Jessica and I first met in 2008 in a university group called Humanity in Focus (HIF). As a group, we organized trips to Cambodia and campaigns in Hong Kong for two years, yet Jessica and I never became friends. In fact, we rarely spoke to each other. Cathy, a mutual HIF friend, recalls that I used to frequently say, “Jess is so boring." Apparently, Jess thought I was immature and prideful back then. In sum, we didn't even like each other enough to be friends. Fantastic start.
It was 2018 when Jessica and I reconnected. I recovered from a four year battle with cancer in 2016, and that experience led me to God and changed my life completely. I was miraculously led to Canada in 2017 to re-pursue a legal career. In 2018, I had an opportunity to travel back, and I really wanted to because I had left so abruptly. I really wanted to tell all my friends what God had done for me. So I started calling old friends to meet up. One of those meetings was with Jessica and Cathy from HIF. I found a nice soup place for the meet up. At the last minute, Cathy couldn't make it so the stage was set - me, a person I hadn't talked to for ten years, coconut chicken soup, and a lot of Jesus story.
I remember that Jessica wore a pink tee-shirt, light blue jeans, and sandals. She reached out for a polite "long time no see" hug. I felt a little awkward, but I'm polite too so I hugged back. l said, "I love soup," to break the ice. It seemed to work and we started talking. I shared my testimonies and she shared hers. It was an amazing experience because we were both so different from who we were in 2008. We had both had our humbling experiences and tasted the transforming grace of God. I was a new believer. She was a new believer. I felt her love for God, she felt mine, and we were connecting at great depths. I didn't think too much of this connection because we didn't live in the same city. (A couple of years later, she told me she thought the same thing). So nothing happened ...
Fast forward to 2019: I suddenly get a phone call from her. Her family was thinking of moving to Toronto. She was praying for direction and had reached out to me for advice. She was worried about leaving a very good job and all her friends and relatives to start anew in a foreign land. Being a good friend, I gave her the most objective, unbiased advice I could. I had just been studying in the Bible that morning about how God called Abraham - "Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you....I will bless you...through you all the families on earth will be blessed." God said, "Go," and Abraham went. (Genesis 12:1-4) He put his faith in God's goodness and promise. So I told her, "If God really tells you to 'go', you don't have to know everything. You don't have to worry about anything. Just go in faith."
A few weeks later, she texted me that she had decided to "go". I told my friend, Michael, "My wife is coming." He said I was crazy. Our wedding is on 8.28. We give all our thanks and praise to God our Father, who works all things together for the good for those who love Him, for those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!" (Psalm 34:8, BSB)
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