On 26 October 2015, I was given a golden handshake by my previous employer. At that time, I was the company’s general manager.
To be honest, I felt relieved in a certain way and trusted God that something better was waiting for me. I felt prompted to start a consulting firm and tap into a specific skill I had. I also took on photography assignments to earn some income on the side, and it was amazing to see how Abba Father opened doors for me during this period.
That year, I was able to draw income from my consulting firm, photography assignments and from my role as an adjunct lecturer. I had tried to apply to teach in various universities before but never got an interview. But during this period, God opened doors for me to lecture in two universities.
However, my heart’s desire was to return to the workforce full-time. All in all, I applied for thousands of jobs and went for a couple of interviews, but nothing materialised. Even potential roles promised by a few of my friends fell through.
Over time, I was concerned that I would remain jobless. Although I was at rest in my heart and spirit, I felt that I could do more. Hence, I decided to take up a taxi licence and started driving in June 2016.
In the first two weeks of driving, I had to work for around 14 to16 hours a day. I became physically tired and began putting my hopes in some of the potential jobs which I felt I could stand a high chance.
While having lunch one day, I received disappointing phone calls informing me that the three potential jobs I had put my hopes on were closed doors. I felt really lost and began to tear up. I texted my wife who then called to encourage me. Her words lifted me up and pointed me back to Jesus.
It was then that I realised that I had been focusing on my situation and looking to men instead of looking to Jesus. Though I would take the time to seek the Lord, partake of the Holy Communion, speak in tongues and read Pastor Prince’s daily devotional and meditate on God’s Word, somehow along the way, I became restless and allowed my physical tiredness to overwhelm me.
I decided to take a week’s break and look for a relief driver to cover me in the day. I also made sure that I enjoyed myself and took each day as it came — trusting Abba Father for His provision.
Compared to most taxi drivers, my earnings were considered high. I thank God for His favour and protection. Even though no job opportunity arose, I kept reminding myself of Daddy God’s love for me believing that I could not fail in life because I am a child of the Most High God.
During this time, Daddy God kept pointing me to Genesis 39:2 that talked about Joseph being a successful man even though he was a slave because the Lord was with him. It also reminded me to be restful and that I am a successful man as along as God is with me. I am also thankful for my fellow ministry servers who encouraged me. Their love and fellowship had made my 2016 a memorable year.
Then on 1 September 2016, I drove to a hotel to queue for passengers. When I arrived, there were about 10 taxis in the queue. Deciding not to waste time waiting, I made a U-turn for the exit.
Just then, I got a booking request from the same hotel, and I made a bid for it. After winning the bid, I made my way in again to pick up the passenger. Interestingly, those taxis in the queue didn’t win the bid, and thankfully, the guest did not walk out of the main lobby. Otherwise, he would realise there was no need to book a taxi.
I picked up the passenger who is an American, and we chatted during the journey. He happened to work in a multinational corporation in the aerospace industry. It was his first time in Singapore and the last day before he flew home.
During the ride, I asked him if there was any job opportunity in his company and he asked me to email him my résumé. I did it right away after I alighted him at his destination. Thereafter, I didn’t think much of it and carried on with my daily routine.
Incredibly, he kept emailing me updates of my job application. Eventually, the head office in the United States (US) approved to increase one headcount in his department.
In mid-October, he flew back to Singapore to set up an interview with the Singapore management. He even took the time to have dinner with me to prepare me for the interview. When I asked him how many candidates were vying for this role, he simply replied with a big smile and said, “You are THE candidate.”
The interview went well, and I got the job. But it took another two and a half months before the letter of appointment was offered because this was the first time this role is being filled by a foreigner outside the US, and they had a lot of paperwork to do!
That was truly a lot of favour from a person whom I had met for only 25 minutes in a taxi ride. Moreover, the role is a perfect fit for all my industry skills and experiences. Only Daddy God can create such an opportunity, and through a way that everyone knows that it can only be Him so He takes all the glory.
Before I end this testimony, I just want to open up a bit about myself. I have a doctorate in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I also hold five international patents by the age of 32. However, all these achievements are useless without Jesus in my life because I can only do all things through Him. I would like to give all glory to Jesus! And thank you, Pastor Prince, and New Creation Church, for teaching the gospel!