MUSTARD SEED SERVICE 陈杰恩
I joined COR when I was 11 years old. I was reluctant and disoriented, as I had grown up in another church and had close friends there.
About a year later, I was admitted to KKH for the last of 11 surgeries that I had undergone over 12 years. This was my final major corrective surgery. I had been diagnosed from birth with a defect known as severe hypospadias, an abnormal development of the urethra. It was a troubling time for my family, and the surgery was a traumatic experience for me.
What I did not expect were visitors from COR. As I was relatively new to the church, it was a big surprise for me. My visitors were the teachers from Sunday School. Through the years, visitors were a rare sight during my surgeries, so I did not expect this much care to be shown, especially to someone who was still new to COR.
Not only that, I found out that my parents' cell group had been praying for me throughout my entire hospital stay, which lasted around a month, and even during my entire recovery period at home. Their prayers and God’s grace carried me through my final surgery. This was the beginning of COR becoming my second home.
Two years ago, I was in a darker place. I contemplated self-harm and experienced suicidal thoughts, and almost allowed those demons in my mind to materialise on a school trip. This was a part of myself I had hidden away for some years, but when I began to open up about it, the church was more than supportive. One member recommended my current psychologist to me, and I had the support of my cell group, along with the prayers of my parent’s church friends.
Now, I have reached a point where I can share openly. I have definitely grown as a person since I joined COR. I’ve been attending MSS for around 5 years now and am serving in church. COR is a second home to me, established by the many experiences that I have gone through, and the support of many members in COR. I am truly thankful that God placed me here.
This article first appeared in Issue 20, December 2019 CHORUS Magazine.