A Story of $16.50

(This post is originally in English)

Today I am going to share my experience with $16.50.

For a lot of people $16.50 may mean 4 cups of coffee, a delicious breakfast or a good lunch. However, for me, it means the account balance I used to have.

I migrated to Sydney in 2007 by myself, after a few years of working in Hong Kong.

As I had a few years of working, I had some savings before I left Hong Kong and should have had enough for approximately half a year.

However, things didn’t go my way after I arrived in Sydney. I was living in a dangerous area which caused me to leave that area while still paying the rent for the house etc.

I also found it hard to look for a job at the same time. My bank account balance was sinking very quickly.

One day, I received a casual offer to work as a shop keeper, from my friend who owns a shop. I was thinking I would accept it. However, to accept it would mean I would have to change my church life and also, to be honest, I wasn’t sure that this offering would resolve my problem.

So I prayed to God for guidance.

“Dear Heavenly Father,

As you know that I am in hot water, and my account balance is to the bottom already and is just enough for 2 weeks. Has this shop keeper role comes from you? I cannot go to church if I take this role.

Or should I go back home?

Father, forgive me as I am a silly person. If I don’t have another better opportunity, in 2 weeks time, I will accept this offer, but please don’t leave me alone!


This prayer was made on a Sunday.

After this prayer, I keep applying for jobs.

On the second Thursday after the prayer, at approximately 2-3 pm, I received a call from a job agent regarding an application I had just sent 5 minutes before. They conducted a phone interview with me.

At the end of the phone interview, the job agent requested me to have a face-to-face interview on the next day.

This was at the end of the 11th day after my prayer.

On the next day morning, after my face-to-face interview, the job agent asked me to wait. And 30 minutes later, the agent asked me to go to see their client immediately for another face-to-face interview.

After the interview, at 6:30 pm, I received a text message from the job agent advising me that I got the job!

That was the end of the 12th day. It was ended after close of Friday business.

Now, another problem arrived!

I got the job and would start on Monday. But then I reviewed my bank account:


This was the account balance!

What can I do with this $16.50?

Nothing! I can’t take it from ATM. But the worst thing was, I didn’t even have enough money for the train ticket to get to my new workplace.

On the next day, I intended to ask my good friend for her assistance. However, due to a misunderstanding with her boyfriend, my friend was not able to help me.

At the same time, I remembered another church friend who kept asking me if there was anything he could do to help me. He had asked me this question many times already, as he knew what kind of person I was. So I asked him for help.

That was the end of the 13th day.

On the next day, after church, he lent me the amount that I asked for.

This was the end of the 14th day.

After the end of the 14 days I started my job.

This is exactly the period I prayed for (um … maybe if I had more faith I should have asked for a shorter period)

Thanks to God!

Also thanks to God that I was able to return the money I borrowed just two weeks later.

I don’t know why this kind of thing happened to me. I don’t know why everything went so badly when I first arrived in Sydney.

However, I learnt one thing. God is the greatest free supplier. He gave me a lot of good friends around me. At the same time he listened and answered my prayer. In this period, I never missed a meal or lost weight etc.

I am nothing but a normal person. However, he answered my prayer. At the same time, he will also answer your prayers.

“God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.”

This is true!

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