By Editorial Staff
Published December 22, 2007
God’s mercy saw me through 30 years of ill health, rejection, pain, sorrow, failures, grief so intense that it led me to two suicide attempts, a long string of broken relationships, a constant change of jobs, a life full of rebellion and an intense interest in the occult. I was also constantly disillusioned by the wickedness and the corruption of the world. I looked for answers but found none. In the midst of all that, I had refused to submit my life to the Lord. I was stubborn, worldly and bitter – thinking that I could make it without Him.
It was prior to two incidents of being hit by bolts of lightning (while speaking on the telephone during heavy thunderstorms) that I was admitted in a hospital with breathing complications. The diagnosis was psychosomatic bronchial asthma. These unusual incidents left me drained of energy, weak, and sick. In His own way, God had given a very obvious call to surrender.
Finally, in the early months of 1986, after many traumatic experiences, I was brought to my knees in utter surrender to Him. The realization that there was absolutely nothing in this world worth living for, I gave myself wholly to seek Him. No longer do I count my life dear unto myself. For months with tears and weeping, I would go alone before the Lord at the back pews of a church. Then one morning the Lord told me to leave for America. I obeyed and sold whatever I had and left.
In America, the Lord put me in a campus ministry of young international students. Then God sent me to attend an international student conference in Seattle, Washington hosted by Maranatha Campus Ministries. I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit there and was miraculously delivered. It was a divine experience when I felt Jesus reach out to me, and comfort me on His shoulders while I wept. I could not open my eyes while the tangible presence of God and His love just overwhelmed me.
My life changed with new hope and direction. I had an intense hunger for the things of God. I surrendered my will and desires to Him and He began to put a new vision in my heart … a vision to be involved and to be part of His glorious church. At this conference, I made a covenant with God to serve and to share this vision with the nations. That is my desire now – to take His life-changing power to the world!
- Joy Ay Goh
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