A few years back, I completed my A-levels in Singapore and upon receiving my results, I realised I did not do well enough to get into the course I wanted in Singapore’s Universities. At that time, I felt demoralised as my idea of God was that he would answer my prayers no matter what. So, I applied to study in Australia instead and got accepted into UQ. I was hesitant about going overseas to study as I had many fears. How will I know what to do? What if I can’t make any friends? I only got my acceptance in June and have to leave in July; What if I am not emotionally, mentally or physically prepared to go to Brisbane? However, God put all my worries to rest. 

I found out I had a childhood friend that had just graduated from UQ (I had no idea she even went to UQ), and she started telling me all about UQ and even helped me with the application process. She gave recommendations on where to stay, where to get groceries, which telco to use etc. She even recommended me to attend Hope Church. 

I also found a mutual friend who was going to UQ as well. This definitely made me more comfortable as I knew I was not alone, and I already had a friend. 

A few months prior, I turned down a trip to the UK with my cousins as I felt God prompted me not to go. God only revealed to me when I was preparing to come to UQ that the reason for that prompting was to have enough time to prepare for UQ. The shocking part was that he gave me this prompting before my A-level results were out. This shows me that God knew the plans he had for me in advance! God was also able to give me the exact answers I needed to calm my nerves about going to Brisbane. 

I thank God that he brought me to Brisbane as it was here that I grew to know him and his Word better. I found a wonderful community in UQ3 and even got baptised here. This journey of coming to Brisbane really helped me realise that God is always there for us, and He will never leave nor forsake us. Sometimes he does not answer our prayers because he has better things in store for us. 

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Debbie Chow
Bachelor of Psychology
UniGen UQ3, Hope Church St Lucia