Yin Jie is a seven-year-old boy with autism who lives in Beijing. He is non-verbal and his family couldn’t afford to send him to a private school, so he stayed at home with his mother all day long. He has a very loving Christian mother, and his father is the only breadwinner in the family. The first time we met him was last year, when Kim had a lecture for parents in the mother’s church. The leaders in the church really have a burden for his family, so they started to organize some volunteers to visit the family once a week.
Then we met him again in the beginning of February this year. Bill, Tina, Caryn, and Courtney came to Beijing and we spent a few hours ministering to three families of children with autism. Yin Jie’s father was there too, though at the time he was still searching for God.
In May, Matt came to Beijing and he was able to visit this family this time. We were so honored to walk into his house and spend time with his family. Yin Jie is a cute boy who doesn’t know how to communicate with his parents. When he wanted his father’s attention and didn’t know the right way to ask for it, he threw his father’s cell phone on the floor and broke it. Matt gave the father a love offering for a new phone, which really touched his heart.
That same day, Yin Jie’s father confessed that Jesus is his Lord and Savior. A few days later his church had Bible study for the husband and wife, while Yin Jie was quietly listening to the church hymns for the first time. Lydia, the group leader, said that it is a miracle that he could sit quietly the whole time while the parents are studying the word of God. God is also fixing their marriage relationship. Praise God for all He has done and all He will be doing among those afflicted souls.
~ Daniel and Gail