My Journey of Believing in the Lord
Sis Hong Lee Yip
Manchester Place of Worship, UK
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I testify.
This is my recollection of how I became a church member. It was in the year 1999 when I met a church sister named Sylvia Ho at university. As we became friends, we started to talk about the topic of God. I had always believed in a higher power, though I never found one that fulfilled my expectations. My parents are Buddhists, and so that was my belief, until I met Sis Sylvia and started reading the Bible. Everything I read in the Bible fulfilled what I was searching for, in wisdom and understanding. Only then did I feel for the first time a sense of peace and relief. Come to think back on it now, I truly believe that God prepared His way for me to find the True Jesus Church. My journey in life had just begun, and many things were about to happen. I am grateful for Him to be by my side.
At the end of high school, I applied for universities in Leeds and Manchester. However, for some reason, there were problems with my applications to Leeds. Whilst this was happening, I was offered unconditional acceptance to Manchester. This meant I was accepted regardless of what grades I would get for my A-levels. Manchester was one of my first choices anyway, so without much thought as to whether Leeds would accept me or not, I went to study in Manchester. It was there that I met Sis Sylvia.
Then, after the first year of university, just after meeting Sis Sylvia, I became really ill. That summer, I was about to return for my second year of university. I was vomiting immediately after anything I ate and had diarrhoea with blood clots and so was rushed to the hospital. I could not eat for a few months, as the doctors were running tests. The doctors could not tell what was wrong with me, even though on scans they found something in my small intestines. They had to wait till the diarrhoea stopped to operate on me and see what was in my small intestines. After surgery and testing, they finally found that I had lymphoma and decided to proceed with chemotherapy. Although sad at the time, I was determined to go back to university. Because life for me had only just begun, I was enjoying myself at university and did not want to give it up or be behind. I did not want the illness to stop my life. I told the doctors I wanted to go back to university. They were not sure at first, but in the end they allowed me to do so and arranged my chemotherapy sessions to fit around my university schedule.
Throughout this journey, I kept God close to my heart and read the Bible when I had the chance, even in waiting rooms whilst waiting for my chemotherapy to commence. I prayed a lot too. I know that at the time, I was being stubborn and not letting anything stop me from living my life at university, enjoying myself and having new experiences. Yet without God, I would not have had the strength to continue. Without God, I may not be alive today. I know He was with me every second, whenever I needed Him. There were many times that I wanted to give up. Studying whilst having chemotherapy was really hard as I was already behind with many assignments. When I was in lectures, I would almost fall asleep or feel like vomiting because of all the drugs. But somehow, I pulled through. Finally, I was given the all clear in February 2001 by the doctors. What was even more amazing, although I was supposed to have eight chemotherapy sessions, I only had six, which is the minimum. Thank God.
I received the Holy Spirit in 2002. I graduated university at the same time as Sis Sylvia, and it was beautiful to still be able to be in the same graduation ceremony. Then I was baptised in 2003 at Sunderland Church. Since being in church and also throughout my journey in life, I have met many, many beautiful souls and experienced many joyful moments that words cannot express. To feel and see before me the beauty of God’s works in everyone and everything around me is something truly amazing. I know there is more yet to see. Whether my journey now is a slow and boring one, or whether there are more trials to come, I will always keep God close to my heart.
May all glory and praise be unto our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.