Testimonies of Our Church in Houston
Paul and Cecilia Joan Wong
The Bible describes the saints in the end time as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev 14:12; 19:10). “God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will” (Heb 2:4). “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs” (Mark 16:20).
Our First Baptism in Texas
| On January 13, 1980, on my way home to Bakersfield, California from a missionary trip to Brazil, I made a one night stop in Jacksonville, Texas. Sister Lowen Lo had invited her relatives to a family gospel meeting in her home. Her niece, Helen Lo, had a high fever and an ear infection that night, but she came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Although it was very cold, she was baptized at 5:00 a.m. the next morning because I had to catch an 8:30 a.m. flight from Dallas. |
|Praise and thank our Lord Jesus Christ, Helen was healed during the baptism. Later that same year, Sister Lowen, Helen, and some of their relatives moved to Houston and held worship services in their home.|
God’s Guidance in a Dream and a Prophecy
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17-18)
After returning to Bakersfield, God spoke to me in a dream, telling me, “Move to Houston. I have lambs there.” Sister Lowen also called me to preach to her relatives in Houston.
On my way to Houston, I first went to visit my sisters in Toronto, Canada. On Thursday, June 4, 1981, I was in Toronto when my wife developed extreme pain in her chest and started to cough out blood. I was scheduled to fly from Toronto to Houston the following day, but Sister Alice McVay called long distance and asked me to return to Bakersfield immediately.
My family in Toronto prayed earnestly to ask for God’s guidance and healing. During the prayer, my sister Nornie was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, “Have no fear for she will be healed. Go forth.” During the same prayer, my other two sisters, Estella and Julie, sang hymns of victory. Based on God’s revelation and assurance, I made the decision to continue with my journey to Houston.
On June 6, 1981, during the Sabbath service in Houston, Helen Lo and Vicky Wang were moved by the Holy Spirit, and Lisa Wang was baptized on Sunday June 7, 1981. After the Worship Service Sister Lowen gave me the Sunday edition of the Houston Chronicle to look for a job.
Two Miracles happened on the Same Day
Two miracles happened on Monday, June 8, 1981. One occurred in Houston, Texas, and the other in Bakersfield, California. I went to three architectural offices for job interviews and received three offers. I chose the McGinty Partnership, which was one of the most prestigious architectural companies in Houston. The principal John McGinty was the president of the American Institute of Architects at that time.
On that same day my wife went to the doctor for a medical examination in Bakersfield and was told that she had been healed. Praise and thank the Lord Jesus Christ for these two miracles. Our family left Bakersfield on Sunday, July 5, 1981, and arrived in Houston on Wednesday, July 8, 1981, just in time to attend the first Spiritual and Evangelical Convocation in Houston.
God protected our Chapel
On August 18, 1983, when the chapel was still under construction, Hurricane Alicia (a category 3 hurricane with winds up to 125 mph) hit Houston, causing $2 billion worth of damages. Many homes in the Houston area were damaged and 21 people lost their lives.
On the night of August 17, 1983, our church members prayed the whole night. Praise the Lord there was minimal damage to the chapel – only a few roof tiles were lost.
We thank God for guiding our church in Houston to complete the chapel building in time for the Dedication on November 26, 1983. National Church Conference and Apostolic Christian Conference were also held during that Thanksgiving weekend.
Visions of Angels and the Blood
of Jesus Christ during the Baptism
On Sunday, May 17, 1987, Sister Ruby Leung, Howard Chan, Leo Chan, Lennox Bedneau’s families and Joseph Wright were baptized in the Buffalo Bayou in West Houston. Joseph was the first to be baptized, and during his baptism, he saw the vision of the blood of Jesus Christ in the water. His ten-year-old son Little J.J. saw a vision of ten angels coming down from heaven to witness the baptism. After Lennox was baptized, he and his wife Josette saw the vision of blood stains on his pants. This vision continued until they reached the chapel on Thomas Road.
God’s Protection from Harm
by the Blood of Jesus Christ
The following Sunday, May 24, 1987, Joseph Wright’s wife and children were baptized in Galveston. During the baptism one of the church youths (Sam Chang) shouted, “Look out! There is a shark.” When fifteen-year-old Lalia Wright was baptized, she also saw a shark swimming towards her; she also saw a circle of blood in the water around the baptism site. The shark bounced off the edge of the circle of blood and swam away.
Baptism at Galveston on May 24, 1987
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:11) We are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pet 1:19).
Praise and thank our Lord Jesus Christ who has been very good to us, and has continued to guide and protect our church in Houston. We moved to our new location in Stafford, Texas, at the end of May 2008. May all the glory be given to our God.
This article is based on the one that was published in
the Church Dedication Souvenir Book on April 10, 2010