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Sung Runs Away to Church

Sung Yeon Yang“Cli-click” the door quietly latched behind Sung Yeon Yang (Soong Yee-HWN Yang) as she quietly slipped out of her Taiwanese apartment building on the Eastern coast of China. No one knew where she was going, not A-pah (Taiwanese for Father), not  Mama, (Taiwanese for mother) not even her little sister. As she ran down the sidewalk toward the little Adventist church (Kàu-hoë), she hoped that her parents wouldn’t ask here where she had been because she was sure they wouldn’t want her to be going to church.

Sung’s  family didn’t know Jesus but when she first started  school (Hák-häu) her parents wanted her to be able to learn English so they sent her to an English language class after school. That’s where she first learned about Jesus. You see, the language school was run by Seventh-day Adventists! Even though it was hard, she loved learning English and she also loved her teacher. But this week she had heard her teacher talking about the church’s worship services.

“May I go to your Kàu-hoë (church) too?” Sung asked her teacher.

“Why, of course, you are very welcome to come!” Teacher replied. And that’s why Sung was running toward the little Adventist church on this Saturday morning.

As she slipped inside she was warmly welcomed and directed to a Sabbath School class for kids her own age. She loved the songs and Bible stories so much that she decided to come back! Week after week Sung slipped out to go to Sabbath School, while her parents thought she was taking part in a school activity.

“Sung,” Her teacher said one day, “you’re such a good singer, how would you like to join the children’s choir?”

“Really? I’d love to!!” Sung exclaimed bouncing up and down eagerly. She loved to sing! But now she would have to stay for the worship service some days because the children’s choir often sung for church.

One Sabbath when Sung was supposed to sing in the choir for church she invited her little sister to come with her. “But don’t tell  Mama, and don’t tell Father where we’re going!” Sung warned, she didn’t want her parents to find out and tell her she couldn’t go to Sabbath school anymore. Both girls slipped out of the house and ran to the church. Sung’s sister loved it as much as she did! But when they got home Mama asked, “Where have you girls been all morning?”

Sung fidgeted a little, she had a funny feeling inside.  In the past when mom had asked this question she had lied to keep out of trouble but now she just couldn’t do it anymore. “I-I have joined a children’s choir at the Adventist church, and they sang today for worship,” she confessed, it felt good to tell the truth but she was really worried that her parents would stop her from going back.

Mama seemed to understand and Sung thought everything would be OK. Then A-pah found out! “No, you may not go to any Christian church!” he told them. “Not even to sing in the choir.” So Sung and her sister had to stay home on Sabbaths. But whenever A-pah wasn’t around,  Mama let them go.  

Then one day A-pah found out. He was angry! “I told you girls not to go to that church and now I find out that you’ve been going anyway!!”

But Mama interceded “But A-pah , look at how kind and obedient the girls have become. They’re learning that at church. I think it’s good for them to go.” So A-pah reluctantly agreed to let them go.

One month, two, three…six months passed. Then one day Mama met one of the members of Sung’s church in town. She was very friendly and after visiting for a while the lady said, “Why don’t you and your husband come visit our church to see what your girls are enjoying. We’d love to have you!”

“You know,” she said to A-pah when she got home, “the girls have been going to that church for quite a while now, don’t you think it is time we went to their church to see just what our daughters are learning?” The girls jumped up and down for joy when they heard that both Mama and A-pah had decided to come with them to Sabbath School and Church.

But that Sabbath Mama and A-pah were very uncomfortable. “I don’t know what to do or when or do it; like everyone else does” whispered A-pah . This made them feel embarrassed, they didn’t like it. It was different than anything they had ever seen before. And even though the church members tried to help, they decided that they didn’t want to go back. “You girls go ahead to church, A-pah and I will stay home.” Mama said the next week. As the girls went to church that next week, they were a little sad because it was just the two of them again.

Then one day an Adventist lady moved into their apartment building. She was very nice and caring and soon they became friends.

Every morning the phone would ring. Mama would answer, ” Pêng-an (That’s how Taiwanese say “Hello”)?”

“Hi, this is your new neighbor, would you and your family like to come over to my house for worship and prayer?”

Her parents were pleased that someone cared enough to invite them over for prayer and so for another six months the phone continued to ring every morning and Sung’s family would go over to their neighbor’s house for prayer.

Soon Mama wanted to her own prayer time in her house and A-pah began to study the Bible with the pastor. A-pah learned what Sung had been learning about the God of love and was anxious to worship him too. Sung-Yeon-YangHe threw away his prayer beads and began praying from his heart.

Just 18 months after Sung first sneaked to church her whole family became Adventist Christians. A-pah has become a gentler, happier man. Mama enjoys worshiping with the family. And Sung and her sister love to sing praises to Jesus in the children’s choir. She is glad that she ran away to church. Aren’t you?


This story was adapted from the web site @ . In order to maintain the accuracy of the retelling, some portions are entirely or mostly taken from the original story.



Chief God Came to Visit Me

Hey Kids! Here’s an interesting true story written by Missionary Braden Pewitt, a missionary to the Pnong people in Cambodia. For more stories by Missionary Braden click here.

–Uncle Steve

***********Braden, Johanna, Keenan & Jaden

“I saw you last night in my dream,” Lokru shouted to me with excitement.  “You came just as you are now.  I saw you with your helmet on and your jacket and your scarf.  This is exactly like my dream!  You are here just like in my dream.”

I had come to visit Lokru and his family since I knew they still mourned the recent passing of Kruweh, their father and husband.  I knew each night they lay restless, waiting for the certain attacks of the demon sorcerers.  I’d been praying for them and I came once again to assure them that Chief God was with them and would keep them safe.  “We haven’t yet seen the soul-eating sorcerers,” Pumrok explained.  “Fortunately we still have a number of people staying with us from night to night.”  I nodded my head in relief.

I had also come to assure Lokru that I would support him financially so that he could continue the teachers training courses his father and mother had already sacrificed so much for.  His face lit up.  “I’m so happy!” he exclaimed.  “I so want to become a teacher.  I promise I will study hard and do my very best.”  And that’s when he said, “I saw you in my dream last night.  My dream came true!”Cambodia

Chills raced up and down my spine as I realized once again that Chief God had prepared the way before me; that in fact, I had come right on time just as He wanted.  I suddenly understood the sudden idea that had popped into my head the evening before: why not go to Boan Village before breakfast in the morning?  That idea hadn’t been my subconscious playing tricks.  It in fact had been the voice of God.  Wow!  “Thank you God for directing me once again.  And help me to be more open next time.”

But Lokru wasn’t the only one who had dreamed the night before.  When I stepped into Liu’s hut, she was beaming.  “Chief God came to visit me last night in my dream,” she told me.  “He arrived with the chief in a car and then walked here to my hut.  I recognized Him.  I invited Him in and He stepped into my hut.  I reached for His hand and He shook it.  [The traditional Pnong greeting].  I offered Him a drink and He drank with me.  It was Chief God for sure.  I recognized Him.  He was like you!”

I glanced at the place Liu was pointing to on the raised platform.  Chief God had been here!  He had sat with this widow in her tiny hut right here on this spot.  Suddenly chills tickled more than my spine.  My entire body was trembling with excitement and joy.  For my God, my Friend, my Guide, had been here with this woman just a few hours before.  I glanced around the dark hut.  And he’s here now, I thought to myself.  He’s right here with us now.

“He was like you,” she had said.  I still don’t know what she meant.  Did I somehow remind her of Him?  I hoped so.  Did my love seem familiar when she saw Love Itself walk through her door?  Once again I hoped so.  But whatever the case, she recognized Him when she saw Him.

Please pray for these Pnong people.  We’re leaving the province again.  This time we have meetings in Thailand with AFM, a few days of buying supplies, and a week of family vacation.  We won’t be back until the end of next month.  But as you can see, God can speak to these people without us even being around and sometimes He uses the times we are away to do His greatest work.  Please pray for Lokru, Pumrok, and their family as they still watch the shadows for the jyaks, the soul-eating sorcerers.  Please pray that they find Chief God there instead and give Him praise.  Please pray for Liu.  Chief God is obviously sharing Himself with her right now.  Pray that during this next month she will welcome His presence even more – not only into her hut but also her entire life.


Braden, Johanna, Keenan & Jaden

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Oops, A Mission Update.

Hey kids!
Remember the story, “I’m Not Going”, about Megan Mays, on the Secret Cargo CD? Well, Megan wrote to tell us what it’s like being on the mission field.

I though you’d like to hear about it.



By Megan Mays, Jun 1, 2006

We have only been in Albania for a month, but we have already made our share of bloopers and mistakes.

For example, not long ago, my sister Moriah and I went shopping together. First, we went to a shop to get bread. The owner of the shop came over and asked in Albanian what I wanted. I told him I wanted whole-wheat bread, or brown bread. At least I think that’s what I told him. He walked over to the shelf, picked up a package, put it in a bag and handed it to me. Then he took the money from my hand and gave me a coin back for change. I looked over at Moriah and said, “I think I just bought something, but I’m not sure what.” After we left the store, I discovered that I had bought something kind of like zwieback. Oh well. It was brown, and it was bread. We’ll eat it.

When we got to the stand where I like to buy produce, I went in and asked for a kilo of tomatoes and two cucumbers. The lady began to jabber in Albanian, but I didn’t understand a word she said. I told her, “Nuk kuptoj; unë flas vetem pak Shqip,” meaning “I don’t understand; I only speak a little Albanian.” She smiled and said something else I didn’t understand. I told her again, “Nuk kuptoj.” She said it again, this time v-e-r-y slowly. I still didn’t know what she was saying, so I told her again, “Nuk kuptoj.” She started laughing and asked if I was an American. Read the rest of this entry »