Sister Amy He has graciously agreed to share her Baptism testimony with us:
I feel so blessed to have known God my whole life. I knew my purpose in life – the sense of purpose that people look for their entire lives – ever since I was a kid. I knew that my purpose in life was to love God, have faith in God, serve God, serve his people, and make Him known. The older I get, the more I see people trying desperately to find joy in things that provide temporary happiness: money, partying, materialistic objects, fame; and I wish I could explain to them that genuine, enduring joy and unconditional love comes from knowing Jesus. Jesus makes me want to be a better person everyday. Jesus makes me want to live a life of service to Him and His children.
I have been realizing more and more the favor that God has shown me, and continues to show. In fact, I was blessed to even have the opportunity to be the first in my family to go to college. Growing up in a single-parent household, and being low-income poses its challenges. Unfortunately, in the reality of our society in which educational inequity exists, not all students with backgrounds similar to my own graduate from college. However, not only did I graduate – but I unexpectedly made it on the front page of UCI’s website, studied abroad in Hong Kong, and graduated debt-free. Praise the Lord! God paved the way for me to succeed academically, and to help me pay for an education that I could not afford, and I am eternally grateful for His grace. God has also given me a passion to serve students – specifically, low-income, ethnic minority, underprivileged students. Thus, I am an aspiring educator that hopes to provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth to realize their talents and capabilities to succeed.
My experience in college was phenomenal. However, things did not always go as planned. During the first quarter of my freshmen year in college, I received an F on one of my finals and the lowest GPA I ever received in college. I cried. I thought I was not made for college, that I was not as talented and intelligent as my peers. But God showed me that UCI was exactly where he intended for me to be, and he taught me to persevere, to study harder, to get involved, and I graduated with honors. During my junior year of college, my partner of 2 ½ years broke up with me. It was a painful experience. But, of course, God had a plan. What I initially thought of as an awful, heartbreaking experience, God used as an opportunity for me to grow in my faith. Although it was an emotionally challenging few months, I came out stronger, more confident, more independent, and more in awe of God and how he works in my life in interesting ways. James 1:2 to 4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” My prayer is that I will live by these verses. I feel especially in this stage of post-graduate life, my faith in God is tested even more.
Do I trust that he has my future in his hands? Do I believe wholeheartedly that if God wants something for me, it will come in His perfect timing – that I do not have to fear, or rush to figure things out myself. God, my life is yours. I am not a perfect Christian. Sometimes I fall, doubt, get frustrated, fail – but these are the times that I have to remind myself that God is forgiving, merciful, faithful, and ultimately, he is enough. Today, I declare that in any situation – in times of celebration and despair – my God is enough for me, and I hope to be kept accountable to that. I hope to never fall out of my faith in times of trial, because I know trials and tribulations means that there is more work to be done in me, and that God is making me whole.