“…. Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.” (Isa 49:15)
Attaining tertiary education used to be a dream beyond my reach. I grew up in an environment where there was neither riches nor abundance. In recapitulation, I recall vividly that during my childhood days, I started making my own toys out of unwanted materials that people discarded. For instance, building a “life-sized” piano out of card boards and papers, writing on the glass panels of our old display cabinet trying to imitate the action of a teacher, role playing a shop keeper manning a mini mart with racks of recycled paper milk boxes, empty soft drink bottles, empty magi noodle plastic bags and so forth. Though these were small little things I did during childhood, I derived much joy and satisfaction when playing and sharing about them.
Life had been simple without frills as mom struggled to make ends meet. Satisfying our three meals became the main objective of all her hard work. Dad had been staying out of family affairs since a couple of business failures during my early school days. To make matter worse, he began to develop a series of vices such as drinking and gambling thus landing the family into heavy debts. I recollected memories of a few relocations, dad coming home drunk and violent, anticipation of heavy door knocks, threatening messages and splashing of paint by the loan sharks. Mom, my sister and I – all living in fear and uncertainty. Life then, was a turmoil.
At the age of fourteen, I started to work part-time at a relative’s factory in order to ease the burden of my mom. The situation back then made it almost impossible for me to even harbour any hope for the future, not to speak of making plans to fulfil my dream. Gradually, it became a dormant desire that was buried deep in my heart.
Today, I am privileged to be able to share my achievement giving all glory to God. I am eternally grateful to Him. Who was my strength, Provider and Saviour? In February this year, I successfully completed the last module of my post graduate program and graduated with a Master in Counselling Degree with distinction – an honour that didn’t occur to me in the past.
I spent nearly twelve years to upgrade myself academically, studying part-time and working full-time, holding onto the belief that my perseverance will pay off one day. God has not only made a way for me, he has also given me a vision for my future – that is to help those who are needy with the knowledge that I have gained from my experience and studies. Just as what was stated in Isaiah 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” God had specially crafted out my future according to His good purpose (Philippians. 2:13). Praise be to our God Almighty! Hallelujah!
From a secondary school leaver, He had given me opportunities to upgrade and in 2012, I had the honour to be admitted into the Master program as a research student. Who am I to deserve all these? By His grace, what I had asked for were granted (Matthew 7:7). He took my hands gently and guide me step by step towards my final destination, which was His will for me – a ministry to do counselling. Although the process may be tough, it was not impossible. God answers the prayers of the righteous and faithful (Mark 11:24).
This testimony is to encourage fellow brothers and sisters who are students and working adults. In the midst of pursuing your dreams or ambition, obstacles and setbacks are inevitable. It is because of these ups and downs that your life is enriched as you slowly discover the different milestones that will lead you to a deeper understanding of self and the mission that God had called upon you. Do not be discouraged by your current circumstance for it is going to be a breakthrough in time to come. I like to bless you with one of my favourite slogan “success through perseverance.” Bear in mind, the only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.
Before I pen off, I wish to extend gratitude and appreciation to the Lord for my hubby and both parents-in-law for without whom I would not have been able to complete my studies successfully. Thank you once again for your constant support and encouragement. Not forgetting my little baby, Cadence, thank you for bringing so much joy into mummy’s life, instilling much momentum when studies get dry. Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to all fellow brothers and sisters who are always praying for me. I thank God for sending you into my life. I love all of you!
At His Service
PS: Pastor Carrine Ng is both a Professional Counsellor and serves in Trinity Community Centre Singapore as a Christian Counsellor. She is now counselling parents and young children and teens effectively with great results. She may be contacted at Tel: +6590901894.
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