Poem from John Cao’s mother: “Missing My Son”

(ChinaAid, Midland, TX—May 4, 2022) ChinaAid received a poem from the mother Pastor John Cao. The poem reflects on the five years she has been without her son. Read the full, translated poem below. 


John Cao was sentenced to seven years on a baseless charge of “illegally crossing the national border” in March 2018. Prior to his arrest, John built bible schools for minority children in Myanmar. It is believed this was the true cause of his arrest.  


ChinaAid released a collection of Pastor John Cao’s poetry last year: Living Lyrics: Poems from Prison. All of these poems were written while Cao was incarcerated.


Below is the message and poem from John Cao’s mother: 


(Hebrews 13:3) Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 


Missing My Son 


My son turns sixty-three today 

He has been imprisoned for five years for the sake of God 

Enjoying God’s grace daily 

He spends his time writing poems and making prayers 


It’s God’s will to refine him like gold 

His poems are published on Amazon 

His life is well fulfilled 

He glorifies God as a poet 


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