The first few weeks I was in Wollongong, I didn’t like it as it’s a very small city, not fun, hence I “ran away”. Every weekend, I would go to Sydney to stay with brother and attended the church there. Although I knew that God has placed me in Wollongong and I should be planted where I am placed but you know the prayer “if it is possible, let this cup pass from me” . So, I asked God again and again, you know what? No answer.
After about 1-2 months, I surrendered. God win, me lost! Not as I will but as You will. So, I decided, BOCMC Wollongong(*)!!
Well, let me continued with this: I really enjoyed my time in Wollongong especially with BOCMC Wollongong. Not exaggerating but truly it was one of the happiest moments in my life. I enjoyed the friendship, fellowship, ministry, discipleship, fun, walking out in the middle of the night (especially during winter) to Ahmed’s kebab for supper, Wollongong fish n chip (I would be bias but it is the best fish n chip), fishing at the North beach, BBQ, fetching people for church service and cell group. It was just so much fun.
Even during certain period where I worked part time in Sydney, I would come back by late Saturday nite so that I could attend church service at BOCMC Wollongong. It’s a place where I called home. Although I wanted to stay in Australia after graduated but God has another plan. Here I am now in Singapore, met my wife, happily married with 1 boy and working at one of the world’s largest bank.
One thing I know for sure is that our lives are never an accident / mistake. God is in control in every situation and all the time. He knows what’s best for us and wants the best for our lives. Rom 8:28.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ko Jang Kwee and Ci Jiau Jiau for opening up your house for me during my first 2-3 weeks while looking for place to stay. Thank you for have taken a good care of me during my days in Wollongong. I really appreciate and grateful of your kindness and good life example. God bless!
Henry & family are now settled in Singapore, attend and involve in ministry at City Harvest Church, Singapore.
(*)Life Centre Wollogong is previously called BOC or BOCMC Wollongong