Why don’t you join us? I’ve been asked this question many times. Even from young, I have not been one to join school clubs or friends’ outings. I have always considered myself an introvert.
I think this is because as an only child — I mostly had no choice but to get used to playing by myself. I could go for hours drawing, watching movies, and reading books without feeling a need to go out with friends.
These long hours of alone time, I believe, sparked the creative side of me.
Fast forward to the present. My family moved to Toronto in June 2004, after having worked & lived in Singapore for 12 years. We were blessed with a church – WORD International Ministry (WIMO) – which not only spurred my spiritual growth but provided my husband & me with a sense of belonging. It is our very own family church.
However, it took me a few years to join a ministry in church. While we were attending life group meetings with Bro. Barry Bernardo, he spoke about his ministry, Special Events Ministry (now called Special Projects Ministry) and their activities. It’s a ministry that organizes and oversees special events for the church, such as Mother’s Day, Christmas, and Workers’ Appreciation Day, among others. I found his enthusiasm contagious and his passion and creativity very inspiring. I felt that maybe, I too, could contribute and serve with as much liveliness and vitality. The Lord’s word also inspired me:
God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8
At that point, I made the decision to join the Special Projects Ministry (SPM).
As an SPM member, I was asked to dance/perform in a Mother’s Day event and organize a presentation for the church anniversary. After each of these presentations, people came to me and mentioned how they were encouraged and touched by the message. The aftermath of these presentations were a revelation of how much God can use you for His glory, even when you think you’re not qualified and what you’ve given may not be enough. The same words encouraged me and proved that all the Lord asks, is for you to be willing to take the first step, heed His call, and serve with joy and a grateful heart. I now know that I would be able serve God in so many ways, even with the “talents” I didn’t know I have.
It was a personal realization and a revelation that God does enable you when He calls you!
We at SPM look forward to greater things that the Lord will bring us to do for His glory, for which we are called to serve! For it is truly a privilege and an honour to serve an amazing, faithful and loving God!