She stood on top of the mountain, her eyes riveted to the American flag as it flapped gently in the breeze. It was more spectacular than the surrounding landscape. It was a symbol of freedom from a life of religious persecution in a country where being a Christian led to her husband’s arrest and imprisonment. After learning of his death resulting from vicious beatings and torture, she fled their home. She was two months pregnant.
For days she traveled on foot with nowhere to sleep and nothing to eat except sunflower seeds but still, she continued to cling to her faith. She found a safe house in Bangkok but shortly after, Thai police showed up, seized her possessions and sent her to detention. The judge ordered her deportation. Back in the jail cell, she prayed, “God, please help me.”
And He did, through the U.S. Embassy officials who helped her to escape from the Chinese and to America. Now she and their daughter were free. One day she would tell her about her brave father.
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