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Favour After Favour In Job Search

 

Last year, before I graduated with a diploma, my father, knowing that I planned to take up a Bachelor Degree, broke the news that he would not be able to support me in my further studies. Devastated as I was, I believed that when a window closes, my Abba Father will open doors, gates and even roofs for me.

Soon enough, I came to realise that the field I was studying in wasn’t exactly my passion. At that time, as I was finishing my studies, my lecturer emailed me about an opening for a part-time position at a media pop-up store because she knew that I loved writing. She told me it could be an interesting experience as the pop-up store had an editorial team working there. I decided to take it up and was accepted for the job.

While working at the store, I observed their daily operations and got to know the team. I was sure this was what I wanted but I told Jesus I didn’t have the courage to request for an internship because I wasn’t even studying in a related field. Miraculously, a few days after that, the team’s marketing manager came over to my desk during lunch and we had a chat. Out of nowhere, she suddenly asked me if I would be interested for an editorial internship! I was dumbfounded and amazed that God had answered my prayer, and I said yes.

After an interview and a writing test, I was accepted for the internship. What started as a three-month internship grew into eight months. I loved my job and the company, so I prayed again to Abba for a full-time position in the company. However, I had to fly home to Indonesia as my parents could not support me financially anymore. When the Editor I worked under learnt that I was leaving, she asked if I would be interested to do freelance work for them from home. Again, I was amazed that my God had blessed me with so much favour. I accepted the offer and worked from Indonesia while I spent time with my family.

After a few months, I felt an urge in my heart to stop working from home. I wanted to work in a team and learn more, as a dream to start my own company in the future was planted in my heart. So I asked the Editor-in-Chief of my company if they had a full-time position in Singapore but he said the office’s headcount was limited at that time. I still had faith that God had other plans for me.

I decided to fly back to Singapore and continue my job search here. My parents told me they could only support me financially for two months. I told them it was more than enough because I knew my God had secured the perfect position with a more-than-enough salary for me.

During my first week back in Singapore in March 2017, Pastor Edwin Lim led the Holy Communion prayer during a Sunday service I attended, and one of the first things he said was about success in a job search and a job interview! I felt God’s loving reassurance for me, and all my worries vanished immediately.

Two weeks later, my former Editor-in-Chief suddenly texted me about a job opening in one of his acquaintance’s company. He told me he was devastated that he had to refer me to a competitor because he wanted me to join his company once the headcount opened up, but he knew I needed a job. I was deeply touched and grateful that God had led him to think of me and refer me to a competitor!

I applied for the job, attended an interview and went through a few writing tests. While waiting for the outcome, I knew in my heart that I would be accepted because God had led me to this, so I prayed to Him for a salary enough to support myself independently.

A week later, my acceptance email arrived, and the salary offer way exceeded my expectations! Praise Jesus! He doesn’t bless us with “just enough” — that’s not our God in heaven, He blesses with more than enough so that we could bless others around us.

Looking back, it was favour after favour — from my lecturer to my former Editor-in-Chief. I knew I had favour with them not because of who I am or because of my abilities. It was all God. Just like Joseph in the Bible, I started with nothing but I am successful because the Lord is with me. With no qualifications, I ended up with a job that I am passionate about with substantial salary. I am expectant and look forward to the better days that are ahead of me, knowing that my Abba Father is with me every step of the way.

Thank You, Jesus! And thank you, Pastor Prince and New Creation Church!

 


The writer has requested for anonymity.

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  • job search
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Open Doors Of Favour During His Job Pursuit

 

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!

 


Glenn

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Undeserved And Unmerited Blessing In New Career

 

At the beginning of 2016, a new manager took over our department. Somehow, she didn’t like me and kept making things difficult for me.

I dreaded going to work every day and had to listen to many sermons and motivational videos at night to “recharge” so that I could have the strength to go to work the next day.

Time after time, God spoke to me through people, sermons and even promptings, to leave my job and that He had something better for me. But I just didn’t have the courage to leave because it was my first job after graduation.

It affected my health but I still held onto my job until I really couldn’t take it any longer and left in July 2016. I left the office feeling as if a 10,000-tonne weight had just lifted off my shoulders. I felt so relieved and at peace.

I started my job search. One month passed, two months passed, but still no result. I read in the news that Singapore might be entering technical recession and companies were having massive retrenchments.

Fear started to set in. “What if I remain unemployed for too long and companies become less willing to hire me? What if I would never ever going to get a job? What am I going to do with my bills?”

At that point, I finally understood what Pastor Prince meant when he said we ought to read the good news which is the Bible, rather than the bad news — the newspapers. The knowledge of a weak job market and becoming fearful as a result, did nothing to help me get a job. Instead, it was counterproductive.

Along the way, I read and heard testimonies about how other people had possessed their possessions. People who lost their job found something even better. I had faith and believed, but it did not happen to me. I wondered when I would be able to receive my restoration like the testimonies I had heard.

Friends in church began to share their testimonies on how they had found better jobs after going through something similar. But the more I heard their testimonies, the more bitter I grew towards God and at myself for quitting without a job. I felt ashamed and condemned for not being able to keep my job for a year and for a fresh graduate, this did not look good on my résumé.

Nevertheless, I kept listening to the Word and attending Sunday services. Although nothing seemed to be entering my mind, something was entering into my heart. I felt encouraged and uplifted each time I heard the Word. I stopped focusing on getting a job, but putting my trust in God for provision. Since He had provided for so many people whose testimonies I had heard, I believe He would provide for me.

Just like boiling a pot of soup, the longer you simmer it, the better the taste. Likewise, the longer I waited for my restoration, the better it seemed to get.

On 24 November 2016, I got a call from a multinational oil trading company offering me a job. I was also told that the start date would likely be in January 2017 but instead, I started work the following week — God wanted me to possess my possession in 2016!

It was really an undeserved and unmerited blessing because this role required someone who has a Master’s degree with at least two to three years of experience, whereas I am only a fresh graduate with no relevant experience.

When I was an undergraduate, I had wanted to go into oil trading, but there was no opportunity as the industry was going through a tough time. Since then, I had completely forgotten about my passion for it and did not think that I would have the chance to enter this industry.

But God remembered. He called me out of my previous job because He has prepared something even better for me!

 


The writer has requested anonymity.

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