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Multiple Job Offers During Bad Times

 

After the first company restructure in 2014, I became a personal assistant to my second boss. When the company went through another restructuring in 2016, my boss resigned with a short notice. The day after she left the company, I was given one month’s termination notice and received a month’s pay as compensation. I was told I was not given three months’ compensation because it was not a retrenchment.

Since 2014, I had been searching for a new job on and off as I knew that the company was unstable. However, it was only after getting the termination notice in 2016 that I started to actively hunt for a job. While the job market seemed bleak, I remembered Pastor Prince’s teaching about keeping our eyes on Jesus instead of looking at our circumstances.

To help myself look to Jesus, I ignored all the negatives news and bad reports which the recruitment agents tried to tell me. I kept listening to worship songs and Pastor Prince’s sermons on YouTube throughout the day. I kept proclaiming that God is my provider, believing that He would get the right job for me.

During the last week of my work, I received two job offers, both of which I did not apply for. One offer was from an agency who had contacted me after searching through their old databases. I went for an interview and was offered the job on the same day. The other offer was from a company which I had attended an interview at more than a year ago. It did not work out then because I was not immediately available to start work. They contacted me when they have the same opening because I left a deep impression on them. After that, I also received a third job offer.

It is all the work of God that I did not just receive one, but three job offers within a month when the job market was considered bad. After accepting one of the job offers, I came across one of Pastor Prince’s sermons Five Words To Live By — The Battle Is The Lord’s. I know that when we turn our eyes to Jesus, Jesus is the one fighting the battle for us. It is not my battle, it is His.

What’s more, I now have a job with a higher pay of almost 18 per cent increment and better benefits. The compensation I received from my previous company became a “bonus” and “paid holiday”. Praise God! Hallelujah!

 


Chan Xiaotian

Tags:

  • favour
  • career

 


 

Protected While Travelling

 

I was scheduled to travel to New York City to attend a conference from 3 to 13 September 2016. It was one of my typical conference trips but this time round, my wife felt uneasy as I would be near the vicinity of the World Trade Center on 11 September, the place that was attacked by the terrorists in 2001 on the same day. She prayed for my safety and asked me to do so as well.

On 3 September 2016, I flew to Narita, Tokyo to transit to the States. As I was about to board the flight from Narita to Houston, Texas, I remembered what Pastor Prince said about divine protection during overseas travel. As I stepped into the plane, I touched the plane with my hands and declared the blood of Jesus over it. After we had been seated for a while, we were told that the plane had some technical issues and the take–off would be delayed. I did not think much of it and waited for another 30 minutes until another announcement advised the passengers to leave the plane and wait at the lobby area as the delay was going to be longer than expected.

Over time, more and more passengers left the plane for the lobby area. Everyone was getting more restless, curious and apprehensive.

After waiting for around two hours, an airline crew member announced that the flight was cancelled, as the rudder had a faulty actuator which could not be replaced within the short timeframe. He mentioned that flight cancellation was extremely rare in his 34 years of service as it would be very costly for the airline to do so, and thus, the replacement would be done only when it was absolutely necessary. The airline provided us with overnight accommodation and meals in Japan and tried to arrange replacement flights for us on the following day.

Initially, I felt a bit lost as this was my first time encountering a flight cancellation. Furthermore, around the same time, the news also reported that strong winds were brewing in the vicinity of Japan. I grew concerned that I might be grounded in Japan and would not be able to reach New York in time for the conference. Yet, at the same time, I thanked God that I did not board the plane that had a technical issue! With a peace of mind that God is watching over me, I stayed over in Japan for a night.

The next morning, I immediately called the airline to book another flight to New York. Although the lady on the phone mentioned that flights to the States were almost fully booked, I managed to book a flight to New York via Los Angeles (LA) on the same day. Furthermore, I got a free upgrade to my preferred airline! It was God’s blessing in disguise.

At LA, while I thought that I could fly to New York smoothly, I was shocked to find out that my phone booking for the flight was not done properly and the boarding pass could not be printed. The airline did not resolve the problem in time to issue me a boarding pass, and as a result, I missed my flight again! They later arranged for me to board another flight on the same day and gave me the only available seat in the First Class cabin, which I took for the first time in my life!

Finally, with God’s protection and favour, I reached my destination and attended the conference as scheduled.

Then on 11 September, I was scheduled to fly back to Singapore via Hong Kong on the same airline that was hijacked in 2001. Despite the coincidence, I put my trust in the Lord and prayed for divine protection.

Interestingly, just before boarding the plane towards Hong Kong, the airline crew announced that some of the seats had to be reshuffled as the plane had too many empty seats and they needed to redistribute the weight onboard. This caused a slight commotion among passengers, delaying the take–off for more than an hour.

Although I had only more than an hour to transit in Hong Kong, I did not panic about missing my connecting flight home as I knew that God would watch over me just like before.

In the end, although I was already mentally prepared to stay over in Hong Kong, I was pleased to know that the plane waited for us even though we reached Hong Kong later than scheduled. I also managed to come back to Singapore safely.

Pastor Prince, thank you very much for your ministry and your expounding on the Scriptures, especially on Psalm 91! All praises to the Lord!

 


Ho Jun Hui

Tags:

  • prayer
  • favour
  • protection

 


 

Open Doors And Favour Despite Lack Of Experience

 

When I first started as a special needs teacher in 2013, I had no experience working with children with special needs. All I had was a desire to work with children and two completely irrelevant degrees. This troubled me greatly as I knew nothing about teaching the children.

Before I got the job, I remember sharing my concern with the panel of interviewers and asked if there were any courses in Singapore which I could go for.

I was told that there was a course that was recognised by the school and it was an Advanced Diploma In Early Childhood Intervention (Special Needs). However, they also shared that only teachers who have at least two or three years of experience would be sent for this course. Hence, I would be given on–the–job and in–house trainings for the time being.

When I came out of the interview, I told God, “God, I know nothing! If You give me this job, You’ve got to be with me! You will have to personally teach me how to teach the children, and give me all the skills, wisdom and knowledge that I need. I can only depend on You!”

And that was the way it went. I kept praying the same prayer every day as I had to depend on Him daily. I had no experience but I have God with me. And He gave me favour with the parents who were in class daily with their children. They loved me, trusted me and taught me many things in my first year. God also granted me so much wisdom such that my trainers could not believe that I was a new teacher.

Before the June holidays in 2013, I decided to ask the manager of the Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC) about the advanced diploma programme again. However, her reply was the same as my interviewers. They would only send teachers who had at least two to three years of experience.

When I went out of the room, I said a simple prayer telling God that since He placed me in this job, I was going to trust Him to open the doors for me.

I forgot about this prayer until I was called into her office in August that same year. She told me that she was going to send me for the course!

Everyone around me told me how “lucky” I was to be sent for the course in my first year of work, and how this had never happened before.

When everyone stood up to introduce themselves on the first day of the course, I was the only person in the class with only half a year’s experience in the job while the rest had been teaching for at least two years!

God opened doors for me which no one else had gone before! Amazingly, the theme of the year in 2013 was “The Key of David” — the year of opened doors. After this, more good news followed.

Over the course of two years, there were so many times I felt overwhelmed by the assignments and work. I would ask God for wisdom and declare favour with the examiners who were going to read and grade my work. I kept confessing that I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, even though I had the least experience in the class.

In May 2016, I graduated and praise God, I received the “Most Outstanding Academic Performance Award” from the National Council of Social Service!

God has taken someone like me who was the least, to be the head and not the tail. He helped me produce quality essays that I could not even recognise my own work sometimes.

It was a surreal moment when I walked on the stage to receive the award — not because of the applause I was getting, but because I knew with all my heart and soul that it could only be God.

God’s grace did not stop there. Recently, I was offered a promotion to become a Senior Teacher. Again, I was undeserving of this promotion as it was typically offered to those who had at least five years of experience but I was only three–and–a–half years into my job. When asked, my bosses told me that I carried a “certain kind of presence”. Though they did not know what this “presence” was, I knew it was the presence of God with me. It is certainly God who has accelerated my career. Praise Jesus!

 


Lee Ai Lin

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  • Workplace
  • wisdom
  • studies
  • Promotion
  • prayer
  • favour
  • career