Entries by Michele Ong

Australian Bushfires: When Prayers and Thoughts Aren’t Enough

Photos of orange-tinged New Zealand skylines have been lighting my social media newsfeed, with friends writing messages of goodwill in a show of solidarity with  Australia, as the country continues to battle large bushfires sweeping across three states—New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

3 Habits You Didn’t Realize You Need to Weed Out

I find making New Year’s resolutions a bit of a chore, mainly because my lists are predictable and I would have broken most of my good intentions by the end of January. 

But the start of a new year is always good for fresh beginnings, and I’m determined that 2020 will be different!

Lisa Anderson: Creating A Safe Space for Teen Moms

Shame and helplessness were among the emotions Lisa Anderson fought when she fell pregnant at 17-years-old.

Prior to her pregnancy, she had had a rough few years, starting with her mom leaving the family when she was just 15. Her mom’s departure led to a breakdown in her relationship with God.

3 Tips to Survive a Toxic Work Environment

I had moved to another town to work in a daily newsroom in hopes of learning alongside seasoned and passionate senior editors, and maybe even winning national awards.

But alas, the nourishing work environment I had dreamed of did not materialize.

When I Was Blindly Chasing My Boss’ Approval

I watched intently as a group of HR staff  handed out certificates and a small gift to the month’s outstanding worker. A small part of me hoped they would stop by my desk. But alas, after years of waiting, it never happened.

When Giants of the Faith Fall: Why It Matters

“Not again!” I thought when I read that the founder and CEO of Relevant Media Group, Cameron Strang, has come under fire for creating a racially insensitive work environment.

The 43-year-old was alleged to be a toxic boss who exhibited “various levels of high-handedness, shouting fits and racially insensitive slights”.

When You Don’t Hear From God

There wasn’t a clear, booming, “Yes, go ahead with this plan”, or “Yes, this is the will I have for you” from God when I packed my bags and said goodbye to family and friends for a job overseas.

My Journey From Megachurch to Modest Church

As the darkened stage gave way to flashing lights and rousing music, the worship band emerged, urging the congregation to stand up to worship Jesus.

Lest We Forget: Remembering the Sacrifices of the Anzac Nurses

The endless procession of stretchers bearing severely wounded men drove home the horrors of the First World War (1914-1918) for Australian nurse Florence Narelle Jessie Hobbes, yet her determination to save and comfort the wounded saw her press on in the face of exhaustion, the lack of food, and an unforgiving climate.