After graduation, I was faced with the same question that most international students need to consider – to stay in Australia or to go back to my home country. I prayed, “God, I want to stay, please make a way for me.” However, I was faced with a challenge as my profession is not on the migration list, and I have already missed the chance to apply for a Temporary Residence visa.

I felt as if all the doors for me to stay were closed, and for that reason I felt lost and without hope. But in the midst of it all, God reminded me of His Word – to put my faith in action and to believe that through faith we are able to do anything (Hebrews 11). Hence, I asked God, “What do you want me to put my faith in?” He said, “The promise that I have made with you that I will provide for you.” I replied, “Ok, I will trust You fully.”

Early July last year, God opened the door for me. There is a small company that was willing to hire and assist me with my visa application. However, I still needed to pass my IELTS exam. After looking at my schedule, I realised that I only had two chances to obtain a favourable IELTS result; however, the second examination date coincided with the CCM conference. Hence I prayed, “Lord, I really want to go for the conference, and it means that I will only have one chance to attempt this exam. As I trust You, please let me pass.” The results came and I managed to obtain the results that I needed! Also, the company that was willing to hire me needed to pass the audits with the Immigration Department to qualify as a sponsor. The process usually takes a month or two, but God showed me His power once again when I was granted a bridging visa within three weeks, just one day before my student visa expired.

Hence, the only thing left to do was to wait for my Permanent Residency to be granted. It seemed easy but it was not. However, as time passed and without any news about my visa, I felt the pressure from my parents. I went back to Beijing at the beginning of the year, and on February 13th, while having dinner with my parents, my father blamed me for wasting time waiting when I could have easily started work back home. I went back to my room and cried badly, “Lord, where are You? You are my only hope.” That night, God told me clearly that He is here with me, and He will give me a gift. Amazingly, on 14th February, Valentine’s Day, my Permanent Residence visa was granted!

Looking back, I realised that God was with me every step of the way; He heard all the prayers that I have made, and taught me to be patient and to wait upon Him. I want to encourage every one of you, just as the Bible says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12). Continue to trust God, as His timing is perfect. God bless.

Nicole Zhang
Graduate (Master of Applied Finance)

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