How did the big snowstorms affect you? The snowfalls were really heavy, and they lasted such a long time. There were only three of us at home: my wife, my five-year-old grandchild and me. We did nothing except huddle around a coal stove and watch TV, but sometimes there were blackouts. The snow snapped and toppled my bamboo plants and the damaged bamboo is only good for firewood if I don't sell it. But even if I manage to sell the plants, the price will be extremely low. Did your family come back for the Lunar New Year holiday? No. My younger son planned to return home but was stranded in Guangzhou railway station on February 2. In Revelations, God says that if you cannot go, then don't go. I called my son, asking him to obey government orders and go back to his factory to avoid any danger. Later, he asked for a refund for his ticket. My daughter and son-in-law did not plan to come home for the spring festival anyway. What do your son and daughter do in Guangzhou? I have two sons and one daughter. The oldest son sells freshwater fish in Yueyang and my younger son started work as a mechanic in a printing factory in Guangzhou last year. My daughter and her husband run a small restaurant in Dongguan . They are too busy to look after their child because they usually work from 10am to midnight or even later. My granddaughter lived in Guangzhou for half a year but they sent her back last year. Do they make good money in Guangzhou? I don't know, actually. My daughter gives me 2,000 yuan each year for looking after her child. But you know, besides 1,100 yuan tuition fees for kindergarten, there are still various fees I have to pay for her. In rural areas, supporting children so they can study is a heavy burden. My granddaughter will go to primary school soon and I am really worried. Isn't it free in your area? Absolutely not. Central government policies are good, but they are distorted by local governments and schools. Rural children cannot afford to go to school. I know the parents of one child in grade three who were asked by the school to pay various fees on top of the tuition charges. The school needed to mend the windows and charged every student 10 yuan to help pay for the repair work, but actually they already had new windows. The school also asked children to pay for other things such as brooms and firewood. What's more, they sell exam papers for 40 yuan per copy and holiday exercise books for 5 yuan each. There's a big cross and the character for 'love' pasted on your walls instead of Chairman Mao's image or an ancestral memorial tablet. When did you become a Christian? It was in 2001, when my daughter, Chen Yunna, almost died from liver disease. Her skin turned yellow and her belly swelled like a watermelon. Her weight drastically dropped to 40kg from 65kg before she fell ill. At first, she was treated in a local hospital, but later, we were forced to transfer her to a hospital in Yueyang. But all the treatment failed to have an effect and my daughter stopped eating, so the doctors asked us to either transfer her to a Changsha hospital or prepare for a funeral. What happened? We ran out of money and borrowed a big sum from relatives. I could not watch my daughter die. I had to try everything to save her. We resorted to a 'Sanma', an elderly woman who is believed to have magical powers and to know everything from heaven to hell. She told me that my daughter was doomed to die because the devil had taken her soul. My sister, who has faith in God, came to me. She cried before God and told him her niece was dying. God told her that if we all have faith in him, my daughter could be saved. To our surprise, one Sunday, my sister prayed and the next day, my daughter opened her eyes and asked for food. Her mother was really scared, because in rural areas, people say that when somebody is dying, he or she returns to normal for a while. My wife thought that was a sign and she cried. My daughter comforted her, saying: 'Mother, I am okay. Please don't cry. I will not die'. A few days later, my daughter really recovered. It was magic and we all believe it was God who protected her. As a Christian in a remote rural area, what do you usually do? We go to a local church every Sunday. Because prayers start at 8am, we leave home at 5am. On holidays like Christmas Day and Easter, we perform on stage, dancing and singing. There were only six or seven Christians when we joined the church, but now the number has grown to nearly 130. Most of the people have suffered from illness, disaster or family conflicts and now they are okay.