these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive
the things promised; they only saw them from a distance.” (Heb.11: 13)
In 1952, when
Watchman Nee, the famous
Chinese Christian leader of the last century, was arrested,
it seemed that he just disappeared from the earth. Actually he was jailed in
the largest Asian prison
called Tilanqiao Prison in Shanghai, later he was transferred to Baimaolin Labor Camp in Anhui,
until he passed away of a heart attack in 1972. Recently, one of his prison-mates who had accompanied
him for nine years gave his account of the details of their life in prison.
Bro. Youqi Wu was a middle school teacher. In 1963, he was
jailed because he was labeled an anti-revolutionary during the “Three Red
Flags” movement. He and a retarded young man were assigned to the same cell
with Nee. It was about a three-square meter room with three-side walls and
one-side bars. Mr. Nee always sat by the door to write something. In the
beginning, Mr. Wu despised Nee and wouldn’t talk to him. One day, his wife
came to visit him and told him that the principal of the school she taught at, warned her that she must quit her job because her
husband was an anti-revolutionary. After she was handed her labor
certificate, she went home with her daughter and cried. They had become
jobless. When Mr. Wu heard the story, he went back to the cell and cried uncontrollably.
Bro. Nee reached out to him by putting his hand on his shoulder and said: “Cry
it all out with all of your heart.” From that moment he felt Nee’s love and began to receive his teaching.
the jailer called Nee in and asked him to give up his faith, but Nee stood
firm and rejected him. Two Christian brothers, one was a hospital principal
and the other was the county mayor, were released after they denounced their
faith and confessed to the public through the PA system. Mr. Wu was very
amazed with Nee’s steadfast faith. That became the
reason why he was converted.
In 1973, Nee’s wife fell and broke her ribs.
He applied for a home visit, but was rejected. No long afterwards, Mrs. Nee
passed away. This was a big blow to Nee. He applied to attend the funeral, and
again was rejected. Less than one year later, he was moved to the further
inland forest labor camp. On the way to the camp, he collapsed and died of
heart failure. A great spiritual man passed away and rested in the Lord.