Nora (her Chinese name Neng Yee) Lam (1932-2004) was the only child, (for many years) adopted by one of Shanghai's wealthiest families and reared in her very early years with servants to pander to her every need. But that was all shattered in 1939 when she was 7 years old, when Japanese soldiers forced them out of their home. The little family had to flee with just a few possessions. They had no option but to live at her wicked step-grandmother's home. They were assigned the worst room in the house but it was in this dark, dirty room where Neng Yee first called upon the Lord at age 9, having heard about the real God at school. As a result of her desperate cry, she had a vision of a guardian angel, who spoke of her Heavenly Father’s love and protection of her and her parents, and gave details of very specific events which were to take place. Supernatural events were to follow Neng Yee for the rest of her life.
Neng Yee, attended a Presbyterian boarding school, and was drawn one evening to attend a Gospel meeting. Her heart was drawn as the missionary spoke and she knew that this was the God who had sent her the angel; who had protected her family; who had loved her and died for her. Neng Yee went forward to repent and ask God to take her in. After that, she did not care whether the room they lived in was dark or bright, because light was in her heart.
In 1942, the little family had to flee again—this time it was an gruelling journey of 1500 miles on foot—to her fraternal grandfather’s house, in the ‘safer west’. The hardships, filth and human degradation she encountered on sardine packed trains, and on foot during this arduous journey prepared her somewhat for the cruel years which lay ahead. But flee from trouble they could not because almost as soon as China was freed from Japanese invasions in 1949, just as soon came the oppressive, and cruel, rule of the Communist regime.
Fast forward passed her studying to be a lawyer, her courtship and marriage, to a time when anyone with a ‘bourgeois’ background was interrogated, ‘re-programmed’ by labour camps, or tortured, but furthermore, if found to be a Christian, killed by firing squad.
Neng Yee had gradually grown cold toward the Lord due to the pressures of Communism, but when she was interrogated and forced to own up to that special event at the Gospel meeting as a child, it forced her to remember how wonderful it was to draw near to Christ and she at once repented for her cold heart and confessed out loud that she was a Christian. Two soldiers led her out to the firing squad and there she had her hands tied behind her back, and was made to kneel whilst a rag was tied over her eyes. She was pregnant, but that did not cause them to hesitate. Neng Yee cried for the Lord to forgive her for her quiet years when she had not served Him. “Ready. Aim. Fire!” The bricks behind Neng Yee splintered and hit her back but after three attempts the firing squad gave up and she was freed….
TO BE CONTINUED