God Never Forsakes Me

God Never Forsakes Me

by Amelia Gong

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God Never Forsakes Me by Amelia Gong

God Never Forsakes Me is a most inspiring and motivational work of literature. Unlike the contemporary books that are full of violence, immorality, and corruption, this book is like a glass of ice cold water for someone who has been lost in a scorching desert.
This story of triumph over tragedy should be in every Christian's home library collection. It is for readers of all ages.
The writer's tenacity and determination to overcome several extremely difficult events is phenomenal. Those who personally know her can honestly attest to this statement!

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ISBN-13: 9781440172465
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/06/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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God Never Forsakes Me


By Amelia Gong

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Copyright © 2009 Amelia Gong
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ISBN: 978-1-4401-7246-5


Chapter One

It All Began Here

My life started in a remote little town, named Iron Village. It was located at the southern region of China: One early morning in the spring of 1949, in the stillness of it, there was a soft, weak cry from the corner of a small alley. There were two women waking up to start their day. They faintly heard a soft whimpering cry. Out of curiosity, they opened the door of their house. Quietly they walked towards the noise. They saw a small bundle of old clothes lying on the ground.

To their surprise, they found a little baby wrapped inside the bundle of the old clothes. One of them carefully picked up the tiny baby. She checked to see whether it was a boy or girl. It was a little girl. Her tiny face was pale. Her lips were quivering from being cold and hungry. Only God knew how long she had been crying for help. Both of the women shook their heads and said, "What kind of a cruel mother would abandon a child in this condition? This poor baby is so innocent and helpless!"

Moved with deep compassion, the older woman said to the younger one: "Wait, Tam Ying, we cannot leave her here under this dangerous condition. I will take her home to keep her warm and fed. If no one claims her in a few days, I will keep her as my own." As the older woman was picking up the baby,a piece of crumpled up paper fell off from her clothes. These words were written on it:

"Whoever finds my baby, please have pity on her! Her biological father died five months ago. He complained of severe chest pain and shortness of breath. Within an hour, he left both of us behind. We were from a very poor family. My husband had hardly any resources left for us to continue living. The baby's surname is Lee. She was born on 8-7, 1948. She has no other siblings. I have no means to sustain both of us. Out of the natural instinctive mother's love, I have no choice but to give her up. She will at least have a chance to survive this way. Being a young widow with a female infant is an absolute stigma in our cultural society. Out of the kindness of your heart, if you can adopt her as your child, both of us will be forever grateful to you. God will reward you someday for your unselfish love. I will not return to this village. It is just too painful for me. I will not be able to face the harsh reality that I have to give her up. In order for me to earn a living for myself, I will move to some other town. Hopefully, I will have better opportunities to find jobs as a house hold servant."

Chapter Two

The Adoption

The two women were married to the same husband whose last name was Mr. Shiu. He was an owner of a lodging business in Panama. He provided food services and accommodations for the foreign tourists coming to the Panama Canal. Sometimes workers from other cities would utilize Mr. Shiu's lodging facility. He was making a good living for his family in China.

During the old days in China, a man could marry as many as wives as he desired. The only thing he had to do was providing food and shelter for them. The younger Mrs. Shiu had a ten years old son. His name was Wing Sum, meaning, "A Forrest Forever." Both women were illiterate. After they took the little girl home, the older Mrs. Shiu immediately attended to the baby's physical needs. They bonded spontaneously. She even gave the baby a name, Yin Hong, meaning, "A Little Bird by the River who brings good tidings to people."

Early next morning, the two women went to Mr. Chan who could both read and write Chinese. He also lived in the same village. That was his way of making a living by literal translating and corresponding for the villagers whoever needed his assistance. Mr. Chan took a look at the little girl. He felt pity for her. After a short pause, he started reading the written note from the baby's mother. They also requested him to write a letter back to their husband, asking permission to adopt Yin Hong. They expressed the dire need of a home for this helpless infant.

Within two months, Mr. Shiu responded to his wives' letter. "My dear wives, I am responding to your request regarding the adoption of the baby. King Gee, you are my first wife. Since you do not have any children, it is only the right and humane thing for me to grant you your wish. You have always been a kind and caring individual. I know this little girl will make a big difference in your life. From now on, you can devote your time and energy to love this helpless baby. It will be mutually beneficial for you. One thing I require from you: When Yin Hong is old enough to go to school; I want both Wing Sum and Yin Hong to be educated. It is vitally important that my children will not suffer illiteracy in their lives. Within the next two month, I will be sending enough money for you to purchase five acres of farm land for our family. It will be a future partial inheritance to my children and the two of you."

When the two women received the letter, they could hardly wait for Mr. Chan to translate for them. After he read the letter, the older Mrs. Shiu was absolutely elated! She was thankful and proud to have Yin Hong as her adopted daughter. The entire village was aware of Yin Hong's adoption. Wing Sum accepted her as his little sister from the beginning. From there on, Mrs. Shiu's life was tremendously changed. The previous big void in her life was fulfilled. She took care of Yin Hong as her own flesh and blood.

For Yin Hong's nourishments, she prepared soft rice porridge and pudding, mashed sweet potato and cooked, strained soy bean. Frequently, she fed Yin Hong some scrambled eggs which were her favorites. She was growing slowly but steadily. Wing Sum occasionally played tricks on her and teased her as "mama's skinny little brat." Indeed, that was quite a correct statement about her.

Majority of the people from the village respected her for her kindness. (Incidentally, I was the fortunate adopted child. I did not know my true identity until I was twelve. The discovery of my identity devastated me for over six years.)

Some older folks were skeptical about my adoption, simply because I was a female baby from a young widow. Since the Shiu family was economically stable during those days, they were able to share some of their blessings with their neighbors. On special occasions such as Chinese New Year, brother Wing Sum and my birthdays, our family would always celebrate the delicious foods with them.

Chapter Three

The Communist Invasion

Our family was peaceful and happy for the first five years of my life until 1953. The Communist Red Army soldiers started invading various smaller villages in the southern region of China. Iron Village was among the early victims being attacked. The main purpose for the Communists' invasion was to plunder as much as they could. They began with smaller places because of less resistance from the victims. These ruthless soldiers would seize their houses, lands, and jewelries or any valuable items.

In the early summer of 1953, our family was evicted from our own home. The Communist soldiers seized everything we had. We were left with only the clothes on our backs. They placed us in a tiny dirt-floor hut. There was no furniture or beds in it. The soldiers only gave us a few wooden planks and few stacks of hay for the bedding. They "generously" gave us two wood buckets for drawing water. Each of us received two meals a day. Each meal was consisted merely plain steamed rice and some vegetables. We were treated as captives. Some of the soldiers were very spiteful towards people with properties and monetary substances.

Their objective was to wipe out capitalism in the early stage of communism. Some of the poorer villagers were even empathetic for our family. They gave us some old clothes, needles and threads. Most of the clothes given had holes or tears on them. In winter time, we were given two old quilts from our former neighbors. Occasionally, four of us huddled and slept together on the same wood-planked bed. We did this to generate more body heat in the winter nights.

From then on, we were living in continuous fears. From five to eight years old, I witnessed the most intense cruelties from the Communists. Their inhumane and brutal acts were done not only to my family but to other previous land owners as well.

Chapter Four

The Cruel Interrogation

I clearly recalled in the spring of 1953, on one cold, rainy night, the soldiers busted our door open. They forcefully dragged us out of our tiny hut. They tied our wrists with heavy ropes as if we were notorious criminals. They led us to an old courtyard. It used to be a Buddhist temple. They loosened the ropes from us. My brother and I were commanded to stand at a far corner of the courtyard.

They began interrogating my mothers. They questioned them to see if they had any more jewelry or money hidden elsewhere. After my mothers denied having such items hidden, they began banging their heads against each other repeatedly. My younger mother nearly fainted. She began vomiting profusely. The heartless "animals" left them alone for a while.

All of a sudden, they grabbed my brother, leaving me standing by myself. They tightly bound his legs together. They hung him upside down on an oak tree branch. They hit his thighs and legs with a large wooden stick seven to eight times. Both my mothers screamed loudly. They begged for mercy for the three of them. While I was standing far off at the corner, out of extreme fear and anger, I too cried at the very top of my lungs. I was attempting to stop the brutal monsters from hurting my family any more. In spite of my best efforts, the soldiers approached me, glaring and threatening me. They gave me an option to keep quiet. If I did not co-operate, they too would hang me upside down on the tree. I cried out more frantically. Finally, they gave me an ultimate option either to stay and be silent, or walk home by myself.

I was too frightened to stay and watch any more horrible things done to my family. I sheepishly nodded my head, agreeing to go home alone on a cold dark night. My mother yelled out loudly, pleading, "Yin Hong, please don't go. If we die, we will die together!"

Chapter Five

The Longest Night

Although I heard my mother's cracking voice, I started to leave the courtyard. Before I left my family, I went up to my mother, with tears streaming down my face. I grabbed on to my mother's waist, saying, "Mama, I am too scared! I am so sorry to leave you here. I love you very much!!! I am sorry. I have to go! Please forgive me and don't get mad at me." I then left them behind. I started walking, crying and shivering from the cold heavy rain pouring on my back. It was thundering and lightening. The thunder was rumbling and roaring so loudly that I had to cover both my ears with my hands.

Lightening bolts were flashing on the dark sky. I kept on walking. I felt so alone and afraid! I fell down three times on the slippery, muddy road. My legs began to hurt and I became more terrified. It was a real miracle that I finally arrived home without any serious injuries. That was the longest mile I ever walked in my entire five years of life. When I went into our tiny hut, it was completely dark and quiet. I could hear my own heart bounding. I cried some more from being cold, scared and hungry.

While I was weeping and shivering on the hay stacked wooden bed, I kept wondering if there was a great big God somewhere in the sky. First time in my life, I felt totally alone and forsaken. This was only the beginning of my painful journey of disappointment, disillusion and depression and despair later in my adult life. That was how I entered God's "boot camp" for my future battles of survival! In my little heart, I kept on asking these questions: "God, can You see and hear me cry? I am only five year old! Have You completely forgotten me? Do You care about me at all?" I did not remember when I finally fell asleep.

Chapter Six

Reuniting With My Family

The following morning before dawn, the door was slowly cracked open. I opened my eyes. At first I thought I saw three ghosts. After I refocused my eyes, I was so thankful that they were my family. I ran towards them and met them at the door.

My mothers' faces were completely swollen and bloody. My brother could barely walk from all the brutal beatings on his extremities. We all huddled together. We wept bitterly. I felt like my heart was going to split in half. My brother had to lie down on the hay stacks. He was completely drained and hurt. My mothers both knelt down on the dirt floor, crying out to Buddha and a goddess of mercy. They were praying for help and deliverance from these evil soldiers. My mothers were from the Buddhist background. Out of love and respect for my mothers, I knelt down beside them. I tightly held on to my mother. I could feel her whole body shaking from both physical and emotional pains.

Out of innocence and simplicity of my mind, I distinctively remembered saying this simple prayer to a god, "God, if you are a big true God, please look at us. We need help, and we need it quickly. I know you are sitting up somewhere in the clouds. And I know you are way up in the sky. Please help my mothers and brother! We have been hurt and hungry all the times. Don't You feel sorry for us? If You do, then please help us to get out of this terrible place and away from those bad soldiers. Thank you God!" I bowed my head believing that God up in the sky had heard my simple prayer. And I knew in my heart, someday, this big God up in the sky would help us to get out of China. I also believed that this powerful God will make our lives better later!

"To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old, Indeed, He sends out His voice, His voice is mighty. Ascribe strength to God: His excellence is over Israel; His strength is in the clouds" (Psalm 69:33, 34) "Make haste, O God, to deliver us." Make haste to help us, O Lord!" (Psalm 70:1) "For He will deliver the needy when he cries, He will deliver those who have no helper. He will spare the poor and needy. He will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight." (Psalm 72:12, 13, 14)

CH7[ Demand For Ransom

After we all recomposed ourselves, I asked my mother the reason for the cruel soldiers' releasing them. My mother sadly told me these words: "Yin Hong, in order for us to continue living, the soldiers demand a thousand dollars for our ransoms. They allow me one month to obtain the demanded money. In the meanwhile, three of you will be held as hostages. They will give you only a meal a day until I come back with one thousand dollars." I asked her where she would get the money to save us. She said that she had a brother who lived in Canton. He owned a textile business for import and export to Hong Kong.

She was praying and hoping that he would have the money and mercy to help us. If she was unable to borrow the money, all four of us would be shot in an execution style. She later confided in me that she even considered killing herself. She simply could not handle any more stresses, fear and pain, both physically and emotionally. When she thought of me being left behind, she just could not bear to forsake me. She had to muster enough courage and strength to find a way to save all of us.

Out of desperate measures, she remembered our former neighbors. One of the neighbors, Mr. Wong, used to help us around the house and do some other handiworks. Our family gave him a used bicycle as a gift. The next morning, my mother woke up and walked to our previous neighbor's home. He saw my mother's face and physical conditions. He was moved with compassion and sadness. Mr. Wong offered to help her to get to the next larger town. Ping Shan Village was fifteen miles away. The train station was located at Ping Shan Village. Mr. Wong went to the soldiers to obtain permission to help my mother. Miraculously, the heartless soldiers gave him the dire approval to do so. He returned a favor to my mother from her previous kindness and generosity to his family.

(Continues...) ]CH7



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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgment....................v
Dedication....................vii
Introduction....................xiii
It All Began Here....................1
The Adoption....................3
The Communist Invasion....................6
The Cruel Interrogation....................8
The Longest Night....................10
Reuniting With My Family....................12
Demand For Ransom....................14
The Unfortunate Ones....................17
Another Big Mountain....................18
Second Family Reunion....................21
Improved Living Conditions....................23
The Exodus....................27
Free At Last....................30
The New Beginning....................33
Devastating Confrontation....................37
Truth Confirmed....................39
Beginning Of Poor Self Image....................42
A Positive Turning Point....................44
Love At First Sight....................46
The Engagement....................62
Wedding Preparations....................64
The Big Wedding....................66
The Honey Moon....................70
Truth Confrontation With Family....................72
Painful Separation....................74
Departure From Hong Kong....................79
Arrival To America....................81
Real Cultural Shock....................83
Happiest Days Of My Life....................85
Meeting My Father....................87
New Opportunity....................90
Second Perfect Gift From God....................92
My Worst Tragic Event....................93
Facing The Giants....................100
LastFarewell....................102
Picking Up The Broken Pieces....................104
Restarted Life In America....................108
My Spiritual New Birth....................111
Second Tragedy....................114
A Rift In The Family....................120
My Biggest Mistake....................124
My Son's Acute Kidney Disease....................128
Relapse Of Kidney Infection....................130
Hemo-Dialysis....................132
Alternative Dialysis....................134
Disease's Impacts On My Family....................136
A New Approach To Medical Treatment....................139
Surprised Visit To My Mother....................142
Home Dialysis....................146
Renal Transplant Required....................147
God's Confirmations For Transplant....................149
God's Great Miracle....................153
Satan's Attempt To Rob God's Glory....................158
Battle Belonged To The Lord....................162
Victory Belonged To The Lord....................164
My New Goal In Life....................166
Proudest Times In My Life....................168
The Lord Was My Protector....................170
Approaching The Hurricanes....................173
Shipwrecked....................176
A Broken Spirit And A Contrite Heart....................181
Turned A New Page....................183
Returned To God's Oasis....................185
The Avalanche....................187
My Son's Final Battle....................190
Final Reconciliation....................195
Going Home....................198
Emotional Derailment....................204
Celebration Of My Son's Life....................210
Sunset Of My Life....................215
Conclusion: God Never Forsakes Me....................222

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