The Star That Brought Me To The Ture Jesus Church
Lim Sook Imm
name is Urn Sook 1mm. I was born in 1959 and grew up
in a devout Taoist family where memories of my early childhood comprised
episodes of religious worship and devotion. Here is an account of how I came to
believe in the Lord.
day when I was still in primary school, my teacher told us a story of a man
called Jesus who lived long ago in the city of Bethlehem. He performed many signs and
miracles, and healed many who were sick, including the lame, paralytics and
even the demon-possessed. However, some of His compatriots did not like Him. So
they crucified Him to death on the cross.
listened to the story attentively. It was the first time I had ever heard such
a story. When I heard that He was put to death, somehow I had sympathy for Him.
On that very night I had a dream. I saw a kind-looking man in a brown robe
standing on the clouds. His head was swathed in a piece of cloth and with a
staff in His hand, He slowly descended from the
intently. The man said to me, “I am Jesus. You must believe Me.
If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (Jn 14:14). After this, I woke up from the dream but kept
this message in my heart.
father was the sole breadwinner in a family comprising ten children, my mother
and grandmother. I was the eighth child. The stress of life often led to
quarrels between my parents. I still recalled how, on one occasion, in a heated
argument, my father smashed a rice jar to vent his anger. Seeing the whole
place strewn with rice, I quickly colleced the rice
with my bare handsand put it into a basin. I was
afraid that I would have no food to eat. I saw for myself how my parents
suffered hardships despite their piety towards the idols. My mother was so devout
to her deities, yet she did not receive even the most basic of protection from
them. I resolved that I would not worship these idols placed in the house.
Instead, I would go to pray to Jesus to protect my family.
I was 15, one of my classmates invited me to the True Jesus Church. I
mistakenly thought that I was going for free tuition in the church, so I sought
permission from my parents on this basis and they consented. But even after I realized
there was not going to be any free tuition, I was still delighted with the
invitation. After all this time, at last, I would have a chance to know more
about Jesus whom I had dreamt about, the Jesus my former teacher had talked
about. So I joined my friend for a Sabbath service at the True Jesus Church in 1974.
Being a total stranger, I could only observe. But I heard the prayers of the congregation
which sounded like many waters, just as described in the Bible (Rev 19:6). I
attended services for IS months, during which I learnt about the basic beliefs
of the True Jesus Church. From the Bible I also came to know that — (i) Jesus was the Word who became flesh and He died on the
cross for the remission of the sins of mankind. He resurrected on the third day
and ascended to heaven. He is the only Savior of mankind, God of the universe
and the one true God (Jn 1: 14; Mt 20:28; Jn 20:1-8; Lk 2:8-11); (ii) water
baptism is a sacrament for the remission of sins (Jn
3:5; Acts 2:38); and (iii) to believe in Jesus is to fear God and love man (Mt
church services brought me many benefits, but I also met with trials and
temptations. Believing in Jesus was considered a violation of family order by
many of my family members. The love of my grandmother, the tears of my mother,
the severity of my father and the rebuke of my siblings became a powerful force
to oppose my decision to believe in the Lord. Faced with such formidable
opposition, I began to waver. One night I decided to pray to God for guidance.
Lord, which direction should I take? Then I had a dream. This time, I saw a
bright star from my backyard. Fascinated, I wanted to pick it. I went towards
the star but it suddenly moved — going from my backyard to the main road,
passing many places until finally stopping before the True Jesus Church in Telok Kurau! There, the star
shone even brighter, so much so that I could not open my eyes.
I found myself in the church hail before I woke up. This reminded me of the
event of Jesus’ birth, when wise men followed the star from the East until it
came to rest over the place where the child Jesus was (Mt 2:1-12).
spite of the differences in time and circumstance between me and the wise men,
I am truly convinced that the Lord Jesus had listened to my prayers and shown
me the direction to take.
His grace, I was baptized into the Lord in December 1975..