Homesick is a true story written by the author of “From Death to Life” Zhang, Ruo-Ming

▲ The author Ruo-Ming Zhang played as prison officer in the film

”Going Home” was an unobtainable luxury thought for me thirteen years ago. After many years of sitting behind bars, I decided to embark on the path of the cross to follow Christ. When I stepped outside the Taitung Prison, I called home with shaky hands, and told my father, “I want to come home.” From the other end my father replied, “Your mother and I have already gotten used to life without you these past twenty years; find somewhere else to go and don’t come back!” Going home became an unattainable luxury. 

Throughout my days in the Transitional House, I was broken down, rebuilt, and became a new person. I mended my relationship with my parents, re-joined society and have never left my parents and my home since.       

▲Ruo-Ming’s father wrote down the title (I want to go home) for “Homesick”

I finished the book, “From Death to Life” in two years but I couldn’t find one publisher. I knelt down and prayed to God. Finally, a Taiwanese Grace Fellowship from USA sponsored the funding so that it is published in 2017.       

This book then was chosen by a Northern Californian director and commissioned into a short film. The director flew to Taiwan with a professional film crew that once worked with famous singer Jam Hsiao, along with a sound recorder from Hollywood.     

The producer called me from the United States, hoping that my father would write the title in calligraphy for the film. Though he broke his right hand and that his skills have extremely declined. After much encouragement and fervent prayer, he finally agreed to it and this one was chosen as the final version, it truly is the Lord’s grace and beauty for my entire family to testify his love.

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time” – ​ 2 Timothy 1:9

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