I came from a family with a history of depression, so I grew up around pessimism, hopelessness and not wanting to be alive. Despite being the youngest, I often had to be the anchor of the family. Having to handle hurtful words from family members plagued with this illness since young, on top of pressures and expectations, I just found life not worth living and rather die than live.

I hit an all-time low around August 2012. I would start crying for no reason, for days at times. I did not want to leave the house. I did not want to talk to anyone, because it just took too much energy. I was massively plagued by thoughts of death and ending my life.

One Sunday in September 2012, I knelt before God at the altar at the end of it all. I was at the tipping point of a downward spiral, either headed to insanity or killing myself. On that day, I experienced God’s mighty love and saving power, and He set me free from depression. I could literally feel the chains of depression falling off me at that very instant and His freedom just filled me right through. I was set free by God!

The story did not end there even though I was doing well over the next few months. In October 2013, different life pressures started taking a toll on me and I fell into a deeper grave than I had been before. This time, beyond not wanting to be alive, I started mapping out realistic plans on how to end my life. I also found myself constantly breaking down and having panic attacks. One Sunday, I was driving back home alone when I almost drove into the river, simply because I wanted to. There were days when I was afraid of entering the kitchen, because I knew that I could easily pick up a knife and cut myself without feeling anything. I thank God now for not allowing any of that to happen.

Even after being set free, learning to maintain this freedom was a journey itself. Through this whole journey, I learnt that only God could truly set someone free from the grasps of depression and suicide. John 8:32 says, “then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” God had set me free completely, but because I did not fully know His truth, I allowed the devil to deceive me into thinking that I was not completely free from depression and suicide.

Today, I am still alive, and I write this testimony as one who is set free in Christ. I now know that when God sets someone free from a bondage, sin or disease, that person is free indeed. Today, I live in freedom, no longer as one bound by chains of depression or suicide, but as one who has been freed and unleashed to take the world by storm. I know that Jesus has saved me and now I am free to pursue all that He has called me to!

Who the Son sets free is free indeed!

Jessica Huang
Church Staff

Uni-Generation UQ 9, St Lucia Afternoon Service

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NORMAL PRICING

WA, NZ & International

Adults / Youth (13 - 17 years) / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $149

QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA

Adults - $179
Youth (13 - 17 years) - $159
Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $179

What's included in your Registration?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee each day
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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SPECIAL OFFER

$109 (ends 30 November)

Adults / Youth / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4)

What's included in your Registration?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee each day
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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KIDS CONFERENCE

PRICE

$15 (without meal)
$55 (with 3 lunches and 2 dinners)

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PROGRAM

Thursday, 5 July

Registration: 8:30am
Session 1: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 2: 11:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:00pm
Free Time: 3:00pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 3: 6:00pm

Friday, 6 July

Session 4: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 5: 11:00am (demographic spheres)
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:30pm (optional)
Free Time: 2:45pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 6: 6:00pm (Missions)

Saturday, 7 July

Session 7: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 8: 11:20am
Closing: 12:05pm
Lunch: 12:20pm

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TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

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Please book your flights to leave Brisbane after 5pm.

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Breakout & Demographics Spheres

Day 1 / Breakout Topics

/ Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour

/ Enjoying Parenting Babies

/ Handling Peer Pressure

/ Sharing Hope in Crisis

/ Speaking Truth in Love in light of Same-Sex Marriage

/ Apologetics

/ Simplify Your Life for the Gospel

/ Discipling Millennnials

Day 2 / Demographic Spheres

/ Family - Getting Real about Marriage

/ Working Adults - The Ministry of Work

/ Students - Missions at Tough Places

/ Youth - Ready to Soar at your Next Life Station

Day 2 / Breakout Topics (Optional)

/ I want to communicate God's Word to others in a helpful way

/ I want to finance God's kingdom (working adults)

/ I want to raise godly children (families)

/ I want to help someone out of addiction

/ I want to reach communities

/ I want to reach out to my colleagues (working adults)

/ I want to reach out through creative medium

/ I want to reach out to my parents/siblings.

This session is to provide the avenue for people who are passionate about living out love on a particular frontline, to come together and exchange practical ideas of doing it personally or together.

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RAVI SUNDAR

Rev. D. Ravi Sundar is a leader with zeal, committed to God-given vision and founded Shalom Church in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2001. Pastor Ravi is a well-known and well-respected preacher who has traveled to over 16 nations declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ in Churches, sharing principles of leadership at Seminars, encouraging pastors conducting prayer drives and planted 76 churches across the countries Sri Lanka, Fiji and Philippines.

A shepherd at heart, he identifies and understands the challenges of pastoral ministry and makes every effort to uplift pastors and their families. He strongly believes that Church must make an impact on society. The ministry of Pastor Ravi reaches to thousands of people across India and his messages are a blessing to the sick, the brokenhearted and to those who are helpless.

 

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SIMON ENG

Pastor Simon Eng graduated as a Civil Engineer from Melbourne, Australia. In 1992, together with a team, they pioneered Hope Kuching and the church has successfully produced many leaders and pioneers to this day. In 2001, Pastor Simon and family moved back to Kuala Lumpur to be the Senior Pastor of Hope Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Simon is currently also the President of Hope International Ministries. He travels extensively to minister to various regional churches of Hope. He loves to build God’s people and is actively serving to fulfill God’s Great Commission.

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WILSON LIM

Pastor Wilson Lim is the founding and senior pastor for Hope Church in Brisbane and also serves as an Elder with Hope International Ministries. He was a former research scientist with CSIRO. Pastor Wilson also serves on the Board of a community services organization, Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS) and previously on an interdenominational Bible college. He is recognised for his balanced, in-depth teaching and engaging-style of expository preaching. His passion is teaching, equipping leaders and building the church.  He travels extensively to minister to HIM churches in different parts of the world.

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