After graduation, I was faced with the same question that most international students need to consider – to stay in Australia or to go back to my home country. I prayed, “God, I want to stay, please make a way for me.” However, I was faced with a challenge as my profession is not on the migration list, and I have already missed the chance to apply for a Temporary Residence visa.

I felt as if all the doors for me to stay were closed, and for that reason I felt lost and without hope. But in the midst of it all, God reminded me of His Word – to put my faith in action and to believe that through faith we are able to do anything (Hebrews 11). Hence, I asked God, “What do you want me to put my faith in?” He said, “The promise that I have made with you that I will provide for you.” I replied, “Ok, I will trust You fully.”

Early July last year, God opened the door for me. There is a small company that was willing to hire and assist me with my visa application. However, I still needed to pass my IELTS exam. After looking at my schedule, I realised that I only had two chances to obtain a favourable IELTS result; however, the second examination date coincided with the CCM conference. Hence I prayed, “Lord, I really want to go for the conference, and it means that I will only have one chance to attempt this exam. As I trust You, please let me pass.” The results came and I managed to obtain the results that I needed! Also, the company that was willing to hire me needed to pass the audits with the Immigration Department to qualify as a sponsor. The process usually takes a month or two, but God showed me His power once again when I was granted a bridging visa within three weeks, just one day before my student visa expired.

Hence, the only thing left to do was to wait for my Permanent Residency to be granted. It seemed easy but it was not. However, as time passed and without any news about my visa, I felt the pressure from my parents. I went back to Beijing at the beginning of the year, and on February 13th, while having dinner with my parents, my father blamed me for wasting time waiting when I could have easily started work back home. I went back to my room and cried badly, “Lord, where are You? You are my only hope.” That night, God told me clearly that He is here with me, and He will give me a gift. Amazingly, on 14th February, Valentine’s Day, my Permanent Residence visa was granted!

Looking back, I realised that God was with me every step of the way; He heard all the prayers that I have made, and taught me to be patient and to wait upon Him. I want to encourage every one of you, just as the Bible says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12). Continue to trust God, as His timing is perfect. God bless.

Nicole Zhang
Graduate (Master of Applied Finance)

Uni-Generation QUT 2, 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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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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