Latest update from Pastor John Cao’s mother

(ChinaAid, Midland, TX—April 7, 2022) ChinaAid received
another encouraging letter from Pastor John Cao’s mother. In her letter, she
recounts how John spent his first detainment in 1980, one which eventually led
him to study in seminary. ChinaAid hopes that John Cao’s story continues to
inspire you.


Read his mother’s full update below: 

In the summer of 1980, I received a letter from John, my son,
who sent it from Guilin. The letter said, “Mom, I am detained at a sub-district
police station in Guilin. Why am I detained? I will let you know when I return…
I have an urgent need for money. Please try to send me 40 yuan.” I immediately
borrowed 50 yuan from other teachers and went to the post office and mailed it
to John within an hour.


John received the money and came back to Changsha and
saw me a few days later.


John told me why he was detained:


I didn’t encounter
foreigners in Changsha but ran into some foreign tourists in Guilin. It seemed
that a foreign couple had difficulties. Because I was an English major and
would like to practice oral English with foreigners, I asked them in English
how I could help.

They said they needed
help, so we talked dynamically. I was their tour guide, showing them around and
telling them stories about the scenic views. The couple told me that all the
beauties were created by God, “Jehovah.” We relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. Two police
officers suddenly came to me, saying, “Please come with us…”

Then I said goodbye to
the two Americans and went with the authorities.

“Don’t interact with
foreigners, particularly Americans. Don’t you know?!”

Thus, I was detained in a
small room in the police station for 5 days. I was fined 20 yuan and paid 20
yuan for food also.


It is God’s plan that John served as the Americans’
tour guide and practiced his English. John has learned more about the God “Jehovah”
since then. The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom.

The American couple was the Smiths. They own a farm in
the U.S. and teach at a university as devout Christians. They mailed an English
Bible to John Cao after flying back to the U.S. In addition, they wrote to John
in English, inviting him to attend a college in the U.S. Three university
professors signed, approving for John to study in America.

A passport is required to study abroad. At that time, an
application for a passport would be approved by the neighborhood committee and
police station before doing the paperwork at the Bureau of Public Security. The
“open up and enliven the economy” policy was not issued yet in China.

The “open up and enliven the economy” policy proposed
by Vice-Chairman Deng Xiaopeng came out in 1983, John’s application was
reviewed by each level of government, and he eventually arrived in America in
late 1984. John attended a seminary for 6 years in the U.S. and earned a Ph.D.
He holds tightly to his faith, loves God, and always does what pleases God.

So far, John Cao has been imprisoned for five years for
God’s love. When he was in Menglian, he wrote to me, saying:


“I enjoy heavenly grace,
peace, and joy every day, my daily schedule is always full, I don’t realize
that a day is gone until I pray before going to bed, 800 days, every day is
like this, I don’t know I am incarcerated in my dreams. There are so many books
to read. My only remorse is that each day is not long enough, but I have never spent
a second whining…” 

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