I have finally finished writing my testimony out! And will be up tomorrow to read it out to my brothers and sisters. Praying that the Lord will be with me and give me grace to carry out His message. I hope this will encourage some to realize education and work isn’t everything, but know in everything we do, we should do it all to the glory of God.
Hello, I’m grateful that I was given this opportunity to speak. I have been at this church since 2007 and am so grateful to my mother for bringing me to join this fellowship of brothers and sisters in praising, worshiping, and growing together as followers of Christ. I would say I have had a very smooth life. Living in a family where food and shelter was never to be worried upon, I was very content. I am very thankful to the Lord for the family that he has blessed me with.
I was baptized at this church in 2010 with my best friend. We were ready to seal our lives over to God. We wanted to serve God together; either being pianists or helpers or leaders, we were ready. We were a pair that encouraged each other to grow in faith together; helped each other with problems whenever we were faced with them. I’m very thankful that I met her here. Volunteering in VBS together, teaching kids about our Holy Father and watching them grow in knowledge about our God; it was a blessing to witness.
Going to university was a huge change for me. Projects, assignments, deadlines were suddenly very quick and real. I am very glad that I found a campus fellowship where I met a group of close girlfriends that kept me accountable and encouraged me to continue leaning on God while being swamped with all my work and classes. I was not happy with how things had turned out though. Being in this program required rigorous study habits and intense time devotion to classwork; which meant less time for God. A huge chunk of my day was aimed towards studying new concepts and time squeezed in for devotion or fellowship was minimal. I often wondered: is this how my everyday will look like when I grow up?
I was very relieved when I booked my ticket to come home. Finally I could be with my family again. I felt very blessed that God had allowed me to safely arrive back home and be reunited with my family, my friends, and church’s brothers and sisters. However, as I got extremely weak in the middle of July, we realized that there was something wrong with my health. I remember on the day when I entered the hospital praying that it would only be a temporary setback; that I would soon be out and back home, preparing to return to University in one month.
But unfortunately it took much longer than any of us had expected. It is due to the Lord’s grace that I endured all that I had to in the hospital: shots, blood transfusions, tests. I faced many critical times when even the doctors told my family that they should prepare themselves for the worst outcome of death. But the faith that everyone carried in their prayers saved me. Knowing that my condition was in the Lord’s hands, Psalm 107:20 states that the Lord has “saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” I sought peace and calmness in knowing I would soon be reunited with my family and I often looked forward to being able to come back to church and serving again. I know it is the grace and power of our Lord that saved me and granted me a second chance at life. I am joyous for in Isaiah 9:11 it says “Nevertheless, that time of darkness will not go on forever”.
I am not one to worry about where my future goes from here on. For I find solace and comfort from Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us.” Our life here on earth is limited; there is only so much we can do with our 24 hours in a day. I see so much love that I had overlooked before. The different people we meet here, the only thing I wish is that when we are brought to Heaven to be with our Father, they will be there also. I am much more open towards speaking about our Father with friends as I feel a sense of confidence I before hadn’t. Praise the Lord for this change!
A verse I have kept close to my heart and know to be true is Proverbs 19:21, “You may have many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” I was one whom was always planning my next step, being prepared, but I realize it is time to lay it down and let the Lord lead my life.
I thank my fellowship sisters who kept me centered on God even being buried under work and stress; their daily encouragement was enough to keep me accountable, satisfied and devoted. I do not regret my time there as I matured in my faith with their help. I also thank my family for being there with me during this medical crisis and will take much more care towards staying healthy and strong. And to the numerous aunties and uncles whom have encouraged my family to not waver in faith but leave it in God’s hands, thank-you.
Lastly I thank this church where my many brothers and sisters worried and rejoiced with me over this experience. I learnt on a much deeper level about God and his plans for us on this earth and why things are the way they are; and only hope to learn much more during my time here. I hope I can continue to serve this church either as a pianist or as a helper, and that the Lord will continue to show me his ways. Thank-you everyone for all the support and prayers through the toughest and happiest times.
There was one day when I was in the hospital and R and H came to visit me, though they did not stay long, their presence brought me comfort and joy. I will always remember the words of R’s card for she wrote the Lord only gives the toughest battles to His best soldiers, and to always be strong and courageous for the Lord our God will always be with me. With knowing “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 8:31. Knowing the honour that God gave to me to have this experience reminded me of how he chose Moses to lead his people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Though merely a man and convicted at the time, he turned around and showed courage in carrying out the Lord’s commands. I hope and believe this experience will give me strength in carrying out his will in me and being Christ-centered in all that I do.