|Jesus on cross|
过了一段日子之后，这位朋友还把我介绍到The NEW COVENANT Church，在这个教会里我慢慢的更了解主耶稣的事迹，有一次我被邀请到牧师(Pastor)的家去，在游泳池旁看到一个个教会的会友们下去水里接受牧师的祷告后，然后被按下水里去，有浮上来，当时我真的看傻了眼，不禁向身边其他的会友问一问，才知道这是一个洗礼的仪式，也不知道是什麽原因，我感到非常的兴奋，心里不断的重覆告诉自己一定要参加这个仪式，让自己成为一个真正的基督徒！
(Thanks to TNCC church's member: Shayne Lee for the translation)
Here's the translated version:-
I was a freethinker eventhough both of my parents are Buddhist. I believed in "no pain, no gain", which one will get to be successful in life as long as they put in efforts and work hard with their own hands.
I was firmed with my thoughts until I was hospitalized in UM due to paranasal sinusitis in year 2010. Although it wasn't a fatal illness, but there was no improvement in my health condition after being admitted for days. That was indeed a nightmare in my life. I felt so helpless in realizing I can barely do anything to make things better this time. I got very depressed, crying alone at night as more issues in life were coming in but I couldn't deal with them as I'm hospitalized.
Alexson, a new friend who I've just got to know not long ago dropped by to pay me a visit at the hospital. After listening to my conditions, he came everyday not only to visit me. He prayed for my healing in the name of Jesus. I then started to follow his prayers and have accepted Jesus into my heart.
Surprisingly, I begun to recover by days and have even discharged from hospital within few days! This miraculous healing power has really amazed a person like me who used to be a freethinker.
Ever since I've discharged from hospital, I feel very grateful of my regained health. Everyday, I started to give thanks to the lord for everything He provides, although I wasn't very sure of how to pray appropriately. As time goes by, my condition became better and I'm fully recovered without needing to continue on medications. As I was brought up in a Buddhist family, I used to see how my parents visit the temple to "pay appreciations" to the God who had answered their prayers. (In Buddhist tradition, there is a ceremony where the believers would need to make contributions to give thanks to their God) So I guess I should also somehow visit the church and do something to say thank you to the God who has healed me. But when I contacted my friend, Alexson told me that I do not need to pay anything!
Then, Alexson brought me to the New Covenant Church. I have started to know more about Jesus by the word of God. I was invited to pastor's house one day to witness the baptism ceremony. I saw the baptism candidates were pressed into water by pastor after a prayer and then they floated up back. After clarifying the meaning of baptism from other church fellows, I felt very excited and I told myself, "I must do this one day! I want to be a real Christian!"
Last week, I have eagerly registered my whole family for the baptism on Easter day. I got nervous when the date drawing near because I couldn't swim. I was worried as I may get drown! Anyway, we went to pastor's place as planned on Easter day. Before the ceremony started, I felt uneasy looking at the swimming pool. At one moment, I was even thinking to cancel my baptism application. But when my name was called, i automatically walked into the water without being conscious of "what going to happen". When pastor start his prayer, i saw the water waving with reflections of lights, suddenly I felt peace in my heart as if I am the only one existing there without bothered by anything else. Slowly I couldn't hear anything and I was already in the water. Then I floated back after a few seconds, I see everyone clapping their hands cheering for me.
It was a great experience as I feel I have a renewal of life! Everything that had happened before this has become "past tense" to me. I feel so proud to be a reborn Christian! I'm looking forward to every blessed days ahead with Jesus being the center of my life! AMEN!