從1998－2005年，上帝給我機會在南京金陵協和神學院(Nanjing Union Theological Seminary) 接受學習裝備。在那裏，我遇見裴斐（Dr. Faye Pearson）傳教士，她對我侍奉的生命影響巨大。學習滿7年後，我返回到家鄉黑龍江。
從2005－2008年，我在黑龍江省聖經專科學校(Heilongjiang Bible School)任教三年。
來奧克拉荷馬城後的第二天，我找到了三一華語浸信會(Trinity Chinese Baptist Church)，並受到了那裏愛主的弟兄姐妹熱情的接待和幫助。不久，林彬牧師為我受了浸水禮，使我正式加入浸信教會。
到今年八月份我來奧克拉荷馬城已滿4年了。在過去的4年裏，我經曆到上帝的信實和豐富的恩典。上帝供應了我一切所需的，並藉著許多弟兄姐妹幫助我完成了奧克河馬城市大學(Oklahoma City University)為期兩年的學習。更重要的是，在完成學業之後，上帝又呼召我，給我力量和智慧開始了一間新的華人教會，西北國語教會(Northwest Mandarin Church)。我正在靠著聖靈的大能竭力牧養這間教會，帶領更多人進入上帝的國度。
The Testimony on My Ordination of July 1, 2012
Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters in the LORD,
Today is the day that we can bring all the glories to the LORD;
Today is the day that we can witness how our dear LORD changed a person’s life and called him to serve Him;
Today is the day that we can celebrate the LORD’s victory because God touched a person’s heart and let him be submitted to Him totally.
Around thirty-five years ago, I, Li Chunhai was born in a small village, Yong Li Village, Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province, Mainland China. I grew up in a very poor family; my parents were farmers; I have one older sister and one older brother. My mom told me when I was born, my heart was enlarged. It was very hard for me to breathe. The doctor advised my mom to throw me away because I would bring hardship to our whole family. However, due to the love of my parents, mom tried her best to feed me and take care of me, I survived, and later I went to school.
At the age of 15, just as the doctor had told my mom, I became seriously ill. My heart was one third larger the size of a normal heart. This condition caused the break-down of other organs in my body. My whole body began to swell. The doctors said that I would die soon; he gave the family no hope for my recovery.
In 1990, my mother and my oldest sister became Christians. They shared the gospel with me, but I couldn’t accept Jesus as my Savior because, like all children in the schools of China, I had been taught to believe in atheism, which means we don’t believe in God or any gods. All what we are supposed to believe is ourselves.
I felt like I was a burden to my family and there was little hope of my recovery, and I felt very desperate. One night, I made the decision to kill myself. I got up and went out in the yard where there was a well. I planned to drown myself in the well. I was sitting there, and suddenly I heard a clock strike twelve times. Even today, I do not know where the sound came from, but I do know God used the striking of the clock to wake me up. A familiar song came to my mind, “Lo, a great number of people are walking on the road to heaven. Wake up! Wake up!” The Holy Spirit began to open my spirit and my mind. I left the well and went back in the house. And I knelt down and gave myself to the LORD, “God, if you are the true God, rescue me from this situation. Please heal me. If You heal me, I will serve You all my life. If You do not want to heal me, please take me to heaven soon.” Later the miracle happened. Jesus healed me through His power. I was saved. Surely, Jesus healed me physically and spiritually. In the bottom of my heart, I realized that I was a sinner and needed Jesus as my Savior.
I knew later that when I was sick, my mother committed me totally to the Lord. She prayed, “Lord, if you heal my son, I will let him serve You and witness to Your name throughout the world.” Mom’s prayer was fulfilled by the LORD and today I am serving in America as the request of mom’s prayer.
In the meanwhile, God called me to serve Him. He told me that the purpose of my life is to serve Him and tell others about Jesus. I followed His calling and would serve Him with my whole life.
From 1993 to 1998, I prepared myself with basic knowledge and learned how to serve and preach at my hometown church.
From 1998 to 2005, God gave me opportunity to study at Nanjing Theological Seminary. It was there where I met Dr. Faye Pearson, who was the missionary and impacted my life deeply. After seven years’ study, I went back to my hometown province Heilongjiang.
From 2005 to 2008, I taught at Heilongjiang Bible College for three years.
In October of 2006 I had another vision. In the vision, God promised that I would come to America for study and for serving the LORD. I couldn’t imagine this could happen because of so many difficulties ahead of me, especially my financial support. However, I’m learning to trust God. God opened every door for me, so that on August 8, 2008, the day of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, I was taking my first plane ride–across the Pacific on my way to Oklahoma. The second day when I came to Oklahoma, I went to Trinity Chinese Baptist Church; there I met a lot of very nice Christians who helped me out in so many ways. Also, I was baptized by immersion through Pastor Ted Lam and joined Southern Baptist Church officially.
So far I have been in Oklahoma four years. In the past four years, I experienced God’s faithfulness and abundant grace. God provided me everything what I need and helped me to finish my study at Oklahoma City University two years ago. Most importantly, after my graduation from school, God called me and gave me strength and wisdom to start the new church, Northwest Mandarin Church. Now I am striving to lead the church and reach more and more people for His Kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I will never forget God’s promise that when I went to the US consulate in Shenyang City to apply for a US visa, He told me: “I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared” (Ex. 23:20). God did send so many angels for helping me.
At this special moment I cannot be ungrateful to all the people who helped me and loved me unconditionally. Without you and your helps, I would never be as who I am now.
I want to say “Thank you” to my mom because she gave me to Jesus and prayed for me daily.
I want to say “Thank you” to all the people in China who brought me to Jesus, taught me, and trained me to be mature in Him.
I want to say “Thank you” to my pastor Lam, my Pastor Kirk, and my Pastor Rob because they treated me as their son in the way Paul treated Timothy.
I want to say “Thank you” to my coworkers because they put great efforts in building up Northwest Mandarin Church and hand in hand with me.
Finally, I want to say “Thank you” to everyone here. Because of you all, my life becomes much richer and more meaningful.
I humbly ask myself repeatedly, “Lord, who am I? Why do you love me so much?” I really don’t deserve your love. Today through this ordination, I am again committed myself to the LORD. My prayer is that: “Wherever you send me, I will go; whatever you command me to say, I will say.
（From Pastor Chunhai Li）