Brad Niessen

I was born in New Westminster, but raised in Surrey. I have worked many years as a Teacher's Assistant, a Social Worker, as well as an ESL Teacher overseas. Right now I am trying to be the best person I can be for our Father and I'm actively searching for almost any kind of work I can do until I retire in a few years. I'm also trying to be as active as I can be with Home Church Langley, because I have truly found a church where I feel very much at home. Thanks to all of you!

But this morning I want to tell you about a scary and challenging time I had when I was living overseas. I had been working in the Philippines as an ESL teacher for about a year and decided I next wanted to go to China, via Hong Kong. I thought I had plenty of money for the journey but while en route, I was informed that I had to pay a large amount of money in fees and taxes just to leave the country. I paid the money and went to Hong Kong - but was almost broke when I got there.

I probably shouldn't have gone any further, but my next step was to cross the border to Shenzhen, China. That's where the real trouble began since I didn't even have enough money to rent a room for the night! But I met a very kind person who took me to a place for the homeless. It was very late and I was hungry and tired. He told me to lay down and rest and that he'd keep an eye on me and get me something to eat. But it was so cold that I couldn't sleep at all. When he returned, I ate and felt a bit better, but was still very worried. Then the police showed up and before I knew it, I was being interrogated at the police station. But they were actually very good to me. They fed me and told me that I couldn't stay in China but had to go back to Hong Kong. They even gave me subway money to use when I got back to Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong again, I had no place to stay. I ended in a Tent City where I was fed and kept for about a month. I just didn't know what else to do. All during this time, I prayed and prayed for God to help me. I even asked Him why this was happening to me. I didn't see anything good in it, only bad. But finally I found out where the Canadian Embassy was and went there for help - turns out it was very close by. After about two weeks they were able to help me get back home to Langley.

This experience left a big mark on me and it wasn't until I got back home that I saw how much God had really taken care of me and took me under His wings when I was there. As it says in Psalm 91,

"The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them."

He really did. He took care of me by providing me with food, shelter and keeping me out of danger. If it wasn't for Him, I might not be here with all of you today!

I've always believed in God and have prayed and read my Bible, right from the time I was a child. I went to Sunday school and as I got older, I attended church. But it wasn't until the last couple of years that I really accepted Christ as my Saviour and Lord. If I didn't have Him in my life, asking for His guidance every day, I know I wouldn't be able to do anything on my own.

Thank You.

Michael Moll