Since the 1990s, we have been allowed some religious freedom and now have a few church buildings in China. One Adventist church is located near a large factory of an import/export business. The business owner is a friend of an Adventist church member, and the two women often talk together. One day the subject of faith came up and the Adventist shared her belief in God, the Bible, and what it means to be a Seventh-day Adventist.
The business woman was impressed and told her friend,
You have a good church. Your doctrines can really help people. Would you be willing to talk to my employees? The Adventist considered the invitation, but felt intimidated. All of the employees are non-believers, even atheists, she thought.
After some time, her friend brought it up again.
Hey, I’ve been waiting for a while. Why didn’t you send someone? The church member realized that this was an opportunity, and let the Adventist pastor know.
When he arrived at the factory, the owner invited the department heads to a meeting. The pastor spoke about Jesus and His teachings, and his presentation was well received.
This is a good message and can help our employees have a better, more positive life, the department heads told him.
Why don’t you come and speak to our employees?
A date was arranged and the pastor returned. About 60 employees came to the voluntary meeting, and the presentation was well received. The pastor accepted the invitation of the factory owner to give presentations to her employees every two weeks. After six presentations, the pastor invited the employees to accept Jesus as their Savior, and 30 responded with a
At Christmastime the Adventist church organized a big event for all 200 employees of the factory. The factory owner also invited other nearby companies to join them. When the other business owners came, they told the woman that they noticed her employees had changed.
After your employees believed in God, they seem very nice. We also want to encourage our employees to do the same. Now the Adventist pastor is meeting with the employees every Sunday evening. Additionally, the business woman owns other factories, and plans to start a similar program at the other locations.
Following the Christmas event, the business woman came to the Adventist church and attended the communion service. Her friend warmly welcomed her and encouraged her to continue coming. She plans to be baptized soon, along with 30 of her employees.
Produced by the General Conference Office of Adventist Mission.