"IT IS THE SMALLEST OF ALL SEEDS, BUT WHEN IT HAS GROWN IT IS THE BIGGEST OF SHRUBS AND BECOMES A TREE, SO THAT THE BIRDS OF THE AIR CAN COME AND SHELTER IN ITS BRANCHES."
By Esther Chia, Executive Director, ACMI
Since back in 2005, I have felt some sort of calling to serve in Church ministries. With tons of excuses to God (and I’m sure He knows when He called me), I have delayed until one day in 2008, He decided that I needed to learn to trust and depend on Him. I did learn to finally surrender to God - my life, my being and family to finally listen to Him. And I joined the Catechetical Ministry.
When I was offered a position with ACMI, I doubted my capabilities because I was still a child needing “milk” from the Father to grow. That’s when I decided to let go and let God.
I find it so ironic that I am put to service the migrants and itinerants of Singapore. I was many times over a migrant and itinerant in other countries and continents. It helped me understand what the individuals are going through when they gave up their lives in their home town to come over to a foreign land to work and live.
Over the months, I learned to evangelize in different ways – through the programs which ACMI is running, sharing my experiences, strengthening myself as an individual so that I can minister and help others grow together with me, enjoying God’s grace, mercy and love. Being able to touch lives through my actions gives me the greatest joy and that keeps me going.
Today, I know I’m growing more spiritually each day. With God putting people from different walks of life into my hands, it has increased my faith learning to love and show mercy to those around me unconditionally through the grace of God.
Don't we sometimes feel unworthy when we fail in some situations? However, God is always there to pick me up and carry me through those times.
I always joked that I’ve never been so prayerful in my life before. Looking back, it’s not true. I have always been prayerful because I know that God is always been there for me. The difference now, is that I learn to surrender to Him and allow Him to work through me.
It’s going to be a long journey, and if I open my heart, mind and soul to Him, I know I will be a better person as I lead and live the life that He wants.
Someone once said to me - Is this a calling or vocation? It didn’t matter – it’s His summon to me to do His will, and my willing heart to follow Him.
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