I have been attending New Creation Church since 2003. In 2008, I moved to Australia, where I did my honours in psychology. Upon graduation, I wanted to further my studies. I did not manage to get into a masters programme in Australia so I moved back to Singapore where I managed to get a job as a psychologist.
In 2009, I decided to apply for graduate school again. This time, I applied to PhD programmes in America. I was full of confidence when sending out my applications, putting anointing oil on each form I mailed out, speaking favour over them and getting my friends to speak favour over my applications. I was very sure that I would get a place.
However, in the beginning of 2010, I started receiving rejection after rejection. It was devastating. The first school that rejected me was the University of Texas at Austin, America, which was my first choice because it has a very strong neuroimaging programme in its clinical psychology programme. The reason cited was a lack of funding. The professor who reviewed my application was very apologetic and encouraged me to reapply next year.
I felt very bitter and was very upset, but praise God for anointed pastors in our church. I was attending GenRev, New Creation Church’s youth ministry, regularly and during one of the services, Pastor Benjamin Lim mentioned a line that I knew God wanted me to hear. Pastor Benjamin said to wait, for the miracle will come, but at the right time. I did not want to wait, but, grumbling to myself, I decided to listen and spend time in the Word. After spending time in the Word, I realised that I had not, contrary to my perception, been resting in God for my PhD programme. The fact that I was so worried and anxious, emailing schools and checking my application status assiduously showed that I still thought I was in control of my situation. I was trying to experience restful increase without resting.
After that GenRev service, I spent time in the Word, read Pastor Prince’s books Destined To Reign and Unmerited Favor again and just enjoyed His presence. I no longer cared that I did not get a place in a school. In fact, I was already looking for other places to apply for the next year and explored other options.
But the Lord had other plans for me. In April 2010, I received an email from the professor at the University of Texas at Austin, informing me that some funds were newly released. He asked if I was still interested in the programme. When I said I was, she went out of her way to arrange online interviews for me with the heads of the department, the director of clinical training, core faculty members and two of her students. She even sent me articles on neuroimaging to read and told me about the research profiles of the interviewers! Praise God for His favour!
After that, I was informed that I was offered a place in the school. There was no way I could have gotten into the school on my own. The acceptance rate for clinical psychology in America is very low. I could not even get into a masters programme in Australia. It was only favour and nothing else that got me in. The offer I received included a teaching assistantship, a fellowship and a waiver of four years of my course fees. I only have to pay US$800 per semester. In addition, I would be given an allowance every year during my course. The Lord not only blessed me with a place in school, but He also ensured that I would not have to go into debt in order to obtain my degree! The Lord really turned this situation around for me and went beyond what I had asked Him for.
Thank you, Pastor Prince and Pastor Benjamin, for your amazing messages. It is an honour to call you my pastors. I fully intend to keep in touch with the church while I am away, attend every possible service when I am in Singapore and grab hold of Pastor Prince's resources. New Creation Church will always be my home church.