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TESTIMONIES

HOW GOD TRANSFORMS LIVES

TESTIMONY BY STEPHANIE KOO

Good morning everyone. My name is Stephanie, mother of 3 wonderful kids namely Trina, August and Trinity... I feel very excited today to share my encounter with God with all of you...

I guess to many people in church I look like a very normal person... Maybe just a bit short tempered... But most people still don’t know my old life – how bad or wretched I was.... I used to be a hardcore addict. What kind of addict? Well... Addicted to smoking, alcohol and drugs.

I came from a broken family. I started smoking at the age of 12 and my addiction grew from bad to worse after l left school at 17. Cos school days very difficult to get cigarettes since govt imposed a law on the legal age to buy them. My highest record was smoking 4 packs of cig a day which was like a daily routine to me... It was also then that Hokkien became my “first language”.

My addiction to alcohol began after I started working... Almost every day without fail, I would go for drinks at pubs and discos and ended up very drunk in quite a few occasions. At the same time I also come in contact with drugs... First was ecstasy, then I “upgraded” to cocaine, marijuana and ice (A classy drug) you name it... Initially it was for fun but gradually I became a hardcore addict. In those days when I was taking ice, I could locked up myself in the room for 48 hours! Over time, my addiction became so bad that I even went into trafficking drugs! I was too young and naïve. It didn’t occur to me that if I were caught, I could have been sentenced to death. All I wanted then was free drugs and good, easy money.

But thanks be to God, my old life started to change when I became pregnant with my 1st child Trina... During the pregnancy, my desire for drugs, alcohol and cigarettes somehow vanished.... I don’t even crave for those things at all... At first I thought, “Wow! My willpower is strong” so I can actually give up all my addictions just like that. I used to think that it was all my self-effort that I am now free from addiction...But after I saw and heard many people around me wanted to get out from their addictions but always struggled very badly and failed ... They just kept going back to the same old paths... I realized that there’s something more than just willpower. Then one day, I heard some testimonies from former drug addicts at Breakthrough Missions, which is a Christian drug rehab halfway house, I realized that my victory over the addictions wasn’t really my willpower at all... It was actually God who rescued me... In His grace and mercy, God had made it easy for me.... You see, I came to know God when I was 7 through my grandparents who brought me to church. Even though I later backslided, even though I have strayed so far away, God has never forgotten me.

Now looking back, I can testify to you that it is God who watched over me throughout the years, despite my past and my sins... Today, I’m glad that God has given me and my children a “New Beginning”. Last year, through Alice, my friend’s invitation, I visited her church at Queensway Shopping Centre. Today, all my 3 lovely kids also attend Shekinah. Trina, my eldest, just got water baptized this year.

Through it all, God has taught me one lesson: Miracles do happen if you believe in Him....

Let me end with my favorite verse from the Bible in Psalms 37:5 “Give yourself to the Lord; trust in Him, and he will help you.”

Thank you.


Stephanie Koo
1 October 2017

TESTIMONY BY LLOYD LIM

Putting God back into my life

Good morning brothers & sisters, glory & praises to our God. It is my pleasure to share my testimony with you today. My testimony is about putting God back into my life.

Before I start my sharing, I would like to give you some background about me. I was brought up by my aunt since I was 1 month old, despite there is a lot of love being showered by her and my cousins, I still feel a sense of rejection from my parents. As such I grew up with a lot of resentment and rebellion. I carried all these negativities with me into my marriage and parenting.

I accepted Christ about 20 years ago, but I do not have a serious relationship with God. God has blessed me over the years but I have always taken things for granted. For the last 4 years, I was living in the wilderness, I have completely cut off my relationship with God, I stop going to church, stop reading the bible & stop praising Him etc. I was walking in complete darkness, I started to sin against Him. Life without God is miserable, everything seen to fall apart, it affected my marriage, health, work & I even went into depression.

Beginning of this year, I made a decision to repent my sin to God, to reconnect & re-establish my relationship with Him. Now I start and end my day by reading and mediating his words and a simple prayer with thanksgiving. We can see that God is working in our family, relationship with my wife and children have improved and I am more patient and slow in anger now.

1. Our God is a powerful God who miraculously brought his people out of Egypt.
2. Our God is a God of Covenant who wants to have a relationship with his people.
3. Our God is a God of redemption who save his people from their sins.

Brothers & Sisters, if you are willing to put God first in your life, you can be free from your bondages as well. Thank you & God blessed.


Lloyd Lim
14 April 2017

TESTIMONY BY DAVID GAN

Hello everyone

My name is David and today I’ve decided to get baptised.

As a second generation Christian, you could say that I’ve always been exposed to God and I’ve never really had to fight for my faith in the way my parents did. I have had the privilege to see God work through me and my family in all these years, constantly guiding us through our troubles. God was never much of a priority though and although I believed in him, I never placed him in the centre of my life.

This was until a stressful period in my life when I entered Sec 4 and had to take the O level exams. Somehow, throughout the whole year of what was supposed to be the most daunting and tough year of secondary school life, I actually had the most fun and there was a certain peace that I had that kept my stress in check.

This reminded me of Philippians 4:7 which says “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This same peace carried me through the year and allowed me to be calmer and more at ease. I guess it is because God has continually shown himself to me that I have made the decision to journey the rest of my life with Him.

As I enter a new season in my life I want the peace that surpasses all understanding,God’s peace, to be with me as He aids me in overcoming whatever challenges life may bring. Therefore today I am committing my life to Him today.


David Gan
14 April 2017

TESTIMONY BY TRINA LIM SHI EN

I came to know about Jesus when I was 5 years old. I attended Sunday school every Sunday. Even though I knew about God's existence, I still sinned against God by telling lies and pushing the blame to other people.

I attended different churches' children services but I just went because I was supposed to as a Christian.

But over the years, I realised that shouldn't be the case. I was brought over to Shekinah on 22 May 2016 by the reccommendation of Auntie Alice, my mum's colleauge and friend as my previous chruch was on Saturdays but I was starting to have tuition on Saturdays as well. I started realising what it really means to be a Christian and thanked God for all the things he has given me.

After knowing Jesus, I stopped lying as often and developed an awareness of right and wrong. Even though I still sin, I pray to God asking for forgivness and hope that after this baptism , I will start a new life and grow into a faithful Christian and be obedient to God's word.

I want to thank my friends for coming and supporting me through every step and my mum who has always been there for me. I really appreciate all that you guys have done for me and I just want to say thank you for everything.

To end off, I'm going to recite a verse which is very meaningful to me. It is taken from Ephesians Chapter 1 verse 10. We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Amen.


Trina Lim Shi En
14 April 2017

TESTIMONY BY JING GONZALES

Good morning brothers and sisters. It is my pleasure to be standing before you today. I would like to thank the Lord for all his blessings and faithfulness in my life. My name is Jing and I have been attending Shekinah AG church since Dec 2013.

I have come to know Jesus in my grade school years through some relatives that were coming to our house and was doing Bible studies and have also learned to sing praise songs too. However for some reason my relationship with the Lord did not really grow.

When I came to Singapore, my first employer was also a Filipina and I would go with her to a catholic church on Sundays but I felt like something was missing. I was not happy so I decided not to go to her church anymore.

Homesickness brings me to join my friends by spending time in the malls and parks until I met Brother Jimmy and Sister Erlinda who were introduced to me by Sister Belen. I remembered watching them doing line dance in Orchard road together with other Filipinos. They invited me for the Christmas party and I can’t forget how warm and welcoming the people were. I instantly felt that I belonged to the church. It’s like finding or coming home to my family. So when they invited me to attend Sunday services, I never hesitated and I said yes. I have found peace and purpose in life. My prayer is to continue to grow in my relationship with Jesus with the guidance of you my dear brethren. I have decided to follow Jesus, so when brother Richard asked me if I will consider getting baptized, I said yes.

I will always be grateful to Brother Jimmy and Sister Erlinda for introducing Shekinah Assembly of God Church to me and always thankful to all of you brothers and sisters.

To God be the glory!


Jing Gonzales
24 April 2016

TESTIMONY BY JANETTE BEJARIN

Life is not all bed of roses. It has a lot of trials and challenges that make us either strong and weak, worthy or meaningles, peaceful or hopeless.Many factors are causing us to be lonely, insecure, desperate and frustrated.

This is a story of ‘someone’ whose life was full of darkness and worries but was able to see light through Jesus Christ. God has given her two sons whom she loved so much . So, to raise them up providing their financial needs, she has to leave for an overseas job in Hong kong as a domestic helper though with pain in heart and uncertain of the things to come. Troubles and hardships are always an experience and she become spiritually weak and powerless. She was badly influenced by some friends, going here and there for nonsense things. So much so that, she no longer can handle her temper which led her to misunderstandings and fights with people close to her and even family. Frustrated and insecure she has become, hopping from one church to another was just a past time. God was not her priority...until her employer decided to move her to stay in Singapore. She was excited but uncertain of what will her life be in this new destination. But God is there waiting to welcome her. Her close friend invited her to a place beyond her expectation. To her great surprise, its a church-Shekinah Assembly of God which gave her a very warm welcome. God has joyfully welcome her. She accepted”Jesus Christ” as her saviour and made a commitment.

Brothers and sisters, this “someone” is yours trully Janette, your sister in Christ. Yes! Through Jesus Christ, I find peace of joy, he is my saviour. He is my light unto my path. He is my everything. I have no other God, but him. 2corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation-the old has gone, the new has come.

I say “Thank you” to all of you brothers and sisters of Shekinah family.Our beloved Pastor and his wife for this the day that the lord has made.we will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank you sis Ella for bringing me to this church, and to our dearest leaders in Filipino cell group Bro Jimmy and Sis Erlinda. Thank you for the guidance and care...and to my brother in christ Joel. Thank you for coming and for your support. Amen!


Janette Bejarin
17 April 2016

TESTIMONY BY JOSHUA WU

Before I came to know Jesus, I was always making excuses to cover up my mistakes by lying. I did not have the courage to own up to my mistakes. So to cover a lie I have to tell a bigger lie, so that I do not get scolded.

When I was around 6 years old, my father led me to the sinner’s prayer. And then after I attend Shekinah Kids faithfully. To me God is a shepherd and He has helped me defeat my fear of the dark. When I was younger at night every shadow that I come across becomes a creepy creature like a ghost.

I have wanted to be baptised for a while and I prayed to God and seek the approval from my parents. My parents were very supportive and encourage me to go ahead. Ever since I started to know Jesus I felt more secure. I realised that by telling the truth I have been set free from lies.

Baptism is all about leaving my old life behind and being set free from sins. Now I got a new life in Christ and having a new community where I can grow in character and obedience to the Lord. Praise the Lord, Amen!


Joshua Wu
5 April 2015

TESTIMONY BY EDRIC TAN

Hello everyone. So as you know, I am going to get baptised today and this is my testimony. I have grown up in a christian environment all my life, from queenstown good shepherd kindergarten to fairfield primary and secondary. The idea of christ was never something new with the daily devotions in the respective schools, but it is never something that truly sets in till you experience christ for yourself. For me, that was around the age of 9 or 10. That was when my brother was first rushed into the hospital. For those that do not know, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and has been through 4 operations now. I still remember that day. I was still in school and only found out everything when I got home. I was told by my parents that he couldn't wake up as much as they shook him and his face was completely pale. That was a turning point for my whole family as my parents had Christian friends that came by to pray for my younger brother. We experienced a number of miracles throughout that season, such as how the doctor said that he might not make it through the night after his first operation, but he's alive and well with us today.

Ever since then, I've always been reassured to know that our lives have and will always be in his hands. No matter what obstacles or struggles we may face, we just need to lay in down at his feet. I know that he is always around despite the sinner I am. Since I've accepted Christ, I began to have a new perspective on many things. I've become more appreciative of what people do for me. I begin to notice things and realize that, hey. I really don't deserve all of this. God's blessings are everywhere. Along the way, many people have come along to teach me, guide me and show me how God's love is for us. One main lesson I've learnt through my years as a christian is to take rest in the wisdom of God. He might say no, he might ask you to wait. But you never really understand the reasons behind his decisions till you get the chance to look at things in hindsight. I just feel so blessed by it all and with all these in mind, I have decided to get baptised today and live a renewed life. Thank you.


Tan Chin Yuan Edric
18 April 2014

BROKEN BY SINS, TRANSFORMED BY GRACE

With unusual courage, this man chose to tell the truth even when it hurts him. Because he chose to walk in integrity before God, today he’s enjoying intimacy with God, the peace of God, and the blessings of God!

“I first got exposed to pornography images at the age of 13 and was on and off indulged with sexual sins. It was very difficult for me to get out of this bondage despite the many methods used. I didn't know that it is so much easier to be set free when I chose to bring this sin out to light (expose it) by looking for an accountability partner… If I were to sum up one key thing that helped me in this victory, it will be "Bringing it out to light. Expose it. Confess it."

Proverb 28:13 – “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

The devil will surely tell you that this is crazy! Telling someone else about your dirty sins! You want to lose your reputation!? You want people to look down on you? You want to be despised? The devil cast all these thoughts into our mind because he KNOWS THAT confession is a VERY VERY Powerful weapon. He will do the best he can to discourage you. It is a tough step to take.

But take heart. Jesus took all our sins. All of them. He went before us. We won. Confession was just the beginning. Thank God by His daily provision, I am able to be realigned with God. By meditating on His Word, dwelling in His Spirit, Pray, Worship, Fellowship and Witnessing will then keep me from returning back to the old self. The devil hates them all. I understand this is a spiritual battle. I can only use spiritual weapons to defend and attack. The destruction is more serious than the battle of flesh and blood. But do not worry.

Matt 10:28 – “Do not be afraid of the one who can only destroy the body but cannot destroy the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in Hell.”

Be Vigilant. I've learnt not to take victories for granted. Because the devil prowls like a roaring lion, 24 hours keeping a look out looking for someone to be devoured. Hey! I'm not alone! “Learn to resist it! Stand firm in faith because I know that my brothers and sisters throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings!” (1 Pet 5:8-9)

Thank God by His grace and mercy, I received what I truly do not deserve. He took me, He cleansed me, He transformed me and He will carry me through. Be confident of this, that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)

TESTIMONY BY CAMELIA ANG

Six months ago, my mum was diagnosed with liver chirosis. But God is still good all the time.

Firstly, I want to thank God for His abundant grace. His mercies are new every morning!

Secondly, besides to thank my beloved husband, I also want to take this opportunity to thank Shekinah church family for praying together with us during this difficult season. Many of you have also visited my mum and planted seeds in both my dad and mum.

Praise the Lord! She finally accepted Christ 3 months ago, during her second hospitalization at NUH. That night when the doctors informed me that they would need to send her to the ICU, I was so afraid that I would lose her for eternity. But God graciously extended her life! Pastor led her to say the sinner's prayer not once or twice but three times over 3 different occasions just to be sure that she knew what she is doing. We even videoed her prayer as evidence of her decision.

Looking back, God has finally answered my prayer for her salvation after over 20 years. Praise God, my mum is now saved and I believe the salvation of my dad and brother are also near.

For many years, I could not see much light in any of them becoming Christians. In fact, I even went through some family persecution as a young Christian. I had thought that my mum, who was a staunch idol worshipper, would never be saved. But through persistent prayer and the gospel seeds repeatedly planted through various ways including some events organized by the Chinese Ministry, I now see the harvest. PTL!! I hope my journey will encourage those of you whose parents are still unsaved. Never give up hope because we serve a God who makes all things possible.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the church because you have helped to extend a warm welcome to my dad and mum when they came for those church events. Some of you even went as far as buying red beans from Taiwan to bless my mum.

Finally, I want to encourage you to invite your loved ones to the coming Parents' Day event on 25 May Saturday afternoon. Let's seize every opportunity to plant more seeds. If we do our part, I believe God will give us the courage and favor we need. All glory be to God!


Camelia Ang

TESTIMONY BY DIANN NATASHA

My life was never the same again the day i went out for an outing trip to Sentosa with a bunch of friends from there@queensway, which is a youth hangout. my friend john, asked if I was interested to attend a church service with him along with a fellow facilitator, Carlos which I agreed.

When I was younger, I was often bullied in school as my classmates would mocked at me and made me the brute of the joke in class. Scarred by the remarks that they made, I felt rejected and often had thoughts of ending my life. I never felt good about myself and was afraid of disappointing anyone.

As I walked along the aisle into the church’s auditorium, there was an unusual sense of love and peace that filled the atmosphere. The people were friendly and they even greeted me as I walked towards my seat. I was starting to like the place very much! Towards the end of the service, john asked if I wanted to accept Jesus as my Savior when the pastor gave the alter call. However, I said no because I was afraid of my parent’s objection to become a Christian.

On the 24th December 2012 which was also my birthday. I was again invited to a Christmas service held at the Teen Challenge Halfway House known as DARE Centre. At first I thought it was going to be just another service but when Ms Christine Lim, the guest speaker came to share about the Word of God and her life testimony, I was shocked because her testimony resonated with what I went through when I was younger. Once again, the alter call was given but this time I agreed because I felt it was the right time. Tears kept streaming down my face when I stood at the front of the stage to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

Today, I am a happier and I thank God for the godly friends that I have made in there@queensway. I can look forward to a new beginning because I know my God has a plan and a future for me!


Diann Natasha

MY BAPTISM TESTIMONY BY BENJAMIN LYE

My life began as a Taoist, following my parents to temples to worship idols. The first church that I've attended was City Harvest Church when I was in Primary five. I went there because my parents found a tuition service there. I went for even the worship services without knowing what I was doing. Quitting the tuition services in the church after some time, I went back to my Taoist life. In the year 2011, one of my best friends Clement Koh, first talked to me about Christianity after watching our first movie together. However, at that time, I had a stereotypical mindset that it's just another Christian trying to gain points for his religion.

It was after a few weeks that I started to, I didn't know why, but I recalled on what Clement had said to me. It made sense to me, and this sparked a decision in me to find the truth. I started with the religion that I was in, Taoism, then Buddhism. I then went to explore the other religions including Islam and even Judaism, learning about their cultures and beliefs, including some other religions. I studied about Mohammad, Guatama, Jesus Christ and more, even hearing the perspectives from people of different religions. After a long time and tons of research, the only remaining result was Christianity, everything that I found was a fact with zero contradictions, I went through the debates, and more than two religions had confirmed the fact that Jesus Christ had existed.

Now that I found the true north, I started to learn even more about Jesus Christ and His life. I started to read a few more Bible quotes online as I do not have a Bible yet. One that really touched my heart is Matthew 5:44 "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you". School ended, Clement and I went separate ways. After additional research and effort to find the truth, my result was still only Christianity, and so I decided to give it a try. In about halfway through the year 2012, I called Clement and went to his house. Clement’s mother, now my godmother, then told me that she had this feeling that someone would come to her house on that day. They prayed for me and Clement gave me his New Life Kit book to study.

I went to the church that Clement had attended, the Shekinah Assembly of God. During my first visit on 9 September 2012, I find the people there very different. They don't treat me like a stranger, but were very friendly and welcoming. I don't feel alone at all. That was also the time when I met my church mates and the pastor who helped me to grow over time. I've been attending church regularly ever since. On my second visit, 16 September 2012, where I had received my first Bible from pastor and met Bro Carlos, and have since been attending the Tuesday Connection and Youth Cell Group. Bro Gerald Koh also helped me in my New Life Kit studies. My life was changed, praise God!


Benjamin Lye

MY BAPTISM TESTIMONY BY THUY

1) My life before I came to know Jesus?
Before I came to know Jesus, I lived a very simple life. Every day, I will to go work come back home, have dinner with my family and sleep. And the next day, I will do the same things all over again. However, sometimes I always want to help the poor people in my heart, but I just do not know how to.

2) How I came know Jesus?
I came to know Jesus through Weiye. After we know one another, he brought me to a local church in Ho Chi Minh City. When I first go to church, I felt very comfortable. The people there are nice to me. They started to teach me more about who is Jesus and they also encouraged me a lot.

3) What has happened since I came to know Jesus?
Ever since I go to church, I learnt how to pray to Jesus. Got one period, my mother health is not so good. I began to pray for her. Few days later, I called her to ask her how her health is. She told me that she is feeling better. Then I started to believe that Jesus hears our prayers. Lastly, helping the poor is always what I dream to do. Now, I know that it is no longer a dream, because I will be doing it together with Weiye. It is not easy, but what I need to do is to put our trust in Jesus.


Tran Thi Thanh Thuy

MY BAPTISM TESTIMONY BY CHIA SIANG HWA

I did not wish to look back but God prompted me to share openly with my immediate family and friends on Good Friday…

I am the eldest child in a traditional family where my father was the sole breadwinner. Since young, I have been well-trained in setting a good example for my 3 younger siblings and helping my parents to take care of them. We believe in Taoism.

Then I met Xue Yan’s father in NUS, where we studied together for 6 years. We got married soon after we started teaching. Xue Yan came along in the 4th year of our marriage, after much difficulty conceiving. We believe in our hard work in life.

When Xue Yan was about 14 months old, I discovered his father’s inappropriate relationship with his graduating student, an 18-year-old girl whom he just taught for only 10 months. I was devastated. I tried my best to rebuild my trust in him and save our marriage, but he continued to lie and insisted on going his own way. I was miserable and bitter.

There was no peace in me till a friend brought me to church in 2004. I prayed for healing and Xue Yan’s father to return home, but the situation did not get any better. My ex-husband was blinded by his quest for freedom. For the sake of my innocent and growing son, I decided to let go in 2005, and focus on our lives with our heavenly father.

Thank God for the strength and courage to move on as a single parent in the past 9 years. I would also like to thank my parents, siblings, relatives and friends who have supported me as I climbed out from the dark valley.

On this joyous day of being re-born with my beloved son, in the presence of my immediate family and dear fellow Shekinians, I would like to say: I lost a man who no longer loves me but I found God's enduring and everlasting love. Hallelujah!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 (NKJ)


Thank you.


Chia Siang Hwa Megan
29 Mar 2013

MY BAPTISM TESTIMONY BY LOW XUE YAN

My mum brought me to church and through that, I got to know Jesus.

Now I am more caring. E.g. Last time when my mum was coughing, I didn't go forward and care for her. But now, I will.

Thank you.


Low Xue Yan Andrew