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This is a Gift from the Heavenly Father

A married couple

As a wife for the past two years, God has changed my perspective toward giving birth. I still remember the vivid memory when I was still a nursing student eight years ago. It was a "horrific" experience when I was assigned to work at the pregnancy ward, and this induced fear of pregnancy. I saw the women exhibiting severe pains in their faces and there was a lot of bleeding during the process. In order to enable smooth delivery of the infant, the doctors had to cut off certain part of the muscles near the vagina. I had a chance to ask the woman if she felt any pains when her muscles were cut. Although the women said it was not painful, I thought that perhaps the labor pain had covered up the pain coming from cutting the muscles.

I opposed to giving birth and I even went as far as disliking children. On the contrary, my husband had a love for children and he is particularly welcomed by children. After our marriage, I feel that I cannot further avoid this particular issue. In 2005, my husband and I visited South Korea to take part in a prayer meeting. There we asked the Lord to revive our lives, and I never expected that God wanted to heal my problem of disliking children. On one occasion when I worshiped, I saw a father in the row in front of me who had his child in his arms. Both the father and the son were worshiping the Lord with their hands lifted high. This had created a very beautiful picture and removed from me the fear I developed toward giving birth. At the same time, I listened to God as He spoke: "You do not like giving birth? This is a sickness of which I am not pleased with." I immediately told my husband that I wanted a child even cuter than the child in front of us.

God used the prayer meeting in South Korea to not only heal the fears I developed toward giving birth, but to grant me a heart of a mother. I decided to bless my children the rest of my life. I used to think that I needed to earn a high income so that I could provide a comfort environment for the upbringing of my children. However, God used the book of Proverbs to teach me about leading children before God, which is the most important. Having returned to Hong Kong for a month, I discovered that I was already in the first month of pregnancy. I truly thank the Lord for His reward.

Wife

Ever since my wife had become pregnant, I began to bless my children everyday but lack the words of blessings. Thanks God that the prayer handbook entitled "This is a Gift from God" – a prayer handbook on pregnancy was being written. The prayer handbook was actually not yet published, but I picked up a copy that Mrs. Chan gave me and used it to pray everyday. I have always desired to have my own child, but when my wife told me her decision to become pregnant, I hesitated because of the huge amount of expenses involved in raising a child, and I had questions about whether I might be able to afford. Later on, I learned about the vision sharing of the "Extend the Kingdom of God" from the website of Jireh Fund. Hannah's prayer was mentioned and it was then that I realized giving birth is not only a matter pertaining to the husband and wife, but it is about spiritual warfare. I changed my own perspective and followed the Lord's will.

One evening my wife was attending a prayer meeting near her workplace. At around 10pm, my wife suddenly gave me a call and said her body was experiencing some unusual changes. I immediately took a taxi to meet her at the workplace. Although the ride lasted for only five minutes, it seemed I had been sitting there for a long time. My mind began to wander and I worried if my wife would suffer from a miscarriage. At the same time, I also remembered the Scriptural verses from the prayer handbooks: "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore." (Ps. 125:1-2) I immediately took hold of the word of God to pray, and bless the fetus and my wife not to be shaken. On the following day, I accompanied my wife to d a scan .. the fetus was found to be normal. Thanks the Lord. In fact, every time when I look at the fetus through the ultrascan, I could not contain my excitement and remarked that my child was very "handsome". The fetus was only several centimeters in length. I did not yet know how it would look in the future, but I felt deeply the wonder of our God who creates life. "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are beautiful, I know that full well." (Ps. 139:13-14)

Husband