Now she is a 31-year-old migrant worker living in Beijing. “I met my husband here four years ago,” she says. She and her husband, who is also a migrant worker, have a two-year-old son. “He’s a left-behind child,” she explains. “Because my husband and I need to work, we sent him to live with my mother and visit him as often as we can.” Ah and her husband sometimes work up to 16 hours a day.
Something caught her eye when she went to the migrant center in her neighborhood. There was a “free English” sign in the window. “‘Free English? Why not?’ I thought. Sometimes I heard singing coming from this building,” she says. “They had invited me many times before to come in, but I refused. I used all kinds of excuses. I didn’t trust God. My life was harsh enough. But I wanted to learn English.”
Ah joined the class and was moved by the patience and care of the instructors. “They had to travel two hours each way to teach us,” she says. “They always have extra time, tissues for our tears, and treats! They say they do this because Jesus loves them, so they must love us, too,” she reveals.
Today she is working on getting her husband to join the class with her. “I enjoy this class very much. In fact, it is the only fun time I look forward to every week,” she beams. “I even enjoy the singing now! It reminds me of the joy I felt in my heart during childhood.” One of the instructors invited Ah to attend church with her. “I immediately felt peace, and joy,” she says. “When they asked me if I wanted to be a follower of Jesus, I said yes. I want to spread love just like my teachers do, just like Jesus did Himself.”