A pastor gathered 25 women in China and asked Louisa Vaughn to teach them. She assumed they all could read at least a little, but as she talked with them, her hopes died. They did not know even one language character and had been taught from childhood that they had no brains.
Very discouraged, Louisa thought, How can these women be taught? Their minds are wholly undeveloped and they have no wish to improve. As she prayed, a question came to her heart: "Where is your faith in God?"
She thought of the words: "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." She dropped to her knees and asked God to show her what that passage meant.
Like a flash came these two promises: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14 KJV).
Her burden rolled away as she realized the Omnipotent God had promised to do whatever she asked. Confident that He would fulfill His promise, she went back to class and taught them this prayer: "Heavenly Father, forgive my sins, cleanse me from them in the precious blood of Christ, and fill me with the Holy Spirit; I ask in Jesus' name."
The first day went slowly as the women tried to learn this very simple petition. But the second afternoon while they were on their knees repeating together the little prayer, one of the women began to weep confessing her sins. She asked that she might be forgiven and that the Holy Spirit would come into her heart. In the next few days each of the women had a similar experience.
Louisa held 50 to 60 of these classes in China during the next ten years, and she did not know of one woman who left her classes unsaved.
"I pray...that you may know...his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead" (Ephesians 1:18-20).