Everyone was telling me how covid affected the job market and that graduating during this pandemic was going to make it close to impossible to find a job as a teacher. I graduated in July from my Master of Teaching (Primary) and upon graduating, it was hard to land a full-time job as term 3 of school had already started. Nevertheless, I did what I could and applied to a few schools. There was a school nearby and it only takes 7 minutes to walk there. It was a school where I had done my placements before.

I decided to ask if I could start by being a substitute teacher there and thankfully, I was given the opportunity to do so. However, my working hours were not stable and some weeks, I would only work for a day. But, within me was a desire to work in that school because I wanted to wake up early and not waste time commuting to work. I wanted to wake up early and spend time with the Lord. I decided to place that school’s homepage on one of my tabs in my Google Chrome app on the phone so that whenever I opened my phone, I would be reminded of that school and I would say to myself, “Bryan, you will get a full-time job there. I declare and decree that the Lord will give you a full-time job there”

When I told a few people that I was only focussed on that school, they told me to broaden my scope and apply to other schools. Those were wise words, but deep within me, I knew that the Lord has set aside a position for me in that school. As time passed, I started doing more hours there and one day, I received a call from the deputy principal to work there for 2.5 weeks. Later that day, I received another call to work there till the end of term 4.

It may sound nice, but the reality was that it was only temporary. Although it did pay the bills, I still needed a job for next year. With three weeks of school left, I was approached by the deputy principal for an interview. Interestingly, I felt so much peace and did not feel too worried about it. I did ask a lot of my friends and family to pray alongside me, but I never felt too worried. In the final two weeks of term 4, I went for the interview and got the job that very week! I believe that this was the result of the prayers of my family and friends as well as me declaring it into being.

Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Bryan Chow
Primary School teacher
UniGen UQ10, Hope Church St Lucia