I grew up in a Christian family. My grandparents were both Christians. Burning joss sticks and praying to ancestors were all done by “the others” but never by our family. But in a traditional Chinese family unit residing in a small town, this was practically unthinkable! As a child, I knew Jesus to be our Saviour from my grandparents, and we are to follow God for generations to come. As there were no churches in my hometown, I followed my auntie to be baptised in a church in another province when I was 13 years old, and when I was studying there. There,

I declared before the crowd that I believe in Jesus, and am willing to let Him be the Lord of my life and to follow Him all my life.

With God’s grace, I passed the university interview in 1998, and came to Singapore to study nursing with a scholarship. Others may find this strange: why would a medical student downgrade herself to study nursing instead? In fact, however, I did not want my parents to worry about money that they had to pay for my four years in medical school. That said, however, others may think that being able to study overseas is a cool thing. But there is nothing cool about it to me. I had never thought of being separated such a long distance from my parents, and to study in a country which is totally foreign to me. On the day I was set to depart, my parents left me with two things: the instruction to find a church to worship, and the RMB $500 that my father scrapped out for me.

There was no need to search hard for a church in Singapore. It found me instead. There were Christians among my mentors, lecturers, classmates and friends. I followed my senior to Calvary Pandan Church in Jurong East for regular worship and Bible study. These helped me grow spiritually. It led me to understand that a true Christian must read the Bible, pray and submit to God. Thus, the salvation of my father, brother and uncle had always been on my mind. They were fortunate to be born into a Christian family. If only they would humble themselves to follow God, they would have eternal life and salvation. Due, however, to many obstacles, they were still pondering about baptism. “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1). “‘Therefore,’ Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep . . . I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved’” (John 10: 7, 9). And now, my father, Feng Hai Xuan, is willing to enter the door of Jesus’ salvation with the help of Pastor Andrew Tan. I and my mother are tremendously happy. How could we not be happy? My mother and I are willing to transfer our memberships to Tree of Life Christian Church so that we could worship God, study the Bible and walk the path of heaven as a family. Amen!