I would like to share a story of God’s providence in my time here as a student in Brisbane. I flew here for my film degree back in 2013, and upon graduation, like many students, I faced the crossroad in deciding whether to stay or to go back to my home country for good. I was encouraged by the words in an email “if you can be more effective for God’s kingdom, by all means, stay.” Having experienced backsliding whenever I went home during the summer holidays compelled me to apply for temporary residency to continue learning to build my faith. Lo and behold, time flew by again and the two years were up. Reaching yet another crossroad, and sensing that God had more in store for me in Brisbane, I started finding ways to stay.

Deciding to take up a whole different degree in Quantity Surveying, it was hard to convince my family as uncharted waters meant uncertainties. “Are you sure about this?” “Is this what you want to do in future?” “This is no small sum.” but through this step of faith, even though there were challenges every semester, God never failed to show me how real He is by bringing me out of every one of them. I’m grateful for the undeserved providence given to me so that I could continue sharing life with my life group, serve in His church and in the student ministry and learn to lean on God every step of the way.

Indeed there will yet be another crossroad at the end of this degree, so please pray with me and for those in similar situations as well, that we will find peace in knowing that He is and will always be in control, and where He leads, He provides.

“God will make a way, where there seems to be no way.” from God will make a way (Don Moen)

Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Jaslyn Tan
Quantity Surveying
UniGen QUT4, Hope Church St Lucia