This is Patrice. He was my leader from Hope church. Though it has been almost 3 years since he left Hope, we still make effort to keep in touch.
We had dinner last night and whenever I think of him or meet him, the memories of our times together serving comes flashing naturally. I truly enjoyed those times of serving under his leadership. However, things happened and changed.
Looking back from where I am now, I know somehow it was God’s will for me. The period of shaking off the dust of that episode has built His word deep in me and refined my heart with God as His servant.
Somehow the cascading affects of the change worked to His purpose in allowing those trials to train me as His leader. Now I can dare to say (with His grace) that even if no one else would be serving God around me, I will still choose to serve Him. My motivation is no longer determined by the approval of others or by any title like CL, shepherd or whatever L… I am a Christian and I follow Christ. I obey His word. That simple.
Till now I love this brother and have this deep respect for him. Back then, he looked beyond my appearance and background, and believed in me. He saw enough to see what God could do through me and discipled me.
So a large part of who am I today is because of his impact in my life.
Thank you Patrice =)
Another faith-related experience…
As the ‘dust’ of the closure of the Breakthrough campaign settles, I realised how God has shown Himself faithful to me in terms of my personal pledge.
When the campaign intially begun, I remember I struggled with the amount (not much lar…) that I was led by HS to pledge. That time I was earning a mediocre income with a charity organisation (I won’t say the name =p), so it was difficult.
However, God reminded me about having faith in Him in regards to my financial situation; to see beyond the present and what He could do to allow me to give to Him. That gave me confidence that for the next 20 months, He will increase my income in order to give Him. So in faith, I decided to give whatever little/much to Him.
Now after 20 months, I calculated. My present income has increased by 50%. Wow… God is faithful and true to His word.
And just in case… I am not earning alot now ya… it was because my previous salary is low. Ha ha…
Last night was missions prayer nite with a small group of brothers and sisters. We prayed for Hope Rome and Hope HCMC. It was soul refreshing!
1. Sessions such as this never fails to overwhelm me with God’s love and draw me closer to Him and His will. It is amazing how tangible God and His love is as we engage with Him through earnest prayers over other people.
2. Being involved in this prayer group itself is part of my remarkable journey with God in regards to HCMC since 5 years ago. Though not clear how or where my involvement in this mission prayer group will lead me, but by faith I will go cos I am sure He has something instore. I truly believe.
I do believe that becos I have seen and experienced how from nothing in 2002- no direction; no team; no opportunities, He has brought me to have something now- hope and future to His vision.
When we fail, it is not due to any deficiency on God’s part, but on ours. Because we are slow to appropriate God’s power in our lives.
These are my two beloved nieces, Jacklyn and Jamie =)
And here’s why I just adore them.
Watch the clip and see the make-funny-face dance…
Had a chance to catch up with my ex-colleagues from the Handicap Welfare Association (HWA) a few days ago.
We most definitely had a hearty time eating and catching up…
Personally my 2 years at HWA has helped me much in working within corporate culture of an organisation. Especially in terms of “CC”- cover cacheng =p
Being a upfront and direct person, I had difficulty adapting to that sort of culture. However, thankfully there were colleagues who were geniune in their friendships.
And I thank God for them!
Starting from the left, presenting: Bessie, Gladys, Stephanie, Cassandra and me.
And not to forget my HWA buddy…. Beng Choon (below).
This is one great guy, friend and bro-in-Christ. Only thing is that he always think he handsome. Ha ha…
I think American Idol ex-contestant, Sanjaya Malakar also more handsome than him =p
On a serious note, Beng Choon has been one great blessing from God and I was privileged to witness how he eventually came to know God personally during my 2 years at HWA. And it was interesting that he kept an email correspondence that we shared then. Read here>>>
After reading it, I am thankful how God has brought us this far as friends =)
Finally, we’ve MADE it! Hope Church Singapore is debt-free!
I can recall when we first embarked on this Building Fund journey, we didn’t meet the initial target of payment in 2002. I was disappointed then, and I believe with many others too.
That time I was very sure then that we were able to meet the target, given the number of people we had and estimating the gross average individual income. And with His word assuring me (2 Corinthians 2:14) that we would triumph.
I thought we would have made it. But we didn’t.
In retrospect, I believe out of His wisdom, God didn’t allow us to make it then. Why? Probably He wanted us to fully rely and trust in Him as His Church, and not rely on our own strength or possessions only.
Now His word has been fulfilled, in His timing. Glory be to God! =)