I am Yeo Yia Hoe. I am an introvert – generally quiet and timid. My husband and I were hawkers.
We left for work early in the morning and reached home late at night. Due to our long working hours as hawkers, I never had much time for my children when they were growing up, and I bore that guilt for years.
Relatives constantly came to tell me their problems. I felt emotionally drained as I faced many problems as well. I was constantly worried and unhappy.
I used to follow my husband to the temple to offer prayers to idols and participate in rituals. Like other temple goers, I was involved in divination, hoping to receive a blessing from the gods. However, there was little warmth in that relationship and even though I was devout, my problems would not go away. I continued to feel worried and frustrated.
One day, my daughter, who had received Christ into her life, shared the Gospel with me and prayed for me. She told me, “Jesus will help you if you would believe in Him.” In spite of my skepticism, my daughter persisted in inviting me to church, until I reluctantly went with her.
Touched by joy
At the service, I broke down when the first worship song was sung. While I found the sermon boring, I was touched by the joy and warmth of the people. My daughter subsequently signed me up for Alpha Course. Even though I was initially unreceptive, my unbelief turned to belief as we progressed in the course.
And I eventually decided to receive Jesus into my life. I was baptized on 22 December 2019, and a wonderful thing happened that day – the heaviness in my heart and sense of oppression were lifted from me! I was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace.
I believe in God
That night, I dreamt about a woman who found a lost lamb. I believe God gave me that dream to tell me that I was the lost lamb that had now been found. The fact that I can enter into a relationship with God is by His grace. He led me one step at a time.
Life’s transformation can be silent and gentle, seeping into the inner being. In the past, I struggled a lot as I was constantly trying to run my own life. Now I learn to trust and submit to God. As I believe in God, my heart is filled with peace, joy and faith. I know that God is in control of all things. Thanks be to God for His grace and truth. He has set me free.
Edited by Ms Alvina Tan