Ms Seraphina Peh seen here with her godmother.

Although she had agreed to attend the RCIA programme at the Church of St Stephen, Ms Seraphina Peh said only joined to learn more about the faith and was not looking to be baptised.

She attributed this to her stubbornness and her need to be convinced. However, her attitude changed after her parents fell ill in late 2013. That was when she turned to God for strength and prayed “really hard”, she recalled.

When her parents eventually recovered, Ms Peh decided that she wanted “to be with the Lord”.

During the New Year’s Eve Mass which she attended with her Catholic fiancé and his father, she saw how the two were able to able to receive Holy Communion while she was unable to. That was when she set her heart on baptism, she said.

Getting to know the Lord has changed her for the better, she said.

“My fiancé sees a big a change in me,” she said, a “change in temperament” and “the way I handle relationships and situations”. She is now able to care for people’s feelings and respect their opinions instead of being blunt and direct, she said.

Another change was allowing God to take control of her life. She confessed to thinking that she was in full control of her life up to the time when she joined the RCIA. It was when her parents fell ill that she realised that this was not the case, Ms Peh added.

Believing in God also helps her in her work with students with special needs, she said.

She added that her positive attitude also come from praying every morning and reading the Word of God.

Ms Peh, who is getting married next year, said she hopes to build a “God-centred relationship” with her fiancé and start a Christian family. “That’s very important to us,” she shared.

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