My Transformation // 我的改變

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Editor’s Note: The story was sent to us from Joanna, the team lead at Rahab Ministry. Rahab Ministry reaches out to women in the sex trade in the GTA. Ming Ming (not her real name) shares with us her journey and how God used the team at Rahab to reach out to her. It was translated to English by Joanna.

When I came to this remote and unfamiliar country, I thought I would have a new start. I never imagined how difficult it was. This strange new place overwhelmed me. However, I met Joanna and her colleagues in a chance occasion. They are workers specialized in helping people who are facing difficult situations. I gradually adapted this new environment with their help.

One day, Joanna took me to a church but I had no idea what church meant. I heard people sang songs I’ve never known but those songs gave me peace. Further, people in the church are so welcoming. Their faces always shine with joy and peace. I was amazed. How could they do it? Thereafter, I went to church regularly. I learned that their faith gave them joy. When I was in China, I did not know Jesus or the gospel because we believed in a different religion – Buddhism. At first, I was not interested to explore if Jesus really existed. I did not care if He is real. I thought people in the church just “divinized” him. Nevertheless, the love of the church’s sisters melted my heart. They helped me understood that even we are sinners, God still loves us, just as parents love their children. We love because God loves us first. I love this song very much and it is named – Unrelenting Love

(lyrics) I heard that the love of this world never lasts. Eventually love always ends. In this world love is about possession. Like fireworks it shines only a few seconds. But I believe love never fails. When I met You I have no want. Unexplainable, unfathomed love lasts from generation to generations.

Then, I attended an Alpha course. This course was very meaningful. It helped me knew Jesus more. I committed to Jesus in an outdoor meeting. I did not know how I found the courage to stand up. I guess it must be the proverbial “filled by the Holy Spirit!” I used to say how I could believe if I never experienced God. Now I asked, “How much time a person has in a lifetime? Should I wait until I reach seventies or eighties?” I am grateful that I’ve known Christ when I am still young. After I committed my life to Jesus, they gave me a scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5:17)

Life always has ups and downs. Sooner or later, one will experience pain and suffering. Raw jade needs to be cut to become a gemstone. At first, I thought when I believe in Jesus, my life will be pain free. This belief is incorrect. In fact, we suffer so that Jesus can lead us not into temptation, and we can face suffering with courage. Therefore, we must pray without ceasing. Even we pray for a long time and have no result, I have faith that my God will keep us.

If you are in suffering, this song, “When you have no strength to go on” will help you:

(lyrics) When you have no strength to go on; when you feel lonely, empty and anxious, believe in God that He will help you; He will take away your troubles and pains

When I felt drained and don’t know how to go on, I will listen this song. It gives me strength and keeps me going. Trials and troubles are unavoidable but in Christ we will sail through.

Now I know why their faces always shine with joy and peace. It is because whatever situation we are in, God loves us deeply; He keeps us always.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4: 17-18

If you’re interested in serving with Rahab Ministry, skip to the bottom for some information.

當我來到了這個陌生的國家,原以為來這裡是一個新的開始,可沒想到這一切并沒有我想象中的容易,陌生的環境讓我不知所措。在一個偶然的機會,我認識了Joanna和她的同工。她們是專門幫助一些有困難的人的一個機構,在她們的幫助下,我逐漸適應了這個新環境。

有一天Joanna說帶我去教會,當時的我還糊里糊塗的,不知道是什麼,但當我聽她們唱的詩歌,那些是我從來沒聽過的歌,但它卻有一種令人心情平靜的感覺,而且教會的人都很熱情,他們臉上時常洋溢著喜悅和平安。這讓我充滿了好奇,他們到底是怎麼做到的呢?之後我一直都有去教會,原來這是她們的信仰,以前在國內我并不知道什麼是主,什麼是福音,因為我們所拜的是佛,跟她們的大不一樣,剛開始的時候,沒想過去探討祂到底是否存在,也沒想了解祂是真是假,這也許是她們把祂神聖化了而已。但是時間長了,教會的姐妹的熱情,讓我的心融化了,她們讓我明白了即使我們是罪人,神也會愛我們,就像父母愛自己的兒女一樣,我們愛,是因為神先愛我們。我很喜歡的一首詩歌《愛是不保留》,它的歌詞是這樣的:

常聽說世界愛沒長久 那裡會有愛無盡頭      塵俗的愛只在乎曾擁有 一刻燦爛便要走
而我卻確信愛是恆久 碰到了祢已無別求      無從解釋不可說明的愛 千秋過後仍長存不朽

之後我參加了啟發課程,我覺得這個課程很有意思,它是讓我們更多地了解耶穌,而我也是在這個課程的一次戶外聚會決志了,當時我也不知道怎麼就鼓起勇氣站了起來,這也許是他們所說的被聖靈充滿了吧。我總說沒經歷過怎麼可以相信,其實人生有多少個十年呢?難道要七老八十了才相信嗎?我所慶幸的是在我年輕的時候可以相信主,在我決志了的時候,他們送了這樣一段經文給我:「若有人在基督裡,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,都變成新的了。」(哥林多後書5:17)

人的一生不可能都是平坦的,每個人都有經歷苦難的時候,即使是一塊美玉,它也要經過琢磨才會變得有價值的。剛開始我也以為相信耶穌了,以後的路必變平坦,原來不是的,我們所遇到的苦難只是耶穌讓我們不必遇見試探,讓我們變成即使遇到苦難也可以堅強的面對,所以我們要常常祈禱,或許有時候我們祈禱很多次也沒有應驗,但我相信祂必會保守我們。

當你遇到苦難的時候,可以聽一下這首歌《當你走到無力》,歌詞這樣寫到:

當你走到無力繼續下去        當你感到寂寞困惱空虛
只要相信神隨時扶助你        願助你解開困惑拋開痛悲

每當我感到無力不知如何走下去的時候,我就會聽這首歌,它讓我有力量繼續走下去,人生遇到苦楚艱辛在所難免,但願靠著主耶穌安然渡過。

現在我終於明白他們為什麼臉上時常洋溢著喜悅和平安,因為無論身處任何境況,神都深愛我們,守望我們。

我們這至暫至輕的苦楚,要為我們成就極重無比、永遠的榮耀。原來我們不是顧念所見的,乃是顧念所不見的;因為所見的是暫時的,所不見的是永遠的。(哥林多後書4:17-18)

 *明明–不是真實名字

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