I Was Lost But Now Am Found
Heng Chew Loh—Singapore
Editor’s note: Bro Loh’s
testimony shows how the Lord has been waiting patiently for him to accept
Christ, just as the Bible says:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go
and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” (Jn 15:16)
Hallelujah, in the name of Jesus I
bear testimony. By God’s grace, I was baptized in May 2012, at the age of
eighty-two. Amazingly, the Lord waited for me for forty years, before I became
In 1972 I worked in the printing
operations section of a local newspaper. During that time, I was one of the
players in my company’s table tennis team, and we frequently traveled to East
Malaysia for matches.
My manager at that time, Elijah
Yeh Guan Wei, was a member of the True Jesus Church. As he was also the leader
of the table tennis team, we would travel abroad together for table tennis
competitions. When we were overseas, I would often hear Elijah Yeh asking the
local people if there were any True Jesus Church nearby. This left an
impression on me, but I never asked him about his faith because I was not
interested in religion at that time.
the Effectiveness of Prayer
On one occasion, while traveling
across the South China Sea to the island of Labuan in East Malaysia, we
encountered a thunderstorm. We became extremely anxious. I thought that we
would surely perish at sea—especially when the waves hit the ship violently,
and we had to close the windows to prevent waters from flooding our cabins.
Then, I noticed that our team leader had knelt down and had started praying in
tongues. Soon afterwards, I saw someone walking over to take control of the
ship’s helm. Miraculously, the storm
soon subsided and the ship continued its journey.
I vividly remember that the person
who took control was a passenger on board. Out of curiosity, we asked him what
had happened. The man replied, “The captain was inexperienced and had we not
avoided the waves, the ship would have capsized.” In fact, the person who took
control of the ship’s helm was an experienced sailor who just happened to be on
I wondered whether we would all
have perished, if our team leader had not prayed.
THREE DECADES LATER…
Before believing in Christ, I
adhered to traditional Chinese religion; my late mother used to worship the
Chinese deities. I followed her, praying to these deities and participating in
In 2009, I discovered that my son
and his family were attending church services. So I asked them which church
they attended. To my surprise, it was the True Jesus Church! This jolted my
memory and I recalled that incident nearly forty years earlier. My son then
invited me to a family evangelistic luncheon organized by the True Jesus
Church. I agreed and thereafter, I started to accompany them for Sabbath
services. My first observation of the True Jesus Church was that many people
kneel down and pray in tongues. Yet I was not surprised, as I had seen my
manager praying in this manner before.
For the next three years, I
attended services at the True Jesus Church and sought to understand the truth
of salvation. The sermons opened my eyes to things that I formerly did not
believe in; I learned of many new things as I listened to the sermons, which
helped to build my faith. Also, as I grew older, I began to think more about
life after death. I even went to the public library to search for information
on the difference between True Jesus Church and other Christian denominations.
Studying the truth in the True
Jesus Church motivated me to follow my children and grandchildren in their
belief and to be of the same faith with them. However, I did not accept baptism
until my mother passed away at the age of 102.
When I was hospitalized for three
days due to an accident shortly after the Chinese New Year 2012, I suddenly
realized how fragile life is. What if something more serious happened and I
wasn’t baptized? Would I lose the chance of salvation? This realization jolted
me to get baptized as soon as possible.
After baptism, I resolved to go to
church and worship God every Sabbath. My thoughts about coming to church are
that we ought to listen to sermons attentively and pray to God earnestly.
Seeing my son and his family actively attending church services also inspires
me to do likewise.
Looking back, I am thankful for
becoming a Christian while I am still mobile and my mind is still alert. I
encourage everyone to respond to Jesus’ calling while we are still active and
able, instead of waiting until the last moment of our lives.
“Behold, now is the accepted
time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2)
May all glory and honor be given
to God. Amen.