Our Speaker on Sunday was Jaime Wong, the founder and head coach of Ignite Tennis Academy. Her testimony was honest, moving and impactful to many, many people. Below is a short sample of what she shared with us. Her full story can be found in her book, “Chai.”
“Hi, my name is Jaime and today it is my privilege to share my testimony. To give a short introduction about myself - I grew up in a non-Christian family. I was a competitive tennis player and I moved to the US at a young age of only 14 years old to train full time while my family remained here. Being alone in the US, I had the full authority to be ‘in charge’ of my own life and to make all my own decisions. Nobody except me could tell me what to do! But I was only 14. Imagine the kinds of TV programs or Internet websites and videos that a curious teenager would frequent without the ‘parental control filter’.
In 2003, while back in Singapore, a friend invited me to church. I was very hostile towards Christianity because it went against my freedom and beliefs. So I tried to prove to my friend that there is no such thing as God and the Bible is a book of lies. Long story short, after 2 years on this quest, I was eventually compelled to accept Christianity because all historical and empirical evidences I found pointed to the God of the Bible as the God of this world. Unlike what people say about how it takes ‘blind faith’ to believe in God, I chose Christianity because it made sense – it was a logical, reasonable, rational and coherent decision.
Jesus said in the Bible ‘You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ Well in my case, knowing the Truth had ‘wrecked’ my world because it meant I had to submit to and obey a God. So instead of becoming a happy Christian, I became very angry with God. I hated God’s authority over my life and I hated the Bible – a book of rules telling me what I can or cannot do or who I can or cannot love.
Becoming a Christian was the hardest decision I had made and for the next 7 years, my life was a rollercoaster ride. I tried to be a good Christian – tried do all the right Christian things – I attended church and cell group regularly and served in church but no matter how I tried, I kept failing. I was a failure. But today, I’m standing here to share with you my testimony of how I went from being a broken and rotten Christian to a triumphant and joyful Christian.”
Would you like to hear the rest of Jaime’s story? You can watch or listen by clicking on the link below.
Also, a story like this is worth sharing with a friend. Is there someone you know who might be encouraged by what happened to Jaime? Rev. 19:10 tells us: “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The Holy Spirit may bring someone to mind who would be blessed by this testimony.
Passing it on-