My father worked in Sembawang Shipyard. As in the local tradition, ancestral and idol worship are a norm in those days for my parents. After my marriage my wife and I followed in my parent’s footsteps in ancestral and idol worship at home. Life after marriage is plain and simple, as any couple should be. Whenever I encountered trouble, I would head to the temple to pray. By doing this, these troubles seemed to fade away, my heart too, seemed to be put at ease as well.

When my father-in-law passed away, my mother-in-law started going to church. She had become happier and trouble free. My wife, too, followed my mother-in-law to church. She would come back happy, and would share with me how nice is it to believe in Christ. I saw how the brothers and sisters in Christ cared and loved my mother-in-law. However, I thought nothing of it then. Eight years ago when my mother-in-law was 92 years old, one week before she passed away, she told my wife that she saw heaven. It’s a beautiful place and she will be living there. One of the sisters in Christ came to visit her a week later and told my mother-in-law: “When death approaches, do not be afraid. We will meet again in heaven.” Not long after that, my mother-in-law left for her heavenly home with a smile and in peace, while talking to my wife. After that, my heart started to develop an insistent doubt: does heaven really exist?

Two years ago, I collapsed at home due to a blocked vessel, but was saved after emergency rescue measures. During my rehabilitation days, my body is very weak. I have difficulty with mobility, and my wife has to be there for me all the time. I felt so useless then, and death seems to be lingering around me. Since my admission until today, Pastor Andrew Tan from Tree of Life Christian Church and many brothers and sisters had been visiting me, caring for me, and sharing the gospel with me. When sister Lee Wah and sister Chen Ming visited me, they told me that I would experience peace and not be afraid of death if I believed in Christ. That set me thinking of the time of my mother-in–law, when she was so joyful with the hope of heaven when she became a Christian. In my heart, I had already put my trust in God. Once I asked sister Chen Ming, if heaven really existed. When she read to me the Bible’s description of heaven, it gave me even more confidence in believing that heaven exists.

Not long ago, when my wife brought up the subject of baptism, I made up my mind that it was time to get rid of all the idols in the house, and start believing in a true God. The one God that could forgive my sins, save me from being tortured in hell, and give me a hope in heaven. Therefore, I and my wife sought the help of Pastor Andrew to throw away the idols at our home. I believe in God and I want to get baptised! I thank God that my wife and I will have our baptism ceremony on the 29th July 2018 at Tree of Life Christian Church, to finally become children of God. From now onwards God will take care of us, give us peace to overcome the fear of death.