I grew up in a non-Christian family back in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My parents have been working really hard to support the family. I never thought of studying overseas. Amazingly, my parents managed to send me to Singapore for 4 years to study. Upon graduation, I had to go back to Vietnam because I could not find any jobs. I was hopeless at that point in time. I decided to further my studies, and instead of going to the university that I chose in Sydney, God brought me here to QUT.
On the first day of orientation week, a guy approached me and introduced me to CCM (Campus Christian Movement). I was not that keen at first because of the fact that it was a Christian club and of some past experiences. Yet, I decided to give life group a try, and amazingly everyone there was nice and caring. To cut the long story short, during one Sunday service, Ps Wilson gave an invitation to those who wanted to accept Jesus into their lives. I wanted to respond, but I held back because of fear. Yet Pastor continued, “No one can make this decision for you, for it is a personal decision, and your parents can’t make this decision for you.” At that moment, I decided to respond and gave my life to Jesus, because I knew God was speaking to me.
Then came the day when I had to face up to my fears and tell my parents about my decision of following Jesus. Just before I called my parents, I sensed that God was asking me to confess my faith to my parents and I rejected. During the conversation, God prompted me again, and I took a leap of faith to tell them that I am a Christian.
As expected, my mum kept asking me for the reason of changing my belief and how I could reject my ancestor’s religion. I burst into tears over the phone as I answered her that it was my faith. I knew that she was worried and that made me worry too. I felt God prompting me to say to my mum: “Even though I am a Christian, I am still your son.” Upon hearing that, praise God that she did calm down.
After the conversation, I asked God, “what have I done wrong?” and prayed for my relationship with my parents. Minutes later, my mum called me back and said that she was ok for me to be a Christian, but just don’t bother to be too religious.
When God called and I responded, it was like God brought me out of my comfort zone into a journey of faith, just like how Peter responded to Jesus and stepped out of the boat in the middle of the sea. God was too good to remind me again on the next day during Tuesday unit prayer through Joshua 24:14-15:
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Uni-Generation QUT4, St Lucia Afternoon Service