I Have Engraved You on the Palms of My Hands

Matsuno Reiko from Osaka, Japan

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I’d like to share a story about a sister who shed many tears during worship on the Sabbath day.

One day while preaching God’s word with a sister, I met a Vietnamese who was not fluent in Japanese. Since she had been in Japan for only a few months, she could hardly understand what we were saying, but she seemed interested in the Bible. When we showed her Galatians 4:26 that says, “But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother,” she was very surprised to see the word “Jerusalem.” We also showed her a video about God the Mother, translated in Vietnamese. Then she shouted with joy in Japanese, “That’s it!” We thought that she might have heard the gospel somewhere else, but then she greeted us in Korean, “감사합니다. 복 많이 받으세요(Thank you. God bless you)!” It turned out that she had already been baptized in another Zion. She shed endless tears, saying that Heavenly Mother had sent some Zion members to save her without forgetting her. Then she started to explain what brought her to Japan, writing it in her poor Japanese.

Six years ago, she received the truth in Vietnam and started her life of faith. At that time, she was a college student and preached the truth diligently on her campus, too. However, her father opposed her faith due to his misunderstanding about our church. As her parents wanted her to study abroad, she came to Japan, a distant country. She said that she prayed to Heavenly Mother over and over because she didn’t know the location of Zion in this country where she found it hard to communicate with people and felt as if she was a lost child. All she could do was pray continuously. She was determined to keep the Passover somehow, and she happened to meet us just in time. Her story made us cry, too.

On the Sabbath day, a few days later, the sister came to Zion and prayed for quite a while. It warmed our hearts to see her pray earnestly. We realized the fact that God surely leads His children to Zion if they keep their faith without giving up in any situation. The sister will continue to live the life of faith, feeling the love of Heavenly Father and Mother. Since there are many Vietnamese people in Japan now, there will probably be many things she can do for the gospel.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”. Isa 49:15–16

Mother never forgets Her children, even for a moment, though they may forget Her; She is eagerly looking for Her children who have not come back yet, engraving them on the palms of Her hands. I want to preach the gospel diligently so that I can ease Her pain and grief over Her children even just a little bit. I truly give thanks to God for allowing me to realize Father and Mother’s love through the precious sister who has been found again.