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Trust and Servephil

By Phil Bassett


But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 


On an island off the southeast coast of China, in a tiny fishing village, Lin Qiaozhi was born in 1901 during the "golden years" of Christian education in China. In those days there were many Christian schools across the country including the small Christian school Lin attended. She was an excellent student and once said, "If boys can get a grade of 100 then I'll get 110."


One hot summer day she was knitting during a break time at school. One of her teachers said to her, "You have such great hands. You should be a doctor." This comment changed the direction of her life. After high school Lin applied for admission to Beijing Union Medical Hospital and University, and she was invited to Shanghai to take the entrance exam. She took the long journey from her village toward the opportunity of a lifetime.


During the daylong exam, a student fainted and fell from her chair. Nobody moved to help. Students were totally focused on their exams and didn't want to waste precious time. As Lin was a Christian, she felt compelled to help the student. She took her outside for fresh air, got her some food and water and made sure she was OK before returning to the exam.  


When the time for the exam expired Lin had not finished. She was not disappointed, however, because she had done the right thing. Lin hoped she would get a chance to apply to the university again the following year. She said later, "Life is precious. While some things may be considered more valuable than life, to a person nothing is more precious than their life."


Unbeknownst to her, the examiner sent Lin's exam on to Beijing with an explanatory note. The university was impressed with her compassion and selflessness and thought her incomplete exam showed she was knowledgeable. Imagine her surprise when she got an acceptance letter!   


In 1921, Lin entered university and by 1925 was one of only 60% of her class to be granted a Dr. of Medicine degree from Union Medical College's partner, New York State University School of Medicine.


By 1932 Dr. Lin was the first woman director of obstetrics and gynecology at a Chinese hospital. At first, her male counterparts looked down on her, but soon she won their trust and respect. She began to reform the practice of obstetrics to the point that the health of both mothers and newborns was greatly improved in Beijing and across China. Thousands of lives were saved and improved because of her work.


Dr. Lin went on to hold many high national positions, including Deputy Director of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Vice Chair of the National Women's Federation of China. She frequently traveled in Europe and North America to lecture and learn. She was an author, book and journal editor and the role model for a whole generation of women.


Even though she was very famous, Lin never stopped serving Christ by serving people in need. There are many stories of her going out late at night to help women deliver their babies - even if they could not pay. She often used her own money to buy them food and basic medicine. She said, "If they entrust me with their life, how can I refuse that trust saying I'm cold or hungry or tired."  


Dr. Lin died in 1983 at the age of 82. She is still honored across China today by statues and even a postage stamp.


Dr. Lin did not seek fame, power or influence, and she never let her accomplishments distract her from her mission to change the world with God's love. Lin Qiaozhi sought to live her life serving others guided by Christ. She faithfully followed the path of good works God had prepared ahead of time for her. In doing so, all the other things she needed in life were "added unto her."


God is so faithful. How can you trust and serve him today? Our Father wants to use you as a loving change agent in your community, nation and the world.



Author's Note: Some information in this story comes from


About the Author

Dr. Phil Bassett is Director of Teacher Training for LDi International Schools who operate six international schools in China and one in the Middle East. LDi hires more than 80 passionate Christian teachers a year for these schools. Positions are paid and include housing and round trip airfare. Visit for more information.


A Word from James

The witness of my friend Phil and the life of Dr. Li remind me of God's almost unbelievable decision to use simple people in His mission to change the world. Our Father does not need us, but he has chosen to use us. How are you responding to that divine invitation? Is there some way FollowOne can help you, your children and your church use the blessings of God to serve lost and hurting people?


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