Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway. The Heavenly Man. London: Piquant, 2003. 351 pages.
Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway. The Heavenly Man Brother Yun grew up in a poor Chinese village in the Henan Province. His mother had once been a Christian, but then communism took over. All Bibles were destroyed. Eventually his father contracted cancer and was expected to die, when his mother heard a voice saying that Jesus could heal him. When God healed his father, Yun became zealous for Christ, but wanted a Bible. Most people had never seen one; his mother could only remember a few verses. He fasted and prayed until he received a vision that God would give him the bread of life and make him an evangelist. Late one night there was a knock on their door and two men handed him a Bible, then left. They were identical to the men in his vision. He read it through, then started memorizing it. He would quote the book of Matthew and the Spirit would fall on the people in conviction. By the time he was 16 he had led over 2000 people to Christ.
This book reads like the 29th chapter of Acts. Yun suffered tremendously in prison. But on other occasions God supernaturally delivered him. He writes of entire villages converting to Christ and being baptized. He describes the growth of the church with daily conversions—all within the last 25 years.
Yet as China has opened to the West, the Chinese church began to receive books teaching them how they must worship, or that they must speak in tongues, or be baptized in Jesus' name only. Yun also had problems with the prosperity gospel, since he himself has been arrested about thirty different times for the sake of the gospel.
Yun has been out of China and living in Germany since Sept. 2001. After visiting our churches he wrote, "Before I traveled to the West I had absolutely no idea that so many churches were spiritually asleep." He said the first thing we need to do is to return to the Word of the Lord. His challenge for the Western church is to get back to basics, then join hands with them in partnership to establish God's kingdom throughout China and all the way back to Jerusalem.
Yun is a leader in the Back to Jerusalem movement. In the 1920s there was a revival in China which produced this Back to Jerusalem movement. They felt they should travel back to Jerusalem and spread the gospel along the way—thus completing the circle of world evangelism. By the time they made it to the Chinese border, Mao closed it and some of that leadership spent years in prison. But with the more recent revival in China, the vision has resurfaced with a younger generation. The Chinese church plans to send out 100,000 missionaries and they expect 10,000 to be martyred. But they intend to pull down the last remaining spiritual giants: Buddha, Islam, and Hinduism as they walk back to Jerusalem preaching the gospel as they go. Basically the Chinese church is attempting to fulfill the Great Commission. This has tremendous implications and is the single most exciting fulfillment of our prayer for the kingdom to come to earth.