Our testimonies glorify God and demonstrate the life of the Spirit in the body of Christ. Because of that, testimonies have the power to inspire and encourage us.
The “God at Work” series features testimonies of those who have witnessed
God’s work or experienced spiritual breakthroughs in their lives.
I am Noel Tham. I am 17 years old this year. Currently, I am studying Aerospace Electronics at Temasek Polytechnic. I attend the 8:45am service and Prinsep Lighthouse (PLH). I serve in PLH as one of the Youth Committee members. My family consists of five people: my father and mother, one older brother and one younger brother. I grew up in a Christian family and have always been going to church from a very young age.
My spiritual life has always been stagnant during my growing up years as a child and teenager. I just went to church every Sunday because my parents said I needed to. There was nothing that inspired me to go to church to learn more about the Bible. My understanding about Christianity and everything relating to it was minimal and nothing compelled me to explore deeper. I felt that the devotion that my father made me do everyday was a chore. Although I was never an adherent of other religions, I was never rooted in my Christian faith. I chose to explore Christianity at the age of 16 years old due to the constant struggles I encountered in school.
I felt that God was starting to reveal Himself to me during my ‘O’ levels period. God revealed to me in many ways. The journey towards that milestone seemed so hard for me as academic pursuit has never been my strong point. I broke down many times out of frustration and stress from school work. I needed encouragement, I needed comfort. That was when I called out to God and asked for help. For a period of time, the words “Be strong” appeared everywhere in my life. Wherever I was, I saw and heard those words. When I was watching a movie, it appeared; while listening to music, I heard it. In my daily devotions, I read a verse and it said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).” I felt that all these things that happened to me were not a coincidence but God speaking to me. This showed me that God is faithful and will never abandon me; instead He encourages and comforts me in every situation. It was during this period that I really started to believe and accept Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
There are two noticeable changes in my life after I decided to commit and surrender myself to the Lord. Firstly, is my willingness to do my devotions even without the prompting of my father. Secondly, I am going to church now with a purpose – to worship God, glorify Him and to learn more about Him. My mother was pleased with the changes in my life because I was living a more Christ-centred life as compared to before.
After my ‘O’ levels in 2016, I decided to join the Synod Youth Internship Programme (SYIP) that lasted 2 months from December 2016 to January 2017. Through the course of my internship, I attended many talks on various topics, such as what is worship and how to lead worship, apologetics and Presbyterianism. I also studied books on Westminster Shorter Catechism and how we can glorify God. These talks and book studies have helped me to deepen my faith and understand what the Presbyterian Church in Singapore is all about. The SYIP has redefined my life and also taught me to use my gifts to serve the church. I was extremely thankful that I was able to take part in this internship programme. I was also grateful that I could meet people who live their lives for God and have the opportunity to grow spiritually with them.