Tim Ulmer, a former staffer for Illinois House Republicans (where I met him) taught English in China for a year.
He has written a book on the experience, which is not yet published.
McHenry County Blog is going to serialize the chapter on his experience at Christmas.
Here is the next installment:
A Chinese Christmas Carol, continued
“Ricky, Merry Christmas,” I said, handing him the Bible.
I remembered that one of Martin Luther’s complaints against the Catholic Church was its insistence that the Bible only be written in Latin, and that the Bible shouldn’t be read by the layman.
It was Ricky’s predicament, and the same of his fellow Chinese citizens, that authorities also wouldn’t allow the reading of the Bible.
“It is my honor and privilege to give you this Bible.
I waited patiently while he stared down into the bag, to catch a glimpse of my gift.
You would have thought he was Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail!
Eventually, he looked up at me, gave me a hearty thank-you.
He was as radiant as the first Christmas star must have been.
Giving Ricky a Bible on Christmas might certainly have been the best Christmas gift I’ve ever given anyone.
“The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.”—Martin Luther
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