I remember when I was in Primary school, we would have Religious Education classes. That is where I first heard bible stories. At the time, I was amazed at the miracles that happened in those stories. One particular story that I remember is the one where Jesus feeds 5000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish!

When I got into High School, I attended a private Christian school. My parents are not religious, but thought that this school will provide a better environment for my studies. Every week we would have chapel service at school, where we would sing hymn songs and our school Pastor would preach the teachings for the week. The pastor would give real life examples and experiences, which makes it much easier to understand and apply in everyday situations. I am very grateful to have been guided by the school pastor during my teenage years as we prepared to leave high school.

After graduating high school, I entered University. By chance (or maybe by God’s plan), there were some Christians amongst my friends. I was not aware of this until I encountered some emotional problems and 2 of my Christian friends approached me, spent time with me and even invited me to some youth group gatherings like BBQs, lunch and movie events.

When I was in my final year of University, I became friends with Karen. We were introduced to each other on the train by a mutual friend. We hit it off straight away and became quite close. Karen is a Christian. Through the years, she has attempted to convert me to become a Christian by inviting me to church, telling me stories and testimonies etc. But every time, I always push back. I did not have the desire or interest at all. It’s not that I didn’t believe that God exists, but I guess I didn’t know or understand too much about Christianity. But despite this, Karen never gave up and continued to persevere.

In 2016, I went through a life changing event. I had never felt so lost and useless. I was feeling hopeless and tired of everything. Karen encouraged me to go to church with her. I agreed and we made it a routine to go to church every Sunday morning and have brunch afterwards. This became the norm and I really enjoyed this time together with Karen. We grew closer and closer, and at the same time, I got to know God more. I found new hope and faith and my life improved. I was no longer worried or anxious about the future.

In the beginning of 2017, I started coming to Hope Church and met a lot of nice people. Friendships formed and relationships are made. I accepted Christ in April 2017 and had my Water Baptism in December 2018! And of course, my dear friend Karen witnessed this and shed tears of joy!

Thinking back to all these years, I realised that at every stage of my life, God planted people in my path who were Christians to help me know him better and to lead me to him.

“God is with you – wherever you may go and no matter what life brings” – Joshua 1:9

Monica Wai