Apostles Sang Hymns To God While In Prison

A school teacher, imprisoned for his faith, was discouraged and began to sing a hymn. Not only was he encouraged, but another believer heard and was encouraged. Shortly thereafter, other prisoners were converted.

Following excerpt from 19% into China The Church's Long March by David H. Adeney

One of the three, a high school teacher, described a funeral service for an old pastor some years before that was attended by a large crowd of Christians. At that time they were not allowed to have any public meetings, but the young people determined that there should be a witness during the funeral service. They divided into groups, sang Christian hymns and made a large banner with the inscription “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25) to carry in the funeral procession.

At the graveside an old man led in prayer. As soon as the funeral was over, he was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison. Inquiries were made about who had written the words on the banner. In order to take the pressure off those who were being interrogated, the high school teacher who was telling us the story confessed to being the writer. He too was imprisoned In her sorrow and distress his wife was comforted from the Scriptures by the words, “I am ... the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exod. 3:6) which led her to realize that this was also the God of her husband.

Meanwhile the young teacher in prison, feeling discouraged, began to sing the hymn, “The Way of the Cross I Will Follow.” Another Christian prisoner heard the singing and was strengthened in faith. During the days that followed, people were converted in that prison and there were some remarkable answers to prayer.

China The Church’s Long March

Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book

Two high school students were impressed by Christians willingness to help their townspeople during a Japanese invasion. They later on became Christians.
A school teacher, imprisoned for his faith, was discouraged and began to sing a hymn. Not only was he encouraged, but another believer heard and was encouraged. Shortly thereafter, other prisoners were converted.
Three stories are presented that show how God intervened to prevent harm to the underground believers in China: convicting those sent to arrest believers of their own sins, causing a vehicle to break down, and creatively clearing buildings before an earthquake. In all of these circumstances, God's protective hand was undeniably visible to His people.
A woman was brought to faith, just by the prayerful life her Christian neighbors led.
Several stories show how Chinese Christians value the written Word of God and the great lengths many are going just so they can have a Bible of their own to study.
David Adeney met a young man who became a Christian because of the witness of his Christian neighbors. There was no church meeting in his community as the government had arrested the house-church leader, yet his neighbors discipled him and cared for one another by tithing their money.
Some of God's people in China gathered together in prayers and fasting, to seek God's face and His mercy before before making an appearance before the Religious Affairs Bureau—a body that was intent on persecuting believers. Yahweh heard the cries of His people and intervened!
Communist officials came to disperse a group of believers who were gathered to pray for a sick member of a Christian family, but one of the officials who was sick with cancer asked if they would pray for him. They did and he was miraculously healed. He became a Christian and then he himself was later arrested.
Three beautiful stories show the Christians across China sacrificially sharing in each other's needs as the early church did, and ensuring that the needy among them were not left to their fate, but taken care of.
The exemplary lives of two Christians; an engineer and a doctor, during the cultural revolution, was all the witness a young man needed to abandon the Chinese Communist Party and embrace Christ.
Chinese believers are suffering, not for any common crime; but for their faith in Jesus. Yet through it all, they show no bitterness but love for their country.
As public preaching was banned for years in China, they let the Gospel light shine through their personal life-styles and behaviours while taking advantage of any opportunity to share the gospel one-on-one with others.
A husband is arrested during the Cultural Revolution, the wife called for prayers and asked each of the children to confess their sins before praying. They did and prayed for their father, that very day he was released. The children were happy to know that God answered their prayer and it strengthened their faith.