Hello, my name is Yan Tsui. When I was born, my mother left me with my grandma. However, I’m thankful for the love my grandma showed me, which made my childhood carefree and joyful. When I turned five, my grandma passed away, and it was then that I reunited with my mom. She brought me back home, and that’s when everything changed.
I became a quiet and introverted child, often lost in my own thoughts. Growing up was perplexing, and I couldn’t comprehend why my mother treated me the way she did. Our household was constantly filled with my parents’ arguments, creating a chaotic atmosphere. My mother used to call me Siu Ha, which sounded similar to Siu Han, implying that she wouldn’t mind if I weren’t there. I carried a heavy sense of being a burden to her. Consequently, I made every effort to be a well-behaved child, assisting with chores and caring for my younger siblings from a tender age. I began working at the age of 13 and entered into marriage at 22, hoping for a happy family, but life proved to be challenging. We frequently encountered conflicts and disagreements, burdening my heart with sorrow. At times, I found myself silently shedding tears in the quiet of the night, feeling the weight of life’s difficulties. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for the love and support I received from my in-laws and sister-in-law.
Then, I found Jesus, and it transformed my life. I no longer had to face life’s struggles alone. Instead, I learned to trust a loving and compassionate God. I believe He guides and cares for every aspect of my life. With God in my heart, I discovered inner peace and became a joyful person. I’m thankful for the church, the family of God, where we support and love one another. Undoubtedly, having faith in God doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free journey, but as I reflect, I see God’s quiet blessings and protective presence in every hardship. What’s even more precious is knowing that God is with us, and we hold on to eternal hope.
As Romans 15:13 beautifully expresses,
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’