Ten years ago I came to Australia as a backpacker and met up with some old friends in Melbourne.
A very nice couple, Jimmy and Janet, showed me around. The first stop was a Crossway service where I first realised they were Christians. Even at that time I could feel peace and joy with this church.
By 2018, I was a resident here with two sons aged five and three. By chance I came across Melissa, who happened to be a Crossway member, and she invited me to come along to hear more about Jesus. We all felt it was quite a coincidence and now realise it was part of God’s plan – God was going to show me His awe and wonder through a great occurrence in my life!

After a few visits to church early this year, my doctor told me that my x-ray scan showed a tumor and further diagnosis was needed. A week later, accompanied by my husband and friends, I was told the very bad news of my already spread lung cancer.

What followed next was a period of grave darkness. I felt very confused, angry and heartbroken. I could not get to sleep and kept thinking about my death. I called out the ambulance service three times. Satan was killing me, not by taking my life yet but through my fear.

In hospital I was about to collapse as I lost control of my breathing, then God suddenly showed me a beam of white light and asked what I wanted from Him. I answered Him: “Please give me breath and make me strong again; I want to live on well.” In a matter of seconds I felt I was coming back. God really saved me through my prayers. Now I really know God is so real.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Since that comeback I have been undergoing various treatments. My body has been weak but the Holy Spirit has been with me and keeps reminding me to stay with the church. I accepted Jesus and He became my Saviour, thank God!

I pray daily for my own peace and faith. It will not be easy ahead but I know God will be with me. We are not by ourselves, God has a plan for every one of His children.

I am quite settled these days. Despite worries and hardship I know God will take care of me and He is using me to spread the Gospel to my mother and family.

Thank God I am getting baptised today, together with my mother, Amy. Indeed, for a long time God has been taking good care of me, even before I came to Jesus.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)