Hi everyone! I am Winnie in the drama you just saw and that was my story. I am happy to be able to stand here to share with you about how God has changed my life.
I do not come from a well-to-do family and I grew up in an environment where quarrels and fights at home were the norm. Some of these fights got so bad that the police had to be called in. Many nights, I would cry myself to sleep and wake up feeling so drained emotionally. I wondered how much longer did I need to stay in this family. Since an early age, I yearned to grow up faster so that I could earn money and live life independently from them.
At the age of 13, I decided to quit school and head out to work. School was never the best option for me as I was constantly bullied by my friends. They always looked down on me, teased me about my outward appearance and gave me names that really made me feel unworthy and lousy about myself.
I remember once after school, when I was at home, I stared in the mirror and asked myself why I deserved such a life. I found myself screaming at the mirror and crying uncontrollably—I just couldn’t stop. I really felt I had lost everything—that I had nothing.
Things started to take a turn when I got to know a friend, Wanying, who reached out to me and brought me to church. People in church gave me love I’ve never felt before; they took care of me. Everything felt so strange and foreign, but I knew that they accepted me for who I was. That was when I started to go to church and cell group meetings every week. And this was where I really discovered the love of a family.
After being in church for a while, I remember meeting my leader, Pastor MJ, who challenged me to go back to school. At first, I was afraid that I would be bullied again. But with much encouragement from my leaders, I plucked up my courage and decided to appeal for a course in ITE. ITE rejected my 3 appeals due to my secondary school results. However, on my 4th appeal, I got into a course in ITE central!
Throughout my 2 years in ITE, as I purposed to shine for Jesus, I found favor with my teachers, made a lot of good friends and received up to $3,000 of bursary in cash for doing well for my academics. I got into the top 10% of my cohort and made it into the Directors list! I scored a high GPA of 3.85 and was offered a position in Republic Polytechnic upon graduation.
But more than that, God gave me a vision to lead other youths! It is my desire to show them that if God can use me, He can surely use them! It started with me reaching out to 3 youths—just by small acts of kindness and inviting them to attend Cell Group meetings. Who would have guessed that the 3 of them would grow to be 13 of them today! Truly, nothing is impossible with the power of God that works within us!
Today, I am leading this group of youths and it would not have been possible if I had not met God. Who knew that He could turn my life around to be a blessing to the next generation? And I believe God for all of you, that if He can use me, He can use you too.
I want to thank my leaders Ps MJ and Ps Ed for believing in me, and my CG, for never giving up on me! We only have one life to live, let’s live it fully for Jesus!