My Transformation // 我的改變
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
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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
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- Give to Rahab Ministry Christmas 2014 Donation Drive Click here (English & Chinese versions included)
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