VIDEO The 24-Year Quest

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

Guo Gangtang spent 24 years looking for his son, who had been snatched at the age of two by human traffickers in China. Guo thought of nothing else as he traveled by motorbike throughout thirty provinces of his country, showing pictures of his little boy. He broke bones in accidents and was robbed by thieves. He spent his savings on the search, sleeping under bridges and begging when out of cash. In the end, police found the now 26-year-old by searching databases for images of the child enhanced to show his adult appearance. The emotional reunion earlier this year was broadcast across China. “Now that my boy has been found, everything can only be happy from now on,” Guo said.[1]

Oh, the happiness of being reunited with our Heavenly Father, who sought us and made us His own! Because of His love, we can embrace Him with our hearts and call Him, “Abba, Father.”

“Abba, Father”….The repetition indicates the warmth as well as the confidence with which the. Holy Spirit emboldens the people of God to draw nigh as children to a father able and ready to help them.

John Murray

[1]Vincent Ni, “Man in China reunited with son abducted 24 years ago,” The Guardian, July 13, 2021.

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