3. HIS TRAINEE
Chang Wu-chen, a leading co-worker on the island of Taiwan, was one of Watchman Nee’s trainees. The following is his testimony regarding Watchman Nee:
Saved through Watchman Nee
I first met Watchman Nee in Chefoo, Shantung province, in the summer of 1935. I was then twenty-one years old. I was raised in a Christian family and studied in a Christian school. Though my mother’s father had been a Free Methodist pastor, Christianity left me with a very poor impression, and I became an atheist. God was merciful to me, however, and caused me to meet Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. It was through them that I received salvation.
My aunt, who was quite concerned for my salvation, found occasion to introduce me to Watchman Nee in Witness Lee’s living room. He began to preach the gospel to me, and we debated the matter of God’s existence. He gave many reasons to prove God’s existence, but I argued that since I could not see God, I could not believe in Him. Then he asked, "Can you see everything with your eyes? Do you deny the existence of something simply because you cannot see it? For example, there are electrical waves and air in this room. Can you deny their existence? God is not physical; God is Spirit. You cannot contact God with your eyes; you must use your spirit. If you seek God with your spirit, you will find Him." Then I asked, "How do I contact God with my spirit?" His reply was, "Just speak to God from deep within, according to your need and inner sense."
I went home and began to pray according to his instruction. Thank God! He answered my prayer and changed me from within. The following Sunday I attended the meeting. Witness Lee preached the gospel. His words were so powerful that the Lord was able to conquer me, deliver me, and clearly save me.
Helped through His Publications
After being saved, I secretly consecrated myself to the Lord. The Lord was so dear and so precious to me that I was willing to give up the world and serve Him the rest of my life. Then for twelve years I did not see Watchman Nee, but continued to receive much help through his spiritual publications.
(Watchman Nee—A Seer of the Divine Revelation in the Present Age, Chapter 19, by Witness Lee)