Poem by imprisoned Pastor John Cao recounts God's call: Go where Wa mountain people live—where wolves and tigers roar

Source:              www.ChinaAid.org

Date:                   January 8, 2021

 
 
 
Wolves and tigers roar on cliffs. 
(Photo: ChinaAid Compilation)



(ChinaAid—Jan. 08, 2021) Pastor John Cao, serving a seven-year-sentence in a prison in Kunming, the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, writes poetry to encourage himself and others. ChinaAid prayerfully plans to include the following poem in Pastor Cao's forthcoming book. 


 
The Mission
 
 
Wolves and tigers roar on cliffs,
 
where Wa mountain people 
 
live in bushes and on perilous peaks. 
 
God called Chinese missionaries 
 
to change the old situation. 
 
Wa children wave 
 
as they
 
embark on a new journey.
 
 
 
 
Satan smirks in front of the LORD
 
until God charges him.
 
Job enjoys the Spirit
 
in front of God’s judgment seat.
 
 
 
 
My wish for the rest of my life?
 
That villages can remain, 
 
and that faithful stewards 
 
can be buried there.
 
 
 
 
Missing the Mountain Kids
 
 
As the bottomless black hole
 
swallows freedom, 
 
I worry for the children, not myself.
 
Sporadic good news arrives. 
 
Each school operates well.
 
 
 
 
The Smuggling
 
 
Human traffickers cross borders and break laws. 
 
Day and night, 
 
they smuggle Wa people 
 
to make money from their misery.
 
As they abuse power, arbitrariness emerges.
 
Authorities involve righteous people 
 
with no sense of shame.
 
 
 
 
The Climb
 
 
Led by the Spirit, 
 
I climbed the Wa mountains, 
 
for four years.
 
Never once did I anticipate, 
 
that my own country
 
would imprison me for seven. 
 
The question fills my mind, 
 
Was the work worth it?
 
As I count all the lost sheep 
 
who have returned, 
 
God rewards my ambition.
 
 
The Lord’s Calling
 
 
The Lord calls disciples: 
 
"Go to the ends of the earth,
 
Put on armor, 
 
and leave your hometowns—
 
while it is still day."
 
In Wa State, so far away, 
 
mountain people hunger and thirst 
 
to be with God. 
 
The Lord initially used me
 
to deliver spiritual food.
 
Now, He calls you
 
to continue...
 
where wolves and tigers roar on cliffs.
 
 
ChinaAid has posted more* about Pastor Cao and his poetry: 

 
Pastor John Cao*, author of  poems, including From Over the Mighty Waters.
(Photo: ChinaAid)
 
 

John 3:16* in Chinese on left... John 3:16 in English on Right...
(Illustration: ChinaAid)

 
 
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Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains 
be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake
 with its swelling. 
Selah
 
                                 ~ Psalm 46:2-4 (NKJV)
 
 
 
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