|The FISHERS Magazine (Issue 233)|
Rejected by Man, Accepted by God
A note from Dixie Chua: In 1999 I looked for part-time help to do cleaning jobs in my home. A sister in my church introduced her part-time helper to me. She told me that this person is a Christian, very reliable and hardworking, but she was already 65 years old. I gave her a try. Since then, she has worked for me for almost twenty years. Her faithfulness towards God as well as men has always encouraged me, so I penned her testimony for the glory of God and the encouragement of fellow believers. Twice a week when I wake up in the morning and hear the washing machine running, I know that Siew Eng has arrived and she is helping me to do all my chores. I say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for such a wonderful sister-in-Christ who has rendered invaluable help to me for the past twenty years and counting! Praise the Lord!
Rejected at birth
Started work as a child
They often went to the temples to worship all kinds of idols and once, they took me along with their children. I was asked to bow down to those fierce-looking figures, but due to fear, I refused to worship them. Since I was only six years old, they left me alone and did not force me to go with them again. In retrospect, I thank God for preventing me from bowing down to the idols to dishonour Him.
A year later, by God's providence, my adopted father came to know a Christian couple who were looking for someone to do housework and take care of their children. Since they were educated and kind, he thought that I could have a better future working for them. So, I was sent to the household of Mr and Mrs Wong to work while other children of my age were attending school and enjoying their childhood. Mr Wong was a school principal and Mrs Wong treated me kindly. Whenever she had the time, she would teach me how to read and write. When I was a little older, they allowed me to attend school in the afternoon. I tried to learn as much as I could until I reached Primary Six at the age of fourteen. Then I had to stop attending school because I was working and I could not follow the lessons which were too difficult for me.
Received the Lord as a teenager
New life in Singapore
When Mr and Mrs Wong's children were older, they allowed me to take on part-time jobs outside their home. I even took up a six-month course in dress-making and I did so well that my instructor asked me to work full-time for him. When I consulted Mrs Wong, she refused to let me go because she strongly believed that God had something better in store for me. Thank God for her insightful advice.
Thirty-eight years in the Bible College
I had no family and no place to go after graduation, but the Lord provided a job for me as a superintendent in the Bible school to take care of the physical running of the school. God was good to me in giving me many friends and I developed close relationships with many students. Some of them helped me in my studies and others laboured with me in evangelism. I was also given the opportunity to learn to play the piano and that proved to be useful in outreach ministries later. God has given me a good voice to sing for Him, so I joined the choir and sang in many of the evangelistic meetings. What a joy it has been to be able to serve the Lord all my life. I was often asked why I did not get married and have a family of my own. There was once an eligible young man who courted me when I was in my twenties but I rejected him because I wanted to serve the Lord unhindered. And the Lord honoured my decision.
My retirement years
Every weekend, I travel to Malaysia by bus to join a group of brethren I came to know during Bible school days to worship the Lord and to teach Sunday school to children in the neighbourhood. I am in my eighties now and I thank God for giving me strength to continue working for people and to serve the Lord wherever He leads me. I do not know what the future holds for me but I know God holds my future in His hand. I can testify that “…he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame” (1 Pt 2:6b).
I was rejected by man at birth but God chose me to be His handmaid for His service! May I never forget, “You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You!” (Ps 118:28). All praise and glory be given to His Name! He will never reject those who put their trust in Him!