Enjoy the conclusion of our story of how a little girl from China met the lamb.
The story continues:
Transforming a Life
“The missionary who came to our village asked me if I wanted to be the Good shepherd’s little lamb. I nodded. Then, I recall him placing his huge, calloused hands on my head and praying over me. I had no idea what he was doing. No idea what I was supposed to do, but I knew then, two things:
1) I knew there was a God in heaven who created me and loved me and
2) I knew there was a Good Shepherd, Jesus, who would comfort and guide me.
In my remote village there were no churches, no Christians, no Bibles…no one to teach or disciple me. For 10 years, I only knew there was a Creator God, and a Good Shepherd named Jesus.
One quiet night it all changed. I was having a terrible time sleeping alone in my room at university. An overwhelming sadness came over me. I kept tossing in my bed. Suddenly, I heard a voice. “Do you remember Me?” I was stunned. No one was in the room. I got up to check. I eventually assumed it must have been my imagination. When I got back in bed, I was about to lie down, when I heard it again, this time even clearer, “Do you remember Me?”
Suddenly, the image of that drawing of the shepherd when I was seven years old was right in front of me. I could see the little lamb nestled in his arms. I began to weep. “The Good Shepherd?”, I whispered? “Yes”, He said, “It’s time to serve Me.”
The next morning, as He directed, I found a small fellowship of Christians meeting on my university campus. To my amazement, there was another missionary, sent from Canada. He was training this group of young Chinese youth. I was eager to begin my journey and thankful God had sent someone to disciple me.
I came to believe in God and His Good Shepherd Jesus when I was seven years old, from that man who I never saw again, and I began to serve Him at seventeen. I have not stopped and have no intention of ever doing so.”
Naomi Gillette and her husband Tim have been serving the children of NE and SE Asia for decades. We praise God for their life and ministry and the way he called Naomi by name.