The devil tried to drown her, a robed man brought rescue

sister mei
Sister Mei at the U.S. Center for World Mission (now Frontier Ventures)

By Vivian Chou —

Perhaps it was a rip tide, but Sister Mei also had a vision of a malevolent hand pulling her out to sea.

While she enjoyed the beach in southern China for the first time in her life, she worried about hardships she faced and her prospects for the future. She was divorced — abandoned by her husband. And she was on vacation at Sanya Beach with her boyfriend, a married man.

“I had never seen the ocean before,” she told the U.S. Center for World Mission, currently known as Frontier Ventures. “For some reason, I felt that if I could see the ocean, a lot of my questions could be answered.”

“My husband left me after I gave birth. On the third day, he came to the hospital for the last time. He just disappeared. It really hurt me,” she said. “That’s how I started to take my life in the wrong direction.”

With “no future, no job, no money, no dignity and no identity,” she was approached by a married man and agreed to go to the beach with him. She left her daughter at home with her parents. As she brooded over her “totally hopeless” situation in the water, she lost track of the shore.

Without warning she was startled by what felt like a hand grabbing her ankle. Having grown up on the Yangtze

Sanya Beach
Sanya Beach

River, she was an able swimmer, but she was not prepared for rip tides.

“From the bottom of my heart, my mind, my soul, I cried out, Who can help me?’” she said.

Then she began to be hauled seaward.

“There was a hand holding my ankle dragging me down into the water. I was frightened,” Mei said. “I did everything I could to swim to the shore, but I couldn’t.”

She tried calling for help. That’s when she felt a hand around her throat choking back the words. Someone on her right turned his back to her, oblivious to her peril. Another on the left also turned his back to her.

“I could not make any noise,” Mei said. “My mouth was moving. I was asking for help, but no noise came out from my mouth. The hand was holding me tighter and tighter.”

Now in deeper water, her body began swirling in the torrent. A wave formed over her head. At the crest of the wave in her vision she saw a horrible face.

“The minute I saw that face, I knew it was the devil. I never was taught about the devil, but I knew it was the devil,” she said. “It was huge. It was coming on the top of the wave. It came to me and it said, ‘I’m going to kill you today.’ When I saw that, I knew I was finished. There was no hope. I was dying.”

When the wave crashed over her face, she choked on the salty brine. She was tossed by waves as she kicked and paddled, trying in vain to reach the shore. She thought of her parents and daughter, Weiwei.

“Mom, Dad, Weiwei, I’m sorry,” she said, beginning to resign herself to death. “They didn’t even know where I was. I never told them where I was, so if I died that day, they would be very disappointed.”

But if the devil seemingly had her in his grip, God’s strong hand was ready to move. Despondent, she cried out to One unknown to her. “My God…” she cried with all her strength. “I had no understanding of what I was saying,” she recounted.

Chinese Christians in 1998
Chinese Christians

Immediately, the heavens opened and a large dove descended on her. With no prior knowledge of the Bible, surprisingly, she recognized the dove as the Holy Spirit.

Then she saw a tall man in a robe with an aura of light. He motioned with one hand, through which a ray of light penetrated, drawing a semi circle. With that motion, her entire life was played before her eyes like a video, and the words “deadly sin” appeared next to the places in her life when she committed sins.

“I could not believe I was such a filthy sinful person,” she remembered. Her immediate reaction was she deserved death by drowning, but then she heard a voice of compassion.

“My child you have come back at last,” the voice said. “I have been waiting for you so long.”

Then she beheld a startling sight: Out of the man’s heart poured water and blood! She understood this was for her sin.

“I had broken His heart. All the sins had hurt Him and had been hurting Him always,” Mei said. “My depravity, debauchery, immorality, my ignorance, stubbornness, rebellion, stubbornness. Never for a moment had I stopped. Every sin I had committed was like a sharp knife that injured Him deeply.”

Then she saw a pure love pouring from his eyes. “Is that for me?” she asked.

“Yes, it is for you,” he replied. “I love you and never expect anything back from you.”

“I had never experienced such an unconditional love. I burst into tears. Why do you love me? I’m lonely and in pain.  Love kept coming to me like waves.”

Mei was still in danger of drowning. Then she heard a voice from Heaven again: “Go, help her!”

Suddenly a man appeared out of nowhere and dragged her to shore. Resting on the sand, she was trembling and exhausted. She lay down and slept, asking herself: Who was the man of the vision? How did he know her whole life? How did she get pulled ashore? What was the light?

“That night I met the God I never knew,” she said.

Though she had encountered God, still she didn’t know anything about Him. When she returned to her village, she found a church and asked for a Bible. At that time in China, Bibles were scarce, and so she had to wait some months.

When she finally obtained a Bible, she devoured it, beginning in Genesis. Everything seemed foreign, difficult for her to understand. She began attending an English class taught by “Doug,” who included messages of the gospel in his teaching.

After a year, the Bible resonated with her.  When she finally got to the Gospel of John when Jesus told Thomas to stick his thumb in his nail hole she remembered the ray of light that shot through the hand of the robed man in the vision at the beach.

Wei finally received Jesus into her heart as her Lord and Savior and was born again, the beginning of a journey that would take her in directions she could never imagine.


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  1. Beautiful and an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it and I am happy that this woman was saved by our Lord Jesus Christ.


  2. Our Heavenly Father is tender, loving and merciful. We are never too far gone in sin where His outstretched arm cannot save us. He is a God of a second chance. He is the Master Potter who can put the broken pieces together again.

  3. This is a very timely message in the troubled times we live in today. God Bless you Spirit Daily for sharing this wonderful story.

  4. The venerable Catherine Emmerich has said that China will be coming into the church. This beautiful story convinces me that it may happen sooner than we realize.

  5. Beautiful testimony! Thank you. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. I extend to you the Complete Blessing of the United Hearts of the Most Holy Trinity Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the Immaculate Mary and please visit

  6. Paul, losing my wife of 53 years I have been searching for comfort. Jesus through his loving touch to others gives me stronger faith to go on and wait until His time to bring us together again . Thank you Sister Mei.

    • We are to give thanks and glory to God alone. Mary cannot hear prayers and doesn’t intervene in any way, shape, or form. Keep all things Scriptural, do not turn to the right or the left.

  7. A wonderful reminder of our own relationship with God and how our sins hurt Him personally. Many have fled when they have seen their sins, but this good soul did not. She accepted His Love. May we do as well when we meet Him. May God grant us that grace.

  8. God is so merciful!

    This is the time of MERCY ….Saint John Paul ll
    This is the Year of Mercy~ Pope Francis
    Divine Mercy Sunday is the FIRST Sunday after Easter….let’s all say the DIVINE MERCY chaplet
    And novena for all who seek God’s Mercy!

  9. Her testimony is very Catholic. This year, Pope Francis declared it as the Year of Mercy.

    Divine Mercy – vision of Sister Faustina

    You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the OCEAN of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

    O BLOOD and WATER, which gushed forth from the HEART OF JESUS as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

  10. A very similar experience happened to me. After returning to my Catholic Faith ,one night while in bed, I was awoken by this terrible ugly huge face hovering over my bed trying to choke me by pouring milk down my throat from a small bowl I used to feed my son from as an infant. I could not escape from his grasp and tried to remember a prayer, “in the name of Jesus satan be gone.” Only I couldn’t recall how it went , so I started with the last word gone ,then I said be gone, then I was able to recall the entire prayer and he was gone, loosening his grasp on me! In the morning when I awoke I told my husband and he said,”I know I was the one who said it for you!” Somehow he was aware of the struggle and saved me. I’ll never forget how huge satan appeared and the terror he instilled in me. But God’s simple prayer and His beloved Name saved me.

  11. One less soul for The devil to steal From God! One less soul that the devil can have! For all of you, listen to my words, for I will teach you what the Lord taught me. “Reach for one lost soul one day at a time and one Prayer at a time.” I cherish these words and I pray that you will too! It has been my lifelong goal. I am so elated for her and I can’t wait to meet her in heaven!

  12. Wonderful testimony of God’s Grace! So encouraging for so many people, in so many different life’s circumstances. Thank you for publishing it!

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