More than Words – “Come to Me”

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“Come to Me” gospel booklet was given to members of a church in Jiangsu.

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
   and a word in season, how good it is! (Proverbs 15:23, ESV)

JIANGSU, China – In June 2020, when churches were temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some Christians were in distress. These have been unprecedented times.

The Come to Me Chinese edition booklet has proven to be a handy tool. Rev Fu who has been reading it for a while, said, “I take this booklet with me and use the Word of God to comfort believers. They may come with sorrow but finding the right words makes them return with joy.”

Rev Fu makes a point of carrying a copy on him. Less than fifty pages, filled with text and illustrations, this booklet is both portable and practical. Rev Fu will offer this resource to inspire and encourage those who share their burdens with him.

Reading the Bible does not come easy to many even though we know it is good for us. Designed around selected Bible verses, especially from the book of Psalms, Come to Me brings the truth of God’s Word to people to help them gain perspective and discover freedom in Christ.

The booklet addresses emotions like fear and anxiety by pointing readers to the Word of God.
Sometimes Less is More

Adversities are part and parcel of life and Christians are not immune from it. That was what Wu felt when she was diagnosed with cancer during the pandemic. She panicked and felt anxious.

Sometimes we need a simple reminder to look up to God, and this booklet became that simple tool for her to remain grounded in Him despite her circumstances.

For another Christian couple, Fang and Na, who felt that they could barely survive financially because of the pandemic, Rev Yu encouraged them with a verse found in the booklet.

Touched by God’s Word, the couple began to turn their attention from the difficult situation to God. When their perspective changed, it helped them find strength and hope.

Letting the Word Speak for Itself

Zhang, a believer, received news of a friend who was diagnosed recently with tuberculosis. Seeing her friend in distress, Zhang decided to pass her a copy of Come to Me.

The booklet spoke to Zhang’s friend causing her to ponder about life and God. She found God speaking to her as she read and her sorrow gradually changed to relief. Her friend discovered a greater truth: God is greater than any disease.

“My friend is now a believer and comes to church regularly,” Zhang said, overjoyed.

Readers are invited to trust God in the midst of their difficulties and problems.

“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV)

“Come to Me” was originally published by Brazil Bible Society as a series of bookmarks.

  

Story: Lydia Zhang
Photos: Jared Wong
2021 ©United Bible Societies China Partnership