2 Peter 2:9
So God knows how to rescue the godly from evil trials. And he knows how to hold the feet of the wicked to the fire until Judgment Day.
Even after a whole year of being rooted in City Harvest Church, I have not regretted a single moment of it. It was in this place that I met the kindest people. I wasn’t the easiest person to love, in fact, I am one of the harder kind of person to love. I lived in my own cave of isolation for the longest period of time. I know nothing of loving people and mingling with people. When I first joined CHC, I was going through a tough season of transitions, and of losing someone closed to my heart. I was hardened on the inside and was not receptive to the people around me.
When I came, the people around me spoke of love so freely. They used love to break down my walls. My leader would be there for me every single time, using love to guide me. Even the times when I scolded her, when I shoved her away, she went down to my level to love me. And it is her love that make me vulnerable and soften my wounded heart. She went an extra mile to bring me out for dinner, went an extra mile to listen to me. She shared of her story with me. Even though I wasn’t pat of the crossover project 5 years ago, my leader was. She shared of the transformation she went through at the crossover because of the tangible presence of God. And that presence made her who she is today. And because of that, she was able to love me unconditionally. Hearing her story helps me to realize that this could only happen because of the team who believed that this crossover was part of God’s divine plan.
Shortly after being planted, I joined HarvestKidz. The leader who led me always remind me that everything that we do here starts from the leaders who had lay the foundations for us, who had burden for the kids and for our community. The more I begin to serve, the more I saw the heart of what my leaders had. And it all begin with one man, Pastor Kong, who saw the vision of building a church without wall, and kept holding on to it, serving the next generation. I am so deeply humbled to be part of this Church without walls. Being able to go out, reach out to the street kids, playing street soccer, bringing them to church on bus every weekend, and visiting the homes of the less fortunate kids in my area. It is not an easy task, but knowing that the pioneers of my ministry has done it, it became a compelling factor in my heart, to catch this vision and ultimately run this race with my leaders to serve God, and love His people.
I have never found a better platform for me to grow up, to love, to be vulnerable and ultimately to serve and reach out to people through the love of God other than in City Harvest Church. I was lost with a broken heart, yet this place so readily took me in, showered me with love, brought me closer to God and give me a dream and vision for my future. It is in this place that I found my stand and hope in God, and experience the love from my leader. Without Pastor Kong and the leaders who saw this vision, and run after it, spent years laboring into building a place for people to call home, I won’t be where I am today.
I might have ultimately been one of those girls who ended up in suicide, or being aimless, looking down on myself. This home, it helped me to become someone better. I was able to express my creativity without afraid of judgements, and I could always run back to this place for comfort. I was better trained and better equipped to help others with the love of God, because I experienced it here in City Harvest Church. And one day, I want to enter into full time ministry, serving the Lord and my leaders, safeguarding this home. The place where it is closes to heaven, and furthest away from hell. The place where broken hearts get restored, and the place where we would one day see our King.
There hasn’t been a day where I stopped thanking God for my leaders and City Harvest Church because of what they have done for me. My life is never the same again. And I would willingly lay down my life to serve the next generation. And go about doing what I do every week. Continuing doing the work of God, and being involved in my Father’s business.
I made this place my home.