Every Sunday morning, at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Nanjing, a girl in her early 20s sits quietly in a front-row pew, listening intently to the priest. She lowers her head at times to pray, looking utterly serene.

Her name is Wu Dingjin. She is a post-graduate student at Nanjing Agricultural University in east China’s Jiangsu Province. She was an atheist up until three years ago, but says that her journey toward God has felt like a homecoming of sorts.

Confused about her life and career prospects in her sophomore year, Wu started to read the Bible late at night when others in her dormitory had fallen asleep. She says that she was surprised to find that the purity and beauty of the words could have an effect on her.

“After coming to know God, I now know that someone loves me and that the most important thing in life is not money or success, but the relationships I have with God, my family and friends,” Wu says. “I’m not afraid of the future anymore.”

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