I have never taken religion seriously since young. Back then, I had friends who would invite me to their church to know more about God, but I constantly turned them down as I did not believe in God. As time passed, I started to hate Christians because I found them irritating as they often evangelise to me on the streets. Even after graduating from university, I carried on as a person who constantly rejects God, making fun of Christian friends, and rebutting their faith towards God.

Things did not go too well when my girlfriend’s health suddenly deteriorated. She had to leave Australia and go back to Singapore for medical treatment. During that time, I decided to quit my job here and go back with her. Unfortunately, my rental lease was still in effect and I had to pay empty rent for another seven months. I had to come back to Brisbane as my savings were almost finished by paying empty rent, and I decided to find a part-time job. It was not easy as most of the places were full and did not need people. I even asked a few of my good friends for help, but they did not want to help me. I was very depressed and did not know what to do at that time. It was then when I found a note written with Bible verses and prayer notes given to me by a friend whom I met in university. Immediately after reading the verses, I felt peaceful and calm in my heart.

I wanted to know more about God, so I met up with the friend who gave me the prayer note and he brought me to lifegroup. Initially I was afraid, because I used to reject going to lifegroup and church, but I decided to go with an open heart. There I met the friendliest and most helpful people in my life. Even as a person whom they met for the first time, they knew I was going through tough times and offered to pray and help me look out for jobs. After that night, I decided to follow God and seek for His forgiveness over my past.

Not only did God forgive my sins in the past, He has also blessed me with many good things. I found a part-time job shortly and even passed my IELTS, which allowed me to apply for permanent residency. I was glad because God opened the doors to more opportunities for me to stay in Brisbane, and most importantly to continue my journey with Him here. No matter how many times I have rejected God in the past, He is forever a patient and forgiving God.

Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Cheefei Ho
Domino’s Casual Worker
Elevate S5, St Lucia Morning Service

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