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Brother Yun Biography

Brother Yun Biography

Brother Yun

Brother Yun was born in February 1958 in the province of Henan. His original name was Liu Zhenying (刘振营).

Brother Yun became a believer at the age of 16. Soon after he became a Christian, God called him to be His witness in the west and south. As he was obedient to the calling, he eventually became a witness of Christ not just in the western and southern parts of China, but throughout China and in the nations beyond China as well.

Brother Yun was born into a poor family. His family’s financial situation took a turn for the worst when his father became ill with an asthmatic condition that led to lung cancer eventually. His life got worse when he became a Christian as he suffered severe trials and persecutions. In the midst of suffering for the Lord, however, he experienced miracle after miracle, which helped to strengthen his faith.

How Brother Yun became a believer

In 1974, Brother Yun’s father became ill with lung cancer. His mother, who had been a Christian for many years but had become spiritually cold after the expulsion of Western missionaries during the Cultural Revolution, felt a deep sense of desperation because if her husband had died then, it would leave the family in dire straits. She thought of committing suicide. One evening, as she was lying in bed, she heard a voice saying to her that Jesus loved her. In tears and in repentance, she rededicated her life to God and gathered her family to pray for her husband. The next morning, her husband got better and as a result, everyone in the family, including Brother Yun, put their faith in God.

His hunger for the Word of God

Brother Yun was 16 when he became a Christian. Soon after, he started hungering for the Word of God. However, his family did not have a Bible. He began asking his mother who Jesus was. In response, his mother would tell him that Jesus was the Son of God and that He had recorded all His teachings in the Bible.

Brother Yun wanted a Bible and his mother recalled that there was a man in another village who had one. So she brought him to see the man. The man was too afraid to show Brother Yun his Bible. So he suggested to the latter that he could pray and ask God for one.

Brother Yun decided to fast and pray for a Bible. For the next 100 days, he ate only one bowl of steamed rice everyday. One day at 4am, after fasting for 100 days, he saw a vision. In the vision, he was walking up a steep hill and trying to push a heavy cart at the same time. He was heading towards a village where he intended to beg for food for his family. He struggled greatly as he continued his climb uphill. The cart was about to roll back and fall on him when he saw three men walking down the hill in the opposite direction. One of them was a kind old man and he was pulling a large cart of fresh bread. When the old man saw Brother Yun, he asked him if he was hungry. He said ‘yes’ and started crying. The old man then took a red bag of bread from his cart and asked his two servants to give it to Brother Yun. As he put the bread into his mouth, it immediately turned into a Bible.

Upon waking up, Brother Yun began to search for the Bible. His search, however, was in vain. All of a sudden, he heard a faint knock on the door and someone was calling out his name. Immediately, he recognised the voice – it was the same voice he had heard in the vision. He quickly opened the door and standing before him were the two servants he had seen in the vision. One of them held a red bag in his hand. In this red bag was a Bible.

Brother Yun Preaching

Brother Yun Preaching

It was later that Brother Yun found out the names of the two men. One was Brother Wang while the other was Brother Sung. They were sent by an evangelist to give Brother Yun the Bible. The evangelist, who had suffered terribly during the Cultural Revolution and had nearly died while being tortured, had received a vision from God. In the vision, God showed him Brother Yun’s house and the location of his village. He was asked to give his Bible to Brother Yun. However, he did not obey God until three months later.

Brother Yun began to devour the Word of God. Even though he could hardly read, this did not deter him at all. When he had finished reading the entire Bible, he started to memorise one chapter per day. In 28 days, he had memorised the Gospel of Matthew. Then he went on to memorise the Book of Acts and so forth.

Obedient to the call of God

One morning at 4am, Brother Yun had a dream. In the dream, God asked him to be His witness in the west and south. In the same dream, he saw a young man from the south coming to his house. And so at daybreak, he told his mother to expect the young man’s visit and to ask him to wait for him. Then he sat off to a village he had never heard of in the west. The people in this village had been praying for him to visit as they had heard about how he had prayed for a Bible and got it.

When the meeting at the village concluded and Brother Yun got ready to leave, the villagers refused to let him go. So he stayed on and recited to them the first twelve chapters from the Book of Acts. After that, the villagers finally let him go. From the village to his house, it could take up to 2 hours to walk. Because he did not want to make the young man from the south wait too long, he decided to run home. All of a sudden, he found himself entering his village without any apparent time lapse. What should have taken him a few hours took him just a few moments. It was as if God had supernaturally transported him back to his village.

Persecutions and miracles in his life

Brother Yun was arrested by security police numerous times and was thrown into prison three times for sharing the gospel in communist China.

When Brother Yun was arrested the first time, he was only 17 years old. At that time, he was ministering at a meeting far away from home. After he was caught, he was thrown into a freezing cold prison cell. There was no heat in the cell and his winter coat had been thrown into the snow by the security police who had caught him. He began to sing Psalm 150 aloud. The more he sang, the more he was filled with joy. Gradually, his frozen hands and feet regained feeling and he no longer felt cold.

During his first imprisonment in Nanyang, Brother Yun felt that God wanted him to fast without food and water until he could see his family again. This fast lasted 74 days, which was humanly impossible but yet was made possible because he chose to obey God.

During those times when Brother Yun was in the hands of government officials, he was repeatedly beaten and tortured with electric batons. He was also kicked and trampled upon. Furthermore, he had needles being jabbed underneath his fingernails.

Once, Brother Yun was paraded through the streets with a red cross tied behind him for half a day. When night fell, he was locked and left alone inside a large interrogation room. The wooden cross was taken off his back but his hands were still tied up. All of a sudden, the rope that was used to tie his hands snapped by itself. He immediately walked out of the interrogation room and walked through the courtyard in the midst of onlookers. Nobody stopped him or said anything to him. It was as if God had blinded their eyes and they did not even recognise who he was.

Because the front gate was locked, the only way Brother Yun could get out was to climb over an eight-foot high cement wall. He climbed up as much as he could manage. Then he looked over the wall and saw that there was a ten-foot wide open tank directly below. Suddenly, he felt as if someone had lifted him up and thrown him over. He was thrown so far that he did not land in the tank.

Brother Yun’s 3rd imprisonment was a very dark period in his life as the prison guards in the maximum security prison were determined to prevent his escape. So they beat his legs to cripple him permanently. They had him beaten up everyday, even in his crippled state. One day, God instructed him to escape from the prison. This was confirmed by a brother-in-Christ. Thus, on May 5, 1997, he miraculously walked past dozens of prison guards and out of the maximum security prison. It was as if he had become invisible to the guards. He did not realise that his legs had been miraculously healed until later.

Throughout all the horrendous and painful experiences that Brother Yun went through, the word of the Lord kept coming to him, encouraging him and strengthening his faith.

Brother Yun’s ministry

Brother Yun eventually escaped China and sought asylum in Germany in 2001. Since then, he has been continuing his ministry from there and has spoken to congregations internationally. He has founded “Back to Jerusalem” Movement and has been sending missionaries out from China to share the gospel in the least-reached nations.

Brother Yun’s life and ministry have impacted many lives. Thousands of people have become Christians through his ministry. It is thus inevitable that fellow Christians have allowed themselves to be used as instruments of wickedness to attack his reputation. The co-author of The Heavenly Man, Paul Hattaway has aptly put it this way, “Many of the great Christian leaders throughout history have been the subject of brutal attacks from other Christians.”


Brother Yun’s childlike faith and his prompt obedience to God’s call are exemplary. It is incredible that he has remained faithful to God despite the tremendous suffering and persecutions he has gone through.




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  1. Lithiqitius

    Brother Yun is who I aspire to be like. His righteous and humble acts are what I believe to be the Christ-like way.

    • David Stuchly

      Thank you for the inspiration while I was in jail. To help me see there is a better way, I still forget sometimes but am trying my best.

  2. Maricris

    Good evening, i red the book The Heavenly man and it helped me a lot in my ministry as a young church leader. God let me realised that the sufferings or should i say self made sufferings are not really the sufferings God wants me to face. If i’m gonna look on how bro yun lived his life for God’s kingdom i feel so ashamed and it made me think if i’m really a christian. I wanna read this book over and over again and even i am planning to translate it into tagalog since i am from the philippines because i really wanted my brothers and sisters here also be able to read bro yun’s faith. When i was reading this book i was thinking that if i will be given an opportunity to meet this heavenly man i will be so much grateful to the Lord and will not let it be wasted. Thank you very much po.

  3. Kimberly

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It was a great inspiration to fellow christians to be humbled. Such a great example to live a holy & dedicated life for Jesus. God bless you in your ministry!

  4. Mayra Alvarez

    Al leer esta hermosa Historia, Dios me confronta y reta a ir mas aya, en México tenemos biblias,audios,Internet,iglesias,y después de ver todo lo limitado para El hermano Yun, lamento no haber valorado la Bendición de tener mi biblia, mi compromiso se ha renovado y avivado todo mi ser a servir y amar a Dios en otro nivel.

  5. Donna Hazelton

    Amazing and very inspirational! Thank you for posting.

  6. Dr Nikhil Benjamin Sangma

    I am so blessed to go through the real true story of brother Yun may God bless him I wish he should come to India

  7. Shobha Michael

    An exemplary man to all Christian believers praise be to our heavenly God

  8. Uttam Mollick

    Please Pray for our Nations Bangladesh. Save our nation.

    Pastor and Evangelist Uttam Mollik

  9. Primrose W Kalalau

    Wow a true man of God beautiful testimony God bless him

  10. Darcy Gibbins

    reading the book a second time, so many confirmations and definitely a faith builder to read about a true brother walking the walk despite incredible opposition, If you haven’t read it, get a copy and when you do read it give it away to someone!!!! to God be the glory!!!!!!

    • Jayanthi

      Brother Yun’s life is an encouraging testimony to all of us. This is the one book that brought tears in my eyes for several days and brought passion for God’s word.Glory be to God.

  11. Ikechukwu c ike

    Indeed GOD is very great & faithful in the past, now & forevermore. sincerely I’m very much impacted & I pray for such kind of grace & heart for GOD to be able to run this race of eternity effectively & make it in heaven at last in JESUS name Amen. greater grace from GOD to our brother yun in JESUS name Amen.

  12. Howard

    Wow, very humbling and at the same time inspiring. God can do amazing things if we trust and believe in him. Let me not complain my God…its cant help but feel small after reading this.

  13. Chong Ge Mua

    I Thanks God for the Maracle God gave to Brother Yun and another name is Heavenly man. When I Readed His Book, is encourage my faith more than the past. I not fear the man, but trust in God.

  14. Frank Unpingco

    Incredible, I feel so little. I wish I had his commitment,he is an inspiration

  15. Edna Folley

    A few years ago my husband, Roy and I decided to read the Heavenly Man. It really changed our lives. We now believe in the power and authority we walk in through the Holy Spirit.

    • Uttam Mollick

      Greetings in the name of Christ from Bangladesh. I am reading the book now. My nations still don’t know who is Jesus. Please pray for our unsaved nation. I am getting encouragement from this book. we need prayer for Bangladesh. Pray for our ministry and house Chruch of Reflection Bangladesh.

      love in Christ
      Evangelist and Pastor Uttam Mollick

  16. Mfumu


  17. carmen zapata

    Wow your brief testimony made me hungry for more.I’m so glad I read this posting and that you will be in Va. this week end.Planning to attend to hear more as I am going through another difficult situation at this time, but nothing compared to all you’ve been through.May the Lord continue to use you to expand His Kingdom.Blessings


    I also fully agree that truly this is a Man Of God form Heaven. Amen

  19. tin tin

    it’s very wonderfull story this is a insparational for me i remember my past experiens :)) good servant

  20. Joan Wray

    The book “The Heavenly Man” has shown me that with God , All things are Possible!
    and to not fear man, but to trust in God.

  21. rochel

    Your life testimony gives me courage to seek the Lord more in my life, May God bless you Brother Yun..God is great.

  22. Max


  23. Loki Amaterasu

    The story really shook my faith. I am so glad that I read this book when I did.

  24. nellyguz

    Truly blessed hearing you preach this morning. I am so proud to belong to the family of our Lord Jesus and knowing we have Brothers life yourself, courageous and suffering for the name of our Jesus Christ, He has kept you brave and all the
    Golliaths have been shattered. Praise praise the Lord almightly. May you continue to be this giant in Christs kingdom.

  25. Robert Mapiye

    First time I read about brother Yun in 1996 from the book lilies amongst thorns. I prayed for him very earnestly. Praise the Lord, he is now out of that trouble. Pray for me also I am in similar situation but not as sever as this mighty man of God. Praise the Lord amen.

  26. mariacamilleri

    im reading this book for the second time. God is great!

  27. Mary Catherine Mann

    I just loved this story! Our God is SUPERNATURAL!! I heard this story at a meeting and it touched me so much. In my pit I will praise HIM!

  28. sandeep kaur

    this brother is a true man of god.

  29. GIDEON

    Very encouraging to say the least also , it humbled me as sometimes I complain about my lot.
    I realise these type of christians are a rare breed. I wish I could be even a little like this great saint of God.

    • Charles

      This does no justice you have to read the hevenly man to see the real picture it truly touched my life.

      • Autumn

        I agree!!!
        The book is so good!

    • Abigail

      hallelujah to our god Yeshua



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