After I got married , I heard the truth. How shocked I was! I felt like preaching this truth to my parents as soon as possible. I visited my parents and told them the words of the truth. However, surprisingly enough, my mother already knew that the Sunday service or Christmas was not in the Bible. ‘How could she still be keeping those things that are not in the Bible?’ I was more shocked when I found that out than when I heard the truth.
While I hoped that my parents would realize the truth, ten years passed by. During those years, my younger sister received the truth and began to live the life of faith together with me. We preached the truth to our parents whenever we had a chance. As many drops make a flood, my mother’s mind began to change little by little. Asking God to help her realize the true God, she read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation while fasting for three days. Then she came to see the numerous records about God’s commandments which she hadn’t paid attention to before, and she thought that the church her daughters were attending is the true church.
However, since my parents held major positions with high titles and lived at their church pretty much all day, from early in the morning until late at night, they could not make up their minds easily. Then, we began to appeal to maternal love since our mother loved her children so much. We told our mother how much we wanted to lead her to heaven and asked her how come she didn’t grant her children their wish. As the saying goes, “No parent can ever persuade a determined child to do otherwise,” our mother even persuaded our father to study the words and they both received the truth after studying the words seriously.
The hardship of faith came upon them right away. Since their previous church was big in size as one of the five biggest churches in this area, many of the people living in their apartment complex were the church members. Those people found out that our parents became the members of the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG), and they began to confuse our father’s mind with all kinds of persuading words, even bringing their pastor to his house. Like that, our father went back to his previous church. Then he didn’t let our mother go to our church anymore, and he didn’t let us come to their house, either. The hard time for everyone continued until my parents moved to another city. My mother became sick as she suffered from diabetic complications, and my father had to nurse her. Then he found it too tiring and hard to go all the way to previous region by subway to go to church. Seeing that, my mother plucked up her courage and eagerly asked him to start the true life of faith with us. But he still didn’t change his stubborn attitude.
Our mother became more and more ill. Before she was hospitalized, she wrote her last will as if she was going to die. She handed to my father the piece of paper where she wrote her last will, and eagerly asked him with tears to go to the church their daughters were going to. Then our father’s heart as hard as stone was finally softened. One day, my father came to visit us and said,
“I have come to tell you that I want to go to your church. Now, let’s live happily together!”
When we heard him say that, we hugged each other and cried so much. We cried again and again with joy as if a dispersed family had met after a long parting. Afterward, our parents began to study the words and kept all the services, without missing any, in Zion (WMSCOG) near their house. One day, they told us something that surprised us. Last year, while they were taking a walk on a hill, they saw our Zion members keeping the Ascension Day. They sat down on a rock and watched them during the whole service. In Zion, my parents happened to talk about that, then the members said that they had noticed that an old couple was watching them for a long time, and that they were curious about them. They were excited to finally find out who that old couple was.
Our mother described that moment as the moment when Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus, and she said that she was so eager to go and attend the service that day.
“You have done the best thing that children can do for their parents!”
This is what our father says every time we call him. We can feel how happy he is from his voice. Our mother urges us to preach this truth to more souls, saying, “If you have time to call me, preach the words to one more person instead.” Our family has finally gained the true happiness. I’m so happy that it is too hard to believe that this situation is real. I truly give thanks to our Heavenly Parents (God the Father and God the Mother) for blessing us to do the best thing that children can do for their parents in this world.