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Jenny was invited to Chapel of the Resurrection (COR) by Rachel Ang in 2006, and attended her first Praise Fellowship Camp. She joined COR because she felt so welcomed and well taken care of. Michele had left COR earlier on, but because of a telephone call by Jermaine Toh in reaching out to her, she returned to COR in 2008.
Proverbs 27:9 “..the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice”
We were placed in the same cell group. Despite several changes including leadership and cell reformation, we got to know each other better. Being in the same stage of life helped in drawing us closer.
While we were still singles, we enjoyed life together, fondly remembering our rounds of girls’ fellowship, wine, parties etc. We not only lamented about our struggles and disappointments in life but we encouraged and prayed for each other too. Praying and waiting for a life partner then seemed like the most difficult prayer for God to answer.
Unexpectedly, God’s first wave of blessing for us came in the form of Joshua, who entered Jenny's life as her boyfriend. Meanwhile Michele was still waiting, and she wondered if God had forgotten her. Nevertheless, Jenny continued to believe and encouraged Michele that “it is going to be a matter of months.” Indeed, Jenny married Joshua in Nov 2010 and Michele married Alvy in Oct 2011, a difference of 11 months.
Hebrews 3:6 “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”
If the wait for a life partner was tough, our wait for a child was even longer and more torturous. We prayed and cried along with our friends and cell group. It was especially painful for both of us when we miscarried one after the other. We even thought that enough was enough and wanted to give up waiting, reasoning that perhaps that wasn’t God’s plan for us. But we remembered and often reminded each other about how God had blessed us in our struggle for a life partner, and continued to hold on to the hope.
Miraculously, both of us had a baby girl each one year apart. We are thankful to God for His blessings. Challenges will continue but God has blessed us with the gift of friendship. We will press on along life's journey to support and encourage one another.
丽君在2001年受 Rachel 邀请来到复活堂。她参与了第一次的 Praise Camp，因为感受到会友们的热情招待，决定加入复活堂的大家庭。孝琨离开复活堂后因为 Jermaine 的一通电话，受感动，于2008年重新回到复活堂。
This article first appeared in Issue 19, April 2019 CHORUS Magazine.