God’s abundant supply
Recently I went to catch up with a friend whom I don’t often see. She shared that she was involved in a charity called Share the Dignity that filled ladies’ handbags with sanitary products and toiletries. What a great charity, I thought. In passing, I said it would be great if I could get these bags distributed at The Pantry, a food relief ministry where I volunteer. Unfortunately, I had missed the registration deadline and she would inform me of 2019 registration dates. I left it at that.
A couple of days later, I received a text from my friend saying that they had received so many more bags than expected and I could get some. I rang up the Manager at The Pantry to advise what was happening. It was the answer to his prayers! He had been praying for access to women sanitary products for years.
When I went to collect the handbags, I was not expecting too many. As it turned out, despite filling every available space in my car, I was unable to collect them all. I ended up with a full car load of 250 handbags, right up to the roof! God is so good and faithful—not only did He provide enough, but in abundance! Glory to His Name!
Immanuel, God with us
At the beginning of high school, the most daunting was finding friends. I only hung around my primary school friends, until one of them introduced me to a new group she befriended. After a few weeks, they began to bully me about my size, made racist comments and name calling. I began to feel demoralised and disheartened. Upset and put down. Some of the girls knew I was being bullied, but never stood up for me because they also wanted to be accepted. I felt all alone.
Although it was very hard for me to leave the group where I had a sense of belonging, I felt God was telling me that it was the right decision.
In my darkest hour, I felt that God was still with me. God says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified or afraid of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
I prayed each night hoping things would change. I sat alone for a few days. I’ll never forget the day when a girl approached me and invited me to hang out with her. Ever since then, we’ve stayed friends. I thank Jesus for answering my prayer and being my friend for life; and had helped me through the tough times. He’s teaching me to become a good friend to those in need, just like how He has helped me.
“Many people will walk out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”—Eleanor Roosevelt.
Healing and wisdom
I recently had MRI scans performed on both my knees because of ongoing knee pain since my teenage years. No surgery was required, but physiotherapy was recommended to correct the muscle imbalances around my knees. These imbalances were the underlying cause of the pain. In October 2017, I began physiotherapy treatment. Some months later, I stopped seeing my physiotherapist but continued the exercises he had prescribed. There was no noticeable improvement, so eventually I gave up on the exercises.
One evening in August 2018, during bedtime prayers with my sons, I told them about my knee pain. They laid hands on me and we prayed for healing.
That same night, I searched online for alternatives to the exercises my physiotherapist had prescribed. There were so many alternatives and I didn’t know where to start! I asked God for wisdom and then continued to research further. Two exercises really stood out and I started using them.
Within two days, the knee pain in both my knees had largely disappeared! After enduring this discomfort for so many years, I was in a state of joyful disbelief. It’s hard to attribute the improvement to the new exercises, because of such a quick turnaround. I can only attribute the improvement to my Father in heaven. He is both my healing and my wisdom.
God is faithful
“Identity” was the theme of this year’s TBC camp.
Eight youths and four leaders came together. Having settled in, they were asked to write down their expectations of the camp. The two most common expectations were:
- Build a stronger relationship with God and with one another.
- Learn to incorporate God in everyday life.
These were placed on the fridge as a reminder of what God was going to do at the camp and in each life. The leaders spoke with insight on the topics of perspective, mindset and community — accompanied with songs of worship, reading of psalms — and waiting quietly on God.
On the second night, following our time waiting on God, His presence was felt. There were vivid visions, the sense of a rushing wind and words of encouragement, leading to a Spirit-filled time of worship. Then someone was prompted to sing —“The Stand“. We all joined in, standing in a circle, hands held together.
We cried out in tongues and prayed, taking a stand for this generation of youths who are lost, and that God will be their answer for everything. We declared that Christian youths would not be ashamed of the Gospel, for there’s power in the Gospel of Jesus!
God is indeed faithful! He exceeded our expectations, above and beyond what was asked or imagined! Praise Him!!
Dan & Iris Bao
God is in control
On 14th May 2018 (Monday), we received an email from our property manager informing us that our lease would not be renewed, and we must move out within 3 weeks!
We negotiated with the property manager and owner, but the situation did not favour us. Either we moved out in the next 3 weeks or had to pay an extra month’s rental even if we moved before this extra month lapsed.
Fortunately, a week before, our immediate neighbour had moved out and the property was for lease. What are the odds! We submitted our application.
We surrendered the situation to Jesus in prayer. In the next 2 days, we received the lease! The property manager mentioned that there was another competing application, but the owner chose us even though we submitted a lower rental proposal.
Moreover, we were able to enjoy our pre-planned camping trip during this time & received the lease confirmation while on our way there. God is so good, and His favour surrounds us as with a shield. Don’t worry, God is in control!! Rest in Him.
Transforming power of the Gospel
When we were in Vietnam, we saw God transforming his people every day. Young and old generations stood in front of their community, sharing how the message they had just heard had challenged their thinking and transformed their mindsets.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed…” [Romans 1:16-17].
A lady shared a testimony that when travelling to the conference she ended up lost on the side of the road, walking aimlessly. She was so worried about missing the opportunity to receive. She prayed to the Father and it just so happened a youth came by and mentioned there was a bunch of people gathered down the road in a nearby building. And low and behold, it was the place!!
In Australia the gospel is so freely accessible that we sometimes forget how hard people fight to hear the Word; we lose sight of the gospel’s power to transform.
On Sundays when we hear the Word our minds may wander, and whilst lunch provides us sustenance, do not forget the Word provides us wholeness.
God is able
When I was in KidzAFlame (Children’s Church at Firstlight), a church member passed me a heartfelt letter in which she highlighted the heart of a father wherein I would have the opportunity to minister to many people.
Reflecting on the new year, I really felt encouraged seeing how many aspects of my life have lined up with this prophecy. I have not only had the opportunity to serve in KidzAFlame and TBC (Youth Ministry) over the years, however upon graduating, God has favoured me with a job where I have the privilege to help many families with disabled children.
Seeing all this, I am not only grateful for the opportunities which God has provided for me, but also how much I have learnt from every leader, parent, youth and family whom I have encountered. I want to encourage anyone with a heart for the ministries—do not hold back but know that God is always able to work in and through you.
A new beginning
I have been in my job for more than two years and have settled down very comfortably. I have always experienced God’s hand in turning around negative situations which enabled new opportunities to forge better and closer ties. As a result, trust was built.
Last December, due to movements at corporate level within the industry, a vacant position arose which presented a more holistic job scope. This was highlighted to me, but I did not pay attention to it. Weeks passed. After much encouragement & persuasion by my industry contacts, I relented and went for the job interview. I received notification of my successful application after two days. That weekend, Ps Richard spoke on the significance of a new beginning in 2018. The following week, I received an offer for a better remuneration package to join the new company. A new beginning!
Regardless of uncertain economic times, God never fails to bless us when we continue to rest in Him. In this instance, He even involved others to get the job done.
I believe in angels
On Thursday, 7 December 2017, I dropped off my vehicle for servicing at a local car dealer. Customers were dropped off at their respective residences and picked up in the afternoon.
When we left my residence there was discussion among other customers on the best route to collect the remaining customer. The driver decided to follow the GPS instructions only.
When the driver inadvertently drove past the final customer’s residence, I pointed out the correct location. The driver was then unsure of the best way to return to the car dealer as there were multiple exit points.
I advised the driver to take a particular route which was the longest—it coincided with peak after school traffic and significant roadworks. The driver followed my instructions and duly turned off the GPS system.
Almost an hour had passed when I returned to my suburb and noticed multiple police cars cordoning off an area outside a fast food outlet. The following incident had occurred:
- About 15 minutes before I was picked up by the car dealer, a pre-arranged fight by groups of teenage youths had broken out in a nearby park, which then continued outside a liquor store located at a nearby traffic intersection and further fighting continued outside the fast food outlet.
- Ongoing fighting continued at another nearby park which culminated in a vehicle ploughing into a group of pedestrians waiting at a bus stop (which would have been the most likely route the car dealer would have taken if GPS instructions were followed).
- Sadly, the whole incident took the life of one teenager and seriously injured several
That day, I was reading a book titled ‘The Prayer of Protection’ by Pastor Joseph Prince of New Creation Church, Singapore. I had just read a chapter titled ‘Dwell Safely in Christ, Your Refuge’ (Psalm 91: 9-10) and noticed the next chapter was titled ‘Activating Your Angels’ (Psalm 91: 11-12). Also, that day I had watched an online sermon titled ‘Don’t Waste Your Angel’ by Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church, USA.
I believe God sent an angel to minister His divine protection over my life. Praise God for His heavenly wisdom, knowledge and understanding imparted through His servants on earth.
In recent months, God has been prompting me to restructure our finances. I have also learnt about the concept of Sparrow Faith (Matt 6: 24-29). Essentially, God feeds the birds, even though they neither sow nor reap. The birds provision is not dependent on their works, it is because God cares about them.
God sees us as more valuable than the birds and likewise, He provides for us because He loves us. God has been challenging me to rely on Him as my source and trust that He will provide for all my needs—not to focus on the circumstances or seek worldly sources of provision, but on what I needed on a daily basis.
We had several unforeseen business expenses last month. Prior to these arising, we had committed to restructure our finances and stick to it. Given the unforeseen expenses, we had exceeded our anticipated spending and our quarterly tithe was going to drain the remainder of our allocated monthly spending account. What a position to be in with Christmas around the corner!
However, what an awesome opportunity to lean into God and step out in faith to believe that He will provide all my needs. I set up the bank transfer and as I hit send, an overwhelming peace came over me. I didn’t think about our bank balance anymore and just believed God would provide. Within 48 hours, our funds had been completely restored. God loves us and will provide exceedingly and abundantly more than we ever need.
Our amazing supernatural God
Before going for my short-term mission trip to China in June 2017, one of my concerns was I hurt my back in 2014 and was unable to work for seven months. I’ve torn the disk between levels L5 and S1 and it became a constant worry if I have to sit for too long. Moreover, we had to take a 10-hour bus ride to get to the location.
Remembering how faithful God is, I trusted that He who called me will also be the God who will provide. So, I went ahead. The total return travel time was 40 hours of combined flight and bus ride. Our supernatural God took me safely through sitting down—with no ache, no pain, and not even the slightest discomfort! I was amazed!
Unknown to anyone, I had a lockjaw syndrome where sometimes I couldn’t fully open my mouth to yawn or to brush my teeth. During dinner one of my friends, a dentist, found out that I had this condition. She just touched my cheeks and massaged my jaws. She wasn’t even praying for me. One week later, I found out to my incredible amazement that my right jaw no longer clicked and it never got stuck again.
Isn’t our God incredible? He is so mighty and willing to heal us! Hallelujah! So, I came back from my short-term mission trip healed and whole. Thank you, Jesus!
Transforming power of God’s Word
My husband Peter was encouraged by our family members to worship at Firstlight Church, but I still wasn’t convinced I needed to attend church and fellowship. Peter encouraged me but I was very stubborn.
On 13 July 2017, I read the Firstlight Daily Devotions and the Lord showed me that what I believed all these years was so very wrong. Ps Richard quoted the undermentioned scripture:
24 Let us help each other
to love others and to do good.
25 Let us not stay away from church meetings.
Some people are doing this all the time.
Comfort each other as you see
the day of His return coming near.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (New Life Version)
Pastor taught on this scripture and the words went deep into my heart and spirit. I then attended service that Sunday. When I was seated in my wheelchair, the Lord spoke to my spirit, “This is where you belong.”
From then on, the Lord worked in my life so very much. My healing came and I went from wheelchair to walking. This showed me that one can block the blessings of the Lord by trying to do things your own way. I would like to thank everyone who kept me in prayers.
In early 2016, I went to see my GP for an iron test due to anemia. She was concerned with my iron deficiency and sent me for an ultrasound—and they found a right ovarian cyst. I was advised to return for another ultrasound in 6 months’ time to check if the cyst had grown.
At that time, I had no idea of miracle healing and prayed to God for a good result. I then went for the 2nd ultrasound and to my surprise, the cyst had resolved. Praise the Lord!!
Lay Khim Foo
The unforced rhythms of grace
Our family moved from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Perth, Australia in Jan 2015 on a working visa for my employment. Life was good and our young kids could start their Australian education here. It was like a dream come true for us until I got retrenched a year after. To make things worse, without a PR—even though Rachel was in full-time employment—all of us were required to leave Australia within the next 90 days. Our children’s education would be interrupted and our plan seemed crushed.
Regardless of whatever thorough safety net we had established, this was beyond our control. It was a devastating moment for us. We questioned God’s love for us then. Why would He bring us here and have our dream and hope shattered?
I was looking very hard to land an employment but unfortunately, to no avail. No one was hiring any applicant with a working visa. Another 90 days went by, and we were still here! Rachel and I then started to surrender fully to God and believe that our Father has a plan for us here.
We applied for our PR and I continued looking for a job. Another 90 days passed, and we are still around! And another 90 days, and another 90 days and we are still here ……. We have learnt to rest and follow the unforced rhythms of His grace.
Long story short, we managed to stay on for another year (legally) before our PR was granted in April 2017. Rachel got retrenched but joined a reputable telecommunication company, our children are still enjoying their quality education and I have just started working as IT Project Manager. God’s love for us is unquestionable. He has made His presence so real to us and I believe, yours too, if you start to surrender fully to Him.
God’s perfect love
God is so faithful in providing me with a new career.
After a year off on maternity leave, I didn’t enjoy returning back to work. Lots of things had changed and there was no option but to work full time; moreover, a well remunerated & well positioned job.
With a downturn in the resource industry and very stressful work conditions, constant deadlines, and late and weekend work, I became increasingly unhappy—it affected my family life. Sadly, this went on for a couple of years!
One night when the misery was too much to bear, I prayed for God to open doors to other opportunities even if it meant I would not be as well remunerated. Job opportunities suddenly opened up. I applied and was shortlisted for an interview. However, prior to the interview, I decided to resign without first securing a job. I knew in my heart that I had more to gain than to lose—particularly, spending precious time with my pre-school daughter.
I put my best foot forward during the interview. I was elated when they informed me I was recommended for the role subject to a breach period. I was, however, vigilant not to let fear enter into my heart. I was encouraged to claim that the job was mine. If God had opened this door for me, no man can shut it! After a week, I was offered the job. God also gave me favour in negotiating the salary.
I am now enjoying my new job with an organisation that values its employees & provides much flexibility, plus interesting work and great colleagues. I also discovered that I was favoured with a good report from the assistant director, who was a partner of a firm I had previously worked with—this helped with the job application process.
Now I have time for a rewarding career, be an attentive mum and a wife that has time to cook. Nothing like being swept up by God’s perfect love for me! Thank God for His faithfulness and His favour.
My Father’s perfect love
Recently we did some renovation work in the house. We needed a skip bin for the refuse. I wanted to open the tail-gate to give me access for dumping a discarded heavy concrete slab. The tail-gate was slanting at an angle of 45 degrees and I knew it would crash down as soon as it was unlatched. I would have to hold it to let it drop gently and slowly. I never expected that it would be much too heavy for me to handle.
The moment it was unlatched, it dropped like a bomb and landed four inches away from my toes! Shocked, I looked down at my feet. The toes were still there! I looked up to heaven and uttered, “Thank you Lord for saving me!” I immediately realised that it was my Father’s perfect love that saved me from this horrendous accident. Had I stood twelve inches nearer the bin, I would have lost all my toes and worse, been crushed. By His grace and perfect love, I was saved. Thank you, Father.
Shen En Chong
Jesus, our protector
It was a long weekend and we were heading back to Perth from a camping trip at Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup.
Traffic along Kwinana Freeway was building up as we approached Perth. Traffic flow was sometimes cruising and the next moment, bumper-to-bumper. Our car was cruising at this stretch of the freeway when the traffic slowed down once again to a bumper-to-bumper speed. At that moment, I heard “banging” noises from the rear of the car. As I looked at my rear-view mirror, I could see a vehicle—which was 4 vehicles behind—ramming into the vehicle in front of it and causing that vehicle to also ram into the car in front, etc. It was a chain collision and I could see that it was coming towards our direction. By the grace of God, the car that was right behind us did not ram into our car.
Thank you, Jesus for watching over us and keeping us safe and secure in His hands.
God is my Father and I am His
Resigning from my accounting job in 2015 to pursue chaplaincy was a transforming journey for me with our Papa God. I was excited with the course and the new season awaiting me. As time passed, I was vulnerable too—studying full time with no disposable income and living expenses to be taken care of. In moments like these, God assured me that His love did not depend on my ability, but solely on His doing. Believing this truth has set me free. I no longer require validation from people. I am fully accepted by God and made righteous in Christ. Hallelujah! I become content to take a step at a time with Christ by my side.
After completing my course in early 2016, I came to a crossroad of job seeking—chaplaincy or accounting? I decided to apply for both roles and waited for God’s open door. When there were anxiety and uncertainty, I prayed for God’s affirmation.
I had a dream. I drove a long yellow school bus on a blue and white road in a competition. There were many obstacles to overcome on an unfamiliar route. Miraculously, we reached the destination safely and people were cheering. When I asked God for the dream interpretation, His words prevailed: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Even though I may go through unfamiliar paths ahead, God is with me and for me. He will cause me to do exceptionally well. With this revelation, I gladly accepted my first job offer—a 6 month contract role—in mid-May 2016.
As God renewed my mind, I no longer worry about job security. Instead, I enjoyed listening and getting to know people at my workplace and prayed over their needs. I also worked diligently within good boundaries. God has made it possible for me to be an accountant and a chaplain at the same time.
After 4 months, I was offered a permanent role and a promotion. Truly a testimony of God’s favour and provision overflowing exceedingly and abundantly as I rested in His perfect love for me. I believe that God brought the breakthrough and victory in my life and He will also do it for you. Thank you, Pastor Richard for proclaiming God’s words fearlessly, my life group who journeyed with me and my Firstlight family who encouraged me with your prayers and generous care. Above all, thank you Jesus for everything!
It’s been a long journey! A journey full of frustrations, tears, and asking God questions which for a long time I did not understand why it had to be me until now.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis, which is the curvature of the spine. I was scheduled for surgery in 2011 in India, but for some reason my spine got better and therefore my surgery was cancelled. I do believe God had a reason why it was cancelled. Ever since the cancellation, I would continue going to my doctor for check-ups.
In 2016 when I consulted a doctor here in Perth, I was told that my spine had become worse and I had to go for a surgery (bear in mind that it would cost between $100,000 and $200,000, on the higher side). You can imagine the stress I had! I was in my final year in university. And I had to think of the surgery and hospital bill.
Even though I was tired of the whole process, God showed me how BIG He is!
In June last year, I received a call from the hospital and was told that my total surgery and hospital bill had been fully covered. God used a man (whom I didn’t know or haven’t seen) in the hospital to fight for my case until the insurance company agreed to cover every single expense. I have never been in so much shock in my life. God truly showed me how BIG He is!!
I would have studied anywhere in the world but God led me to Perth—now I understand why. On December 6th 2016, I had a successful surgery. In the x-ray on your right is my curved spine before the surgery, and on your left is me after the surgery (nails and rods have been placed in the spine).
Jesus, the source of all light
When we came to Malaysia for a conference, we had planned on being there for just 3 weeks.
168 days later, we finally said goodbye to Malaysia.
Although there were many things to enjoy about big city living, it was an unsettling and frustrating time, not knowing what our next steps would be.
Looking back on that time in Malaysia, we can see God’s hand in it all.
Within a week of arriving in Malaysia, we had found a place to stay. Amongst the Interserve community, close to everything we needed, cheap, nearby to a Nepali church and with schooling options for Joel. The previous tenants left the exact day we needed the place. And there was a family with similar aged kids who had been praying for a family to connect with.
Over the course of our time there, God opened our eyes to the refugee situation in Malaysia and gave us opportunities and contacts for Interserve and Firstlight to partner with one of these organisations.
It also ended up to be a valuable time for our family. The boys enjoyed the routine of morning school followed by family outings. And we all really enjoyed the amazing food on offer. However, in the back of our minds was always the question of what next.
It was a faith testing time for us with God reminding us to not look too far ahead.
“Follow me” was His call. In the darkness, we find it hard to see even a few steps ahead but we were reminded to just follow step by step after Him—the source of all light.
God hears us
Some months ago, we were advised that we had to replace our oven (under 5 years old) as one of the oven door hinges had fallen apart & the appliance company did not have the particular part in stock—this model was no longer in production. Cost of repair was $250 & replacing the oven would cost us $2,800.
We contacted the manufacturer and were advised to search online as someone in Australia might have it in stock. We found a supplier online & passed this information to the appliance company which was going to do the repair for us. However, they could not get it and so we had no choice but to have the oven replaced.
It so happened that the technician who came to install the new oven had encountered the same problem before & he found the screw under the door of the original oven. So, we ended up paying only $50 for the repair job. Hallelujah!! God came through for us!!
Actually, I had forgotten what I said when my husband, Louis, was checking online for the part: I prayed that we only needed one hinge & surely He can find it for us. Louis agreed & we left it at that. And He did!! Truly, God hears us & He also remembers.
Another lesson learnt….before confirming the work order for the new oven, I found that if we were to purchase the oven ourselves, we would save $500. But, we decided to let the appliance company handle it all. If we had purchased the oven, we would have to go through the hassle of having to buy the oven & then returning it. A lot of self effort!! But God in His love & grace made it so easy for us. We are again reminded to rest in His goodness and the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
God’s perfect timing
For the past couple of months I had been looking for another job. Last Thursday I had the opportunity to go for a job interview. The interview went well and I was told that I would get a call the following day regardless of the outcome.
The next day I went to work and was told that I was made redundant. During the whole redundancy conversation, my mobile phone was ringing but I couldn’t answer the call. Someone left a voice message for me to call back. When I checked my phone later that morning, I realised that it was from the company that I had an interview with. So I returned the call and found out that I have been offered the job! Praise God!
I hope this testimony will encourage those who are going through tough times. Just remember God’s timing is always perfect.
The goodness of God
During this economic climate, the company I was with announced on staff reduction. It was not a good sign when I received a meeting invitation with the Human Resource one Friday. The meeting was scheduled for next Tuesday and I had predicted the outcome. As I am the bread winner in the family, I was devastated and lost. I began to doubt if God heard our prayers as my situation just got worse.
That Monday night, a voice came through in my head—I knew it was God. He told me, “You shall find peace”. How would I find peace during these times? While I was sharing this with my husband Gary, my brother and his wife—who had just arrived that afternoon from overseas—came over to our house. She is a pastor and told me that God had a message for me, and which she had to deliver on this night. God wanted me to hold on to His hands, and remember Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” She ended by asking me, “Have you found your peace now?” I received the same message from 3 different persons separately that night, and this strengthened my faith in God.
God is real! I have been praying for His guidance and His will to provide for us, and have faith in Him always. He closed one door and opened another door for me. Within a month, I have a new job! Praise the LORD Almighty!
The favour of God
For a while, I have felt that God has been guiding my career in a very specific direction, and I was confident that my application for a certain work position would be successful. When I found out that I had failed to secure this position, I was devastatingly disappointed. I hadn’t applied for any other positions, and in my panic, defaulted to depending on my own strength to make secondary plans. I spoke to the emergency department I was working in at the time, only to find out that their application process was closed. I explored all avenues, including working rurally.
During Lifegroup, Ditza pushed me to share what I was going through despite me still feeling the need to wait till things were a bit more in my control. My Lifegroup prayed that God wouldn’t be limited by my own plans and that he would work through avenues that couldn’t be seen to man.
Yesterday, I had a successful interview with Bunbury Hospital and was offered a job. The true surprise and blessing from God came when I received a call from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital saying they could offer me the same position. I couldn’t say that it was my own effort that got me there. I didn’t have to go through an interview, I didn’t have to submit an application; I had merely expressed interest in the department that I was already working in, and God had worked behind the scenes to secure this position for me.
Jesus, my deliverer & healer
I am a 43-year-old mother of 4 happy kids and wife of a wonderful man. I was fit and healthy, living a very blessed and active life. On the 13th of June, our world was turned upside down when we discovered a mass in my pancreas. Biopsy the next day confirmed pancreatic cancer. PET scan confirmed it was contained with no distant spread; however, the head of the pancreas, duodenum and lymphatics were involved.
Prior to diagnosis, I did not have symptoms nor was I jaundiced. I had 10 days when I suffered indigestion whenever I ate oily food. However, something in my spirit told me that there was a mass in there that should not be there. My husband Colin (a radiation oncologist – one of his specialties is pancreatic cancer) couldn’t feel anything on palpation; but because we know God’s voice, we immediately got an ultrasound done and our journey began.
Within 10 days of the diagnosis, I had the Whipple’s operation, which is the biggest abdominal surgery one can have. It is by God’s grace and favour from Colin’s colleagues that the operation happened so quickly. Six surgeons offered up their theatre lists so that I could be operated on. We went into the surgery excited because we knew God was with us. The 8 hour surgery went well and they managed to remove the tumour with good margin although 4 lymph nodes were involved. After extensive pathological review they changed my diagnosis to a rare and aggressive form of duodenal cancer which has a better prognosis than pancreatic cancer. Praise God!
I was discharged home on Thursday, 14th July after nearly 3 weeks in hospital. I was kept in longer than expected as when I was put on solid food, my lymphatics leaked essential lipids and protein into my abdominal cavity rather than absorbing it and distributing it to the rest of my body, and thus I was losing nutrients. Subsequently, I had to be put on intravenous feeds.
After 3 weeks of leaking lymphatics, with a daily output of about 1000 ml initially, it took a long time to come down to 150 ml daily despite various interventions. I got fed up one night and just prayed out loud with authority, declaring healing over my lymphatics and commanding it to seal and heal in Jesus’ name. The very next day the overnight output from my lymphatics was zero. Over a 24 hour period it was 5 ml and it was so for the next five days until the drain was removed. Even the surgeon said it was odd and had no medical explanation for why it would stop suddenly. We know this is the work of Jesus, Son of the living God.
We have truly felt God’s presence and peace from day one. We have seen His hand in everything. In the first few days of the diagnosis, the image that kept coming to me was that of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. I know our God is walking with me through this fire but I also know He will deliver me just as He did for them. Through a revelation given to me, I believe that God has promised me complete healing and I know His word does not return to Him void.
We know this cancer is not from God for He is a good good God. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, and chaos is what he does best but we know that we already have the victory in Christ. God is indeed so good and we can’t praise Him enough for raising our faith to be able to withstand this trying time.
Before my operation, our Church prayed for us and people, including children, came to lay hands. A lady from church, who I do not know, came up to me after service. She said that as we were praying and with everyone surrounding me, God gave her a word for me.
He wants me to know that He has heard our prayers. He has seen deep into my heart and He knows. He is going to give me a new song. Pam doesn’t know what that song is but when I sing that song, people will listen and they will be able to relate and they will see Him.
When Satan decided to mess with us, he didn’t bargain for the fact that God would raise up an army of warriors all around the world, to pray and believe alongside us. We have so many people praying for us, people we don’t even know from all around the world. This is what the body of Christ is all about.
There is still a long road ahead with 6 months of chemotherapy ending at the end of January next year. We are believing in our God for miracles.
Thank you for coming alongside us and praying with and for us. We are touched beyond words by the kindness and generosity shown to us. God bless you all.
Grace at work
When my family and I migrated to Perth eight years ago, I landed a job as a retail car sales person based on my previous relevant experience in Singapore. During the recent economic downturn, the retail sector has been adversely impacted and thus affected the income of everyone in the motor industry. I was not spared either.
Through the years, I have experienced God’s unmerited favour and always believed that in the spiritual realm, God’s economy is totally different from the world’s economy.
God will open up opportunities for us even when it seems impossible.
Last year, I was praying for a business opportunity to establish a chartered limousine service via acquiring a franchise through an old client of mine. Hence, exiting the motor trade after having spent twenty years in it when God gave me another opportunity.
Having been in talks with a car manufacturer for more than a year ago about an employment opportunity at a regional management level, I was offered the job with a much higher-than-expected remuneration package. This was unexpected due to current economic climate coupled with the fact that I do not possess any local management experience.
Eventually, I was able to hire an experienced person for my new business venture, and at the same time, took on the new job. My ex-colleagues and friends were amazed with my double feat, but I always tell them because I rest in Jesus’ finished work, it is now Grace at work.
Jesus, our Healer
At the wholesale bakery where I work, when the baking racks are pulled out from the industrial ovens, they are cooled down before being shifted to an area near an industrial fan for further cooling, then into a walk-in fridge. Part of my job is to pull these racks into the walk-in fridge.
One afternoon, I grabbed a rack near the fan area with my left hand and immediately yelped in pain – my palm was burnt. Apparently, this rack was fresh, directly from the hot oven.
The burning sensation was excruciating!! I went to the nearest sink and put my palm under running water, and was declaring softly that Jesus shall heal my palm and cause the pain to go away. I also applied some burn cream. As I continued working for the rest of the afternoon, the throbbing pain could be felt and the discomfort was barely bearable. Furthermore, I’m a left-hander!
Back home, the pain was still there. The next morning, as I was getting ready for work, a soft voice spoke to me: “Have you forgotten about your hand?” I looked at my left palm. There were no signs of a burnt scar or mark at all! I even pressed and clenched my fist. I couldn’t believe it. It was pain-free. I had actually forgotten about the incident and the Lord had to remind me.
I thank Jesus for this complete healing — the restoration was so quick that I wasn’t even aware of it. Praise God for His goodness. All glory to Jesus, our healer!!
The goodness of God
We moved to Australia in January 2015, thinking that it was a good start for our family. All was good until the recent oil price slump impacted the company I was working for. I was one of the 45% employees retrenched in October 2015, putting me in a bad position as my whole family was on a working visa which would be terminated without any employer sponsorship.
We were not ready to head back to Malaysia as it had been a huge change for us coming over here, especially with both kids having settled very well at school. We decided to pull through this difficult time. However, we require a PR to remain in Australia. We were told that the process would take a long time — up to 2 years — and my current work visa would not last that long.
We prayed to God and let God handle this situation. We submitted all the documentation for Expression of Interest for a PR. All we could do after that was to REST, PRAY and have FAITH in our Lord.
God did His wonders. In just two short months, we were notified by Australian Immigration that we were eligible for PR! This was like a miracle! Friends had been telling us that it’s impossible to be that fast.
We have submitted all the required documents and now waiting for the final processing to take place. Although our eventful saga has not concluded yet, we have faith in Christ that He has the best plan for us!
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
Jesus helps me
It was the day of my netball match. I felt excited, because we, being the top team, were certain of winning. I was at home getting ready to put on my jacket. In trying to put it on faster, I pulled the jacket over my head instead of unzipping it. I struggled through the small opening thinking that I could squeeze through. How wrong was I! I was stuck underneath my jacket with my top right eyelid caught in the zip. Suddenly, I felt hard to breathe. So I screamed for help. My parents rushed to my aid.
I was in tears. They tried cutting open my jacket — it gave me air, but I was still stuck. My first thought was how silly was I to get myself into this sticky situation; and I might have to go to the hospital for surgery. Then I thought of praying to Jesus for help. And we prayed out loud!
Then my Dad suggested zipping the jacket downwards. So I lay down on the couch and cautiously followed his instructions. As I pulled down the zip I could feel my eyelid becoming loose, but hurting at the same time. Finally, the jacket came off. My eye looked like it had been ripped — it was bruised with an extra fold. Well, I didn’t make it to my netball game but I found out we won!
Thank you Jesus for being with me and answering my prayer. My eyelid healed after about a week, but a fading scar is still evident. From this I learnt that everybody makes mistakes, but God is with us always. When we turn to Him in prayer, He always answers.
Mission Australia Christmas Lunch
I was glad that we were at Mission Australia lunch on Christmas Day instead of in church or with family — what an opportunity to express the reason for Jesus’ birth! (John 3:16)
I volunteered as a table host because I wanted to experience giving His love I have received so that all who believe can have everlasting lives.
Sok and I were hosting Geoff, a homeless middle aged Aussie man from Mission Australia Home; a retired Sikh couple from Malaysia on holiday in Perth who could not find any cafe open for lunch; Mike, a Vietnamese Engineer whose family was away for Christmas, and four kids spilt over from the next table with a large extended Indigenous family.
We were all thankful and honoured to be served yummy turkey and ham for lunch, delicious ice cream and cakes for dessert. We enjoyed the wonderful entertainment with peaceful music and festive songs. Everyone was happy to bring home a Christmas present generously donated by corporate, church and personal sponsors.
The rich and the poor, strangers of the land and those who were lonely, we all sat down together to experience the love of God through our conversations, laughter and celebrations.
The spirit of Christmas, the grace of God was truly present in God’s angel armies in hosting; and also to all our courageous guests at the lunch. Praise God for His wonderful gift of His Son — may His grace be experienced every day and in every way here on earth as it is in heaven.
It was a Saturday evening and the sun had long gone. A strong gale had picked up, and the sky was becoming darker by the minute – only a faint glow allowed us to continue with our training at school.
The lights in the classrooms were extinguished and sound ceased; soon enough, silence shrouded the sports oval. A stout tear welled up in my eyes as excruciating pain surged into my left knee. Desperate and in agony, I tardily hobbled in continuing pain. Minutes had past, and at last the pain subsided. I breathed a sigh of relief. I took no notice of the trivial pain as I had had many such sudden pains before, and this was no different.
Several days went by, and soon it was Sunday. After the main church service, we headed off to KAF (KidzAFlame, Children’s Church Ministry). During KAF, our class teacher & the children prayed three times for healing of my knee. The first attempt was slightly successful with the pain subsiding. The next resulted with some improvement and perplexed, we were animated. On the third time, the miraculous God had done something in me – He healed me!
Being able to walk slowly was startling. Yet, being able to put my full weight on my knee was bewildering. Feeling triumphant and blessed, I walked out of that room from an agonizing knee to a knee with hardly any pain at all. Thank you Jesus!!
In His time
About a year and a half ago, Phyllis and I were reviewing our plans regarding our children’s high school education. Financially unable to send them to a good private school, the alternative was to move to a suburb with a good public high school. We were also not in a financial position to move. So, we committed the whole matter to our Father in prayer.
We began to see our prayers answered this year miraculously, and put our home for sale in mid-April 2015. We faced constant delay in loan application and poor response to home open. Our initial excitement soon turned to discouragement. However, God continued to journey with us, teaching us to rest – assuring us of His presence.
The turning point came when we changed our broker. Within 2 weeks, the best possible loan was arranged. We continued praying to sell our home before leaving for holidays in July.
In late June, an appointment was made to view our home. That morning, God told me to identify and speak to the mountain/obstacle. So I said, “House you need to be sold, in Jesus Name.” They made an offer the next day. Although below our desired price, we eventually had the peace to sell.
We also found a house that fulfilled our requirements. We made an offer below the asking price, but was not accepted. However, the owner’s agent was constantly speaking in our favour. By God’s grace, the purchase was completed a day before we left for our holidays. We bought our house $50,000 below its valuation. Praise God!!
Through this, we are reminded again that in every situation, we are assured that the day we commit it to our Father is the day the tide of the battle starts to turn towards our favour (Psalms 56:9 – TLB).
God, the Giver of Life
God is truly the life giver and the One who gives us the very breath that we breath.
I have never been so aware of this as much as I was during my recent labour and birth of my third child, Silas. My other 2 children were born by caesarean section, so the midwives were somewhat nervous and were keeping a very close eye on Silas’ heart rate during the labour. Towards the end his heart rate did drop quite low and didn’t improve as quickly as it should.
Although the midwives were worried, I had felt so much peace and assurance from God throughout my pregnancy that He was with Silas; and He was in control of bringing Silas into the world. Sean and my other support person began to pray for his heart rate to improve and declaring life over him. Soon enough his heart rate improved to a very steady and good rate and the midwives were happy to allow the labour to progress naturally. He was born and grew stronger – as strong as he should be!
God of Abundance
When our family decided to re-locate to Perth, I was more than prepared to just be a stay at home mom and perhaps get a part time job that allows me to work from home. Ever since we arrived in Perth, I have not searched or applied for any jobs. However, one day I received a call from a friend who was a lecturer in one of Perth’s universities. He asked if I was interested to do some casual research work and I could work from home. I was delighted and accepted the offer.
During this time, we were also believing as a family for my husband to get a job in Perth. With the casual arrangement I was in, I was only paid for the hours worked on the individual assignments; hence, I asked God to provide me with more assignments.
God is truly a God of abundance who always over supplies what you ask of Him. Instead of giving me more assignments, He opened another door of opportunity for me to be a part time lecturer with the university! As I would be managing mostly the postgraduate online units, I get to work from home most of the time too. What’s more, when the offer was confirmed by the school’s board, it was at a higher pay level than it was initially proposed! This is definitely a work of God as I literally did nothing to get this job offer with such an arrangement, plus I have no prior teaching experience! It was effortless!
Thumb completely healed
My 6-year-old son’s left thumb had a callus growth since he was about 3 or 4 and it grew bigger every year such that half of his thumbnail was growing over the callus. Eventually, it became quite painful if touched or pressed.
I brought him to our family doctor to check on his thumb and see if there’s something that could be done to the growth since it was getting worse. The doctor said that because of his young age, it was not advisable to use the cream or ointment as it contains steroids – it might accidentally be ingested if he’s not careful. Besides, such treatments are not very effective. Hence, his advice was just to leave it as it was, as such growth would not lead to other more serious conditions.
Life went on and one day, my son raised his thumb to me and said, “Mummy look, it is gone!” It took me a few seconds to register that the growth on his thumb was completely gone – there was not even a slightest trace that it was ever there before, even his thumbnail looked normal! His thumb was completely healed! All praise to Jesus!
God Is Never Late
With the recent downturn in the resources sector, the company I was working for was forced to lay off hundreds of employees – my turn came in March 2015. I was not concerned at the time as I believed, and still do, that I am favoured and God will place me in an even better position. I had no idea that I was about to embark on a 5 month journey where I would be challenged emotionally, financially and spiritually in so many ways.
Despite my prayers, meetings with employment agencies and large number of job applications, there were no offers of employment. With the weeks, then months, passing by and funds running out, a sense of anxiety and confusion overwhelmed me each time I took my eyes off Jesus and focused on my bleak financial situation. I have never doubted that God loves me & is always faithful, but months of being faced with electricity being switched off, car being repossessed and not knowing where money was going to come from for food, it was often hard to not be anxious and confused as to why a breakthrough was taking so long.
In early August, I was made an offer to join a construction consultancy firm despite my late application. In fact, the position had already been filled. The company believed that I was a perfect fit for the organisation – with very good potential for career growth.
It then occurred to me that not only had God provided a job for me, but had answered the desires of my heart – I am now with a company that has a strong positive culture and I can help people in the construction industry without compromising my Christian values. Praise God!! He answers prayers.
Often in my life God has not been as early as I would like, but HE IS NEVER LATE!!!
Our All Sufficient God
Due to space constraints and growing kids, we felt the need to renovate our house but it wasn’t a smooth process. Twice the renovation work was stalled because the contractor didn’t turn up to sign the contract. After a while, we decided to build a new home altogether. We approached several builders but weren’t satisfied with their designs.
After 2 years of considering all possibilities, we became tired and disappointed and decided to give up. However, we continued visiting display homes. One day a sales representative of a building company made an unexpected follow up call and proposed a plan to us. And it was the best plan ever!!!
By the grace of God, my husband was blessed with a new and a better renumerated job. In addition, a wonderful couple in Christ leased their newly built house to us when we were building ours. It is through this experience we have learnt to rest in the natural and let the supernatural work. Indeed His grace is sufficient for us. We are so grateful to God for His unfailing love – He has provided more than we could ever imagine or ask for.
Our God is a good God.
Our Miracle Children
I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) when I was 15 years old, and told by the gynaecologist that I would have trouble conceiving children naturally, in later years. I started on medication, which I took for many years.
During this time, I learned much about God and believed Him for healing of this condition. I prayed and came off the medication, but both times, my PCOS symptoms returned.
In 1999 Kevin and I got married. One day, I came across the story of Hannah, who asked God for a son – Samuel. By that time, we had been married a couple of years, and the desire to have children was growing steadily in my heart. The anguish of Hannah’s prayer resonated with me, and I found myself asking God for a ‘Samuel’.
I stopped my medication, but in the back of mind, I knew that after taking medication for so many years, my body would take time to ‘adjust back to normal’!
Three months later, we found out, to our utter amazement, that I was pregnant!
The ‘Samuel’ I had asked for, turned out be our ‘Charis’, the first of our ‘miracle’ kids. Two years later Ashlyn was born, and another two years later, Josiah came into the world. All our children were ‘naturally’ conceived and birthed in human terms, but we came to more fully understand the truth that actually, they were ‘supernaturally’ conceived and birthed, in the mind and heart of our Heavenly Father!
One day, my husband showed me an advertisement for a full time job as a purchasing officer in a well established W.A. company distributing licensed sportswear. I had no confidence to apply as I had not worked since I moved to Australia in 2003. My experience was a supervisor in the sales department for an import & export company while I was in China.
I was doubtful and hesitated to apply, not believing what God had in store for me. A few weeks later, when someone prayed for me, I heard a word saying, “Go and apply for the job. It is a blessing!” I recognised it was God speaking to me & promptly submitted the resume. Soon after, I was asked to go for two interviews. I told them about my previous working experience in China, and that I had two primary school aged children whom I would need to take care of. At the end of the interview, I was offered a part-time job – working within school hours – instead of the advertised full time position. This is amazing!
It was certainly the grace of God – a housewife without Australian qualification and relevant working experience, and yet I got the job.
Jesus, Our Immanuel
A week prior to the HBF 4Km walk, my body was racked with pain, nausea and headaches due to Rheumatoid Polyneuropathy. I started to stress and became anxious about the walk as I had never done this before. Every day as the pain continued, the stress increased until the day before the walk I heard Jesus quite clearly say to me, “Instead of being anxious, look forward with excitement to the walk”. It was then that I realised that whatever we do, Jesus is with us and all is well. So I changed my mindset and was up bright and early. I did the walk in 55 minutes and 20 seconds (although by the 3km post I did say “Jesus take the wheel”). He did! And I finished and beat David which was on my “to do” list.
Praise the Lord for never letting us down but bringing us through all our trials and anxieties.
Power of His Love & Holy Communion
It was exactly eight months ago, on 23 Nov 2014, when I fell flat on my back in the shower and my head hit & jammed the shower door. Fearful thoughts flashed through my mind, especially as I was due to fly home to Perth in three days’ time. Almost immediately, the words, “Jesus loves me” repeatedly crossed my mind, accompanied by His tangible presence & love. I just called on His Name & asked Jesus to help me get up – in my weakness, He was my strength!! Miraculously, despite the initial shock & excruciating pain, I was able to stand up, squeezed through the shower door & went straight to the bedroom. Managed to dry & dress myself & plonked myself on the bed – motionless. Within minutes, my family came in. Had Holy Communion & prayed in the spirit before calling for the ambulance.
Praise God, the X-rays revealed no fracture & I had no signs of concussion. No bruises either. Given pain killers & anti-inflammatory medication. Also had the opportunity to pray for & witness to my room-mate & family while in the hospital.
Abba God answered our prayer for: speedy recovery, favour for replacement air tickets at nominal cost and comfortable flight home – discharged on the third day & arrived in Perth within a week. What a powerful testimony to my family in Penang. Moreover, God prompted us to get travel insurance – not our norm – for this trip & this took care of the medical expenses.
I am well now. O, what manner of love our Father has for us and the glory of the finished work of Jesus on the cross!!
His Amazing Grace
I had grown up with singing traditional hymns which I love immensely for their beautiful lyrics. I recall voicing my disappointment to Ps Richard that hymns were not being sung at our church. His suggestion was for me to join a group that sings in our hospitals.
It was the best thing I’ve undertaken when I joined the Healthcare Ministry. It has been a joy to go into the Rehab & Dementia Wards and sing to patients – many are elderly and some are there for months.
Over the years I’ve seen God’s hand at work even in these most dismal conditions. As the music wafts along the corridors and into the rooms, we will find patients getting out of their beds to check out where the music was coming from. Quite often we have a gathering of patients singing along or just enjoying the music in the corridor.
Late last year, a visitor requested “Amazing Grace” for her dying mother. The following week we were told that her mother died peacefully and she appreciated very much our timely visit to the hospital.
A few months ago, we sang to a 92 year old non-believer. We prayed over him and he ended up giving his life to Jesus. And a female patient, who had never made a commitment, requested a prayer and repeated the “sinner’s prayer” – Hallelujah!
It is such a joy to be able to sing of God’s goodness, grace and mercy. I have seen eyes that looked sad and defeated, light up when we show up and they return to their beds feeling happier and with spirits lifted up. We thank God for giving us this special gift to serve Him in this manner – to many who face a hopeless & bleak future, yet now have renewed hope and faith in our amazing Abba Father.