In God we believe, in God we trust
In God we believe, in God we trust
—-Witness of He Chunyan, aka Rosey
My name is He Chunyan, I am an entrepreneur and professional hairdresser. I moved to Tucson from Orange County, California in July 2018. Before that, I had only been to church three times, I had no knowledge of the Lord. After arriving in Tucson, a friend introduced me to the Tucson Chinese Christian Church (TCCC). TCCC elder Zhang told me that there would be a baptism ceremony during celebration of Easter on April 22, 2019. I was eager, but felt that I was not prepared and qualified to be a baptized Christian. I hesitated to be baptised, but a few Fan Sisi were baptized. I officially joined the TCCC family on May 15, 2019.
On May 2, 2019 I was diagnosed with stage III malignant breast cancer. Chemotherapy was started on June 3. The last chemotherapy was completed on October 16. My 16 chemotherapy sessions were done in less than five months. On November 20, 2019, I entered the operating room again and underwent a right thoracic resection. Due to inflammation of the incision, another operation was performed on December 18.
The year 2020 has not given me a chance to relax and breathe. From February 12th to March 20th, I received 30 radiotherapy sessions and performed the last reconstructive surgery on October 14, 2020. Starting from August this year, a decade of chemotherapy drugs, that is, anticancer drugs, have been prescribed and will be taken.
It took about one year and seven months from the diagnosis of breast cancer to complete chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiotherapy. During this period, the pastors, elders, and brothers and sisters of TCCC have been praying for me. Their kindness and prayers have been a great blessing to me. A side effect of chemotherapy, is that I have insufficient white blood cells, insufficient platelets, and peripheral nerve damage. Troublesome symptoms include numbness of hands and feet, joint pain, anemia, vomiting, bone pain, and fever. My family and friends have been very worried about my body. However, my heart feels more peaceful because of the intercession of brothers and sisters.
In the eyes of everyone, the adverse reactions decreased and improved and disappeared towards the end of my drug therapy. I credit the improvements to the peace of mind bestowed by the Lord and his followers. I also participated in a model fashion training class during chemotherapy. For more than two months, during chemotherapy on Wednesday and model training on Thursday, I did not miss a single time. People who know me say that I am nothing like a normal patient undergoing chemotherapy, and it seems that such a serious illness has not affected my joy of life. I still do simple housework, my appetite has not diminished, and I have even gained weight. In addition to the Lord’s blessing, I also thank my mother for the careful care and companionship during my illness. I am very grateful to her.
Of course, in illness, there will be times of weakness, pain, and helplessness. Whenever these negative emotions strike, I pray, seek the face of the Lord, plead with the Lord to have mercy on me and heal me. Every time I prayed, I prayed as a sinner, with the humble attitude of my children, trusting in the faith of the Lord to be saved. I pray every day and I am grateful for everything bestowed on me. Slowly, prayer became as natural as breathing, and daily communication with God seemed to open new paths for me. I believe that anyone who is willing to seek God’s will, has an obedient heart, and respects God’s will, can find his compassionate hand to hold and guide them.
I did receive mercy and healing from the Lord because of my faith. God’s mighty hand seems to have given me a protective net, guarding me, and gifting me so that I am not afraid or alone. God not only used the doctor’s hand to heal me, but also gave me and my family peace of mind. Even in a time when the global pandemic is raging, it is guaranteed that my family and I will not have a heavy burden financially and spiritually. God’s healing salvation drove away the pain caused by cancer. I look to the Lord for his leadership and live peacefully in the glory and grace of the Lord.
I only joined Chen Ping’s Bible study group in April of this year. Three hours a week to read the Bible together, followed by discussion. This support and shared time was something I started to look forward to every week. I studied and I learned to pray. It turns out that God has been there waiting for me, his love has always been there and will never change. Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Brothers and sisters, open your hearts and God’s mercy, love, and salvation will come.
In July of this year, my daughter asked me to paint with her, but she stopped painting after a short time. I liked painting, but I couldn’t paint well. So, while praying, I searched for materials on the Internet. Without any drawing experience or instructor, it took three months from drawing on newspaper stock to being able to produce a decent drawing on the drawing board. I thought that after illness, my life would lose a lot of fun and color. But God gave me new skills and that has made my life fulfilling again. Illness closed a door in my life, but God opened a window for me. Thank you God!
At the same time, God also changed my genes. From my original straight hair to curly hair through chemotherapy. I like it very much, thank the Lord!
At the end of 2020, I feel that the hardest time has passed. By the blood of Christ, we can wash away past sins; because of the power of the Lord, we can be free from evil. Lord, I trust you, I long for you, and I obey you. I also hope that more of your lost sheep can hear the gospel as soon as possible, confess their sins, repent, and see the light.
There is only one life. But I feel that God gave me a second life, one that I can live more wonderfully. I hope my story can inspire others.
I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, amen.