that God
loves him. The script “Quality Time with God” reveals how through
healing God conducts meaningful communication with the boy.
“How do Wealthy People Use Money?” begins
with King Solomon’s efforts in writing about God’s revelation and in
building the Temple. It ends in pointing out the importance of God’s
word and our obedience.
Ho also did an interview with Ms. Yang, a Chinese who lives in Memphis and
is a realtor. The aim of the interview was to help listeners learn about a
new facet of American society and culture. Ms. Yang’s remarks ranged from
owning a house to pursuing the American Dream, but she ended by mentioning
the importance of God in turning a house into a home.
Salina wrote several scripts including titles such as “Underpass,” “I
Remember” and “Edison.” She describes these articles as follows:
On the way to the office, I usually drive
through an underpass which is in a dangerously sharp turn. Because all
the drivers cautiously slow down to prevent car wrecks, nothing has ever
happened. If we know ahead of time that we may encounter difficult
people or situations and prepare ourselves by controlling our tongues,
we can prevent many conflicts.
“I Remember” is a series about how to build
lasting memories with your children. This month I talked about when
your child is stuck in a situation, if you share insights that give him
a broader perspective and gently pull him out, that experience will stay
long in his memory.
Thomas Edison’s factory was engulfed in
flames. Instead of yelling in anger, Edison asked his son to enjoy the
spectacle and thank God that the fire got rid of all the bad
inventions/products. He restarted the next morning. God often uses
obstacles to help us grow stronger and we should try to face them with a
positive attitude like Edison.
I wrote scripts about Humility, Prayer and Jesus. The article on Humility
was a modern example of Jesus’ call for service among his followers. Being
#2 is difficult enough, but what if you were called to step down from being
#1 to being #1’s assistant—i.e., to becoming #2? How many of us could do it
gracefully? The true story of a missionary in Africa illustrated the
teachings of Jesus in Matthew 20:20-28.
Ronald Reagan said that prayer is a tool that we possess that can change the
world. At the National Prayer Breakfast, February 2, 1984, President Reagan
told the story of Telemacmus, the man who ended gladiator fights at the
Colosseum in Rome. I used it to stress the power that one person can have in
the home, work place, society and church. I based the script on David
Sargent’s article about President Reagan’s speech; you can read the article
HERE by David Sargent:. You can read the remarks
HERE by President Reagan:
My Chinese article will appear on
www.smzg.org on April 29 and in our Chinese broadcasts before than that.
The script on Jesus was another installment in the series “Meet Jesus”
aka “The Jesus You Never Knew.” I talked briefly about anesthesia in ancient
China and then asked what would be on our minds the days prior to surgery if
we knew we would have the operation without anesthesia. Jesus spent the last
several days before he went to the cross teaching the apostles, not thinking
about the pain he would endure. Do phrases like “Don’t let your hearts be
troubled…”, “I am the way, the truth and the life…,” “My peace I leave with
you…” and “Love one another…” sound like something a person about to undergo
crucifixion (and that without anesthesia!) would say? Indeed, something
other than pain was on Jesus’ mind the days prior to his crucifixion.
I am writing this article two days before the end of March, so our
Chinese website statistics for March are not all in. Even so, we had a lot
of visitors in March! Over 7,700 visitors made over 15,200 visits and
accessed over 78,800 pages of material. Edward Ho’s interview with Jan Self
(a Chinese lady married to an American man) was the most popular item during
March, being accessed over 1,800 times; their second interview placed fourth
with over 1,660 visits. “Put Him First” by Salina was in second place with
over 1,700 hits. We are thankful for each person who listens to our
broadcast and for each one who visits our website
Thanks for reading!