A year ago I came to Australia to study for my degree. I was an atheist with a vague understanding of Christianity and believed that God was a concept that was created by people in need. Therefore, if I was not desperate or in need then there was no need for me to believe in the existence of God. However, there were times when I needed help, I would say a little prayer. I would say “God if you help me then I would believe in you.” but would never commit to my promise afterwards.

However, after joining UQ7 for a year I began to realise the power of faith and the assurance that God has provided and is still providing to the people around me. This made me more curious about who God really is and how He plays such a major role in so many people’s lives. I began to find myself yearning to fill a spiritual void within me that I didn’t even know was there. And thus began my journey of discovering God. This journey of discovery was greatly aided by the people around me especially those in my lifegroup as they were very encouraging, supportive, patient and kind.

Ultimately, the decision was mine to make but i was still uncertain. So for the first time in many years, I decided to pray with an honest heart and mind. I asked God for a sign that He was there and was watching over me. For a week I did not feel anything or notice anything different in my life. However, during Sunday service the following week, Pastor Wilson asked whether anyone wanted to accept the Lord Jesus as their saviour. At that moment, I felt as though someone was nudging me at the back of my mind, telling me that there will never be a better moment.

And so on the 13th of January 2019, I decided to accept the Lord Jesus as my saviour and my shepherd. All I can say is that I have never made a better decision in my life. Now, I find myself more at peace because I know that the Lord will always be there for me despite my many flaws and failures. Which to me is a miracle unto itself, the way which He loves us no matter how many false promises we make and no matter how many times we turn away from Him, He will always welcome us back with open arms.

1 Corinthians 13:4 -7. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Tse Ming Long