I first joined the ushering ministry in Hope Church about 8-9 years ago. During that time, I did not understand the true meaning of serving because I was still a young believer and was unsure of what I was doing. I just followed my leader and everyone else in the group. At that time, Sunday Service was held at UQ in St Lucia campus. As I was not a fan of driving, it was definitely stretching in terms of my physical and emotional limits, as it meant that I was needing to drive long distances every week. As time went by, I started to lose my interest and motivation in terms of serving in the ushering ministry. A few years later, it reached the point where I decided to step down from the ministry and out of Hope Church, to another Christian church, due to various personal reasons.

By God’s grace and love, my spiritual mentor never gave up on me. She talked to me and encouraged me to draw close to God in different ways. By the end of 2016, after a few huge incidents in my life, I decided to come back to Hope Church again. I thank God for all the loving people in Hope Church and for giving me another chance to serve in God’s house again. Therefore, I made a vow to God in 2017 to commit to ushering ministry without giving up easily.

In January 2019, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and started learning to lead an ushering team. This journey has been a challenge. At times it even stretched my limitations and patience. I thank God that the ushering ministry leader was very patient and she guided me through the leadership role. Occasionally, I still doubt my leadership skills, but God always encourages and assures me to have courage to lead by God’s love and not on my own.

Since coming back to serve in God’s house, I understand more about the meaning of my commitment to God. It is surely a blessing and privilege to serve in God’s kingdom because God gradually shapes my character and helps me grow deeper in faith through serving.

Thank God for changing me through this scripture when I served in different seasons, especially in times when I faced spiritual battles. Without God, I definitely cannot grow to where I am now.

Colossians 3:23, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Nicole Chow
Registered Nurse
Elevate W1, Hope Church Willawong

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