Chai Yang Story

My name is Chai Yang.  We had just celebrated my twin's first birthday, and everything was like a fairy tale. 

But, there was nothing I could do to escape the fate of February 3, 2006.  That day, the Doctors told me that my son Christian had died from heart surgery.  Hearing that from the doctors was like having the life sucked completely out of me by a black hole.  My breath, speech, will, strength, and emotions... the very simplest molecules couldn’t escape it.  I quickly turned into a careless person and soon after, was finding myself gambling and drinking.

I was throwing away every hard earned dollar that was meant for the livelihood of my family and giving them none of my time.  They had become nothing but a burden to me.  My marriage started to fall apart as we both were struggling with our son’s death.  My wife was able to remain a little stronger as she stayed connected with her friends from our hometown church and sought refuge in the Lord.  I was just fed up with everything and everyone.  It came to a point where a particular argument got really out of control and I told my wife to pack up, take my son, and just get out of my life.  She painfully did.

About a week later everything settled down, and I realized what I had done.  I sought for reconciliation and she agreed.  My wife came back with an MP3 player filled with worship music and asked if I would listen to them.

For the next few weeks while I worked on the farm, I was enjoying the worship music and it just slowly saturated my lifeless soul.  By the time I realized it, I was praying.  Things started to take form in our marriage.  One morning as I was at my farm, God showed me a vision; it was as clear as staring into an HDTV.  I saw a vision of a crusade happening, and I was in the midst of it.  I wasn’t there for the service; I was part of the Leadership.  I saw thousands of people worshiping and praying under a huge tent.  Through that vision God was telling me to take my family back to Minnesota and fulfill the vision.  My wife and I left everything, including the farm which was left in my sister’s care.  Whatever we could pack into our truck along with the $200 in our pockets was all we needed.

As we settled in, we met with one of my friends, who is pastor of a small church.  His wife asked if I would like to be filled with the Spirit.  I said, “Sure!”  Fifteen minutes later as we were still praying, I felt a piece of iron on my mouth and next thing I remember it was it being ripped off and I was immediately filled with the Spirit.  All the anger I had stored up and the pain from my son’s death was overtaken by this feeling of peace that I had never experienced. The grace of God changed me completely.
God has taken my family to a completely new level of intimacy with Him and in leadership.   Jeremiah 29:11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity.”

I currently serve as the Student Ministry Pastor at my church and have been very active in missions and outreach.  Just within these past few years, we have traveled from Central Mexico to far northern Minnesota to a small town called Bemidji.  God mightily poured out His love on everyone who called upon His name.  I have seen and bore witness to many lives being changed, and families strengthened through the power and name of Jesus Christ.  It is said in 1 Corinthians 1:27, “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.  And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 

Who am I but just a common man with no great background, no college education, and had no ambition. Yet God intervened and called me his friend.  You too can receive that, freely.

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