Testimony on how God prepared, led and blessed me in 2020 when COVID-19 hit the world badly

By Stella*

I was working on a contract-basis at my company, and as I approached the end of January 2020 (before COVID-19 had hit Singapore), I had to decide if I wanted to renew my I had originally wanted to terminate the contract but after praying, I was inspired to ask God to show me signs through nature to help me decide. God granted exactly that which showed me clearly that He wanted me to stay on in the job. Following these signs, I renewed my contract and received my completion bonus and performance bonus in March 2020, even though I did not expect to receive them.

These bonuses were enough to cover a study loan that I needed to pay fully by 1 June 2020, which I would not have been able to afford if I did not receive the bonuses. I was truly thankful to God for His blessing.

I also received another blessing as the Ministry of Education suspended all interest and repayment for all study loans from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021, due to COVID-19’s impact on the economy. The final repayment date for my study loan was initially due on 1 June 2020, but due to this new policy, my final repayment date was postponed for a year without any additional interest. I could not believe it when I received the message from the bank. Instead of paying a few thousand dollars at once, I now only needed to repay a few hundred dollars each month to complete my outstanding loan without much financial burden.

I was also allowed to work from home more than half the time, after Singapore began the Circuit Breaker (CB). My company also provided ample face masks and other essential items for those who needed to travel to work onsite during CB (when it was difficult to buy face masks across Singapore), and we were also provided 15% of our monthly salary as incentives during the two-month CB period.

As I heard our pastor preach about how God knows everything ahead of time and was protecting all His beloved ones in this time of tribulation, I came to realise how God had helped me in this turbulent year. I came to realise why He gave me signs telling me to renew my work contract, even though I was ready to leave the company. I am so thankful that I did so and retained my job in the essential service sector! When many people were facing retrenchment and pay cuts, my work was stable. I also had more time to work from home, and thus better balance my work and faith, and I was even receiving more pay! At the same time, He solved my financial crisis that was about to come to a head this year in an unexpected way as well. I am really glad that I obeyed His direction when He told me that I should not change my job in early-2020.

In October 2020, a new opportunity arose, and I was offered a role in a company that I had been wanting to work at for more than six years. God then gave me various signs to tell me that the time had come for me to transit jobs. I obeyed God’s signs once again and I am now happily working at my dream job!

While 2020 has been a very difficult year for most people, I am very thankful that God listened to my persistent prayers, solved my problems, protected me from any form of losses, and fulfilled my wish of getting my dream job! I truly offer glory and sincere thanksgiving to God for opening my eyes to see His unexpected but powerful workings in my life.

*The author’s name has been changed for confidentiality.