Written by Jacqueline Lie
Our new apprentice Jacqueline Lie shares what moved her to take this step towards full-time ministry:
Exactly ten years ago, I was embarking on studies in Science, initially certain of doing research professionally. Eventually, I signed on with MOE for practical reasons. If you told me then I would one day work in church, I’d laugh. A young Christian with worldly aspirations, church-work was unthinkable. In hindsight, God had His purposes when He put me in teaching – experiencing the joys (and frustrations) of working with youths and gleaning transferable skills.
More importantly over the years, He showed me more and more the riches of His glorious inheritance, and the great need of sharing this with the lost. I was increasingly unsatisfied spending much time getting students to hand in endless Math homework and to pass Physics tests – when what I really wanted to teach was how Science points to Creator-God. It took years of struggling to accept it – I must go into full-time Christian ministry. God very timely wrapped up loose ends last year, and I left MOE with fear and trembling; I didn’t know what my next step was.
I spent the first part of 2020 waiting for a next step, thinking that I’d just “study first lah”, “explore more lah” – doubting sometimes if I did right in resigning without direction. Today, while still learning to trust Him fully, this much I know for sure – my “next step” to ZB’s apprenticeship was God-led. I was unknowingly being introduced to ZB through my best friend and even signed up for their Kairos course earlier this year. It was a pleasant surprise when I saw ZB’s publicity for youth ministry workers, with posters in my favourite colour no less.
My journey to this apprenticeship at ZB is thus a testimony of God’s faithfulness, bringing exactly the structure that I need in this season of serving while studying. I came on board, half-nervous, half-excited, but with peace knowing that my faithful Father has shown me a next step clearly. Excited – because I get to serve the Lord and study His Word more; nervous – because I know the work will not be easy. Nonetheless, I know He who has called us to our task is faithful and will see us through it.
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