Testimony – Cadet Vikki Song
Session: Reflectors of Holiness
From: Chatswood Corps, NSW
Appointed to: Corps Officer at Rouse Hill Corps (NSW)
Silver Star recipients: Ms Fengyun Li. Mr Zhenting Song
Academic award: Certificate of Salvation Army Officer Training Master of Theological Studies – in progress
I was born and raised in the north-east part of China. I grew up in a Buddhist-influenced tradition and environment. But a church was just outside of my primary school. Occasionally I visited there with our neighbours who were Christians.
I came to Australia to do further study after I completed university and qualified as a teacher. Years later, I went through a significant relationship breakdown. In the midst of chaos, I found Jesus. God brought me light during the hardship and made me see a new hope. Jesus became my lifesaver for the trial and also for eternity.
The calling to ministry started with a question in my mind out of the admiration and respect for Salvation Army officers: “What kind of people are qualified to be an officer that they are able to do such a sacred and valuable job?”
The training is a transformative journey for my personal and spiritual growth, academic theological competency and sharpening my tools for the ministry role. It is not only for the sake of becoming a minister but also for reshaping myself into a spiritually, emotionally and physically holistically healthy new self, and being equipped to be a capable servant leader of God.
I’m excited yet somewhat feeling challenged with my future ministry. But I know I can trust God’s guidance. I am willing to keep on witnessing God’s almighty power and participating in the abundant blessings to unfold.
Bible verse: “You didn’t choose me, but I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit. And your fruit will last because whatever you ask of my Father, for my sake, he will give it to you!” (John 15:16 [TPT]).