It is the kind of intriguing, true, and miraculous story that could have been taken from the pages of the Bible!
As a young boy living in Communist China, Hong’s environment consisted of heavy religious oppression and scarcity of food. His mother passed away from cancer at a young age, and he only saw his father once a month because he worked in a coal mine. Though life was difficult, Hong realized the only way to change it was through intense studying. He graduated the top of his class, which also allowed him to attend college. It was at college where Hong encountered two professors who would impact his life forever—Drs. Murl and Carolyn Dirksen. At 20, he had never heard of God, nor seen a Bible. The Dirksens shared with Hong about Jesus and gave him the Word of God.
Hong was provided a full scholarship to the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, but he knew the government prohibited the study of other religions. He applied for a visa, and through a true miracle, the government approved it! The government had mistaken the words, “School of Theology” with “School of Technology!”
The religious freedom in America was overwhelming for Hong. He obtained three Masters degrees and two doctorate degrees. Hong is a genuine asset to the Church of God denomination. His ministry encompasses a wide range of activity, from staff member of World Missions to evangelism and conducting education seminars across the globe.
To complete their amazing journey, Dr. Hong and his wife, Esther, became American citizens in 1997. Not only are they valuable to the world of missions, but to the entire world.
Unfortunately, Hong has paid a substantial price for his commitment to God and the Great Commission. He has been imprisoned a couple of times in China for the ministry he made available, and it finally resulted in his being banned from his homeland the past seven years. Hong was unable to attend the funeral of his father who recently passed away.
Hong life’s verse is the scripture found in Acts 20:24 … But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.