Victory Through Surrender

“The self is the one and only thing we own. It is the one thing we brought into the world and it is the one and only thing we will take out of the world, and the one thing we have to live with intimately day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. So the kind of self you are determines your life happiness or your life hell. Someone has said: ‘The most used word in hell is ‘I.’’ To be centered in your self is to be in hell – now.”
—E. Stanley Jones, Victory Through Surrender

I am super challenged by the Self-Confrontation Bible Study we’re doing right now in School of Discipleship year 2, as well as by Victory Through Surrender by E. Stanley Jones. I know the struggle with myself will always be there – and that’s why I have to keep surrendering myself and my whole life to Jesus.

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 1:6

This is one of my favorite verses. I can have confident hope knowing that God will complete the work He started in me!

Working on a speech/presentation for our discipleship class.

Rescue a Child

Originally posted on The Puzzled Owl:

Rescue a Child

None of us want to hear a child say, “I’m so hungry, but there’s no food. Not even in the garbage.” Through Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope program, we have the opportunity to practically help the children of Asia and provide hope for the future.

Sponsoring a child for $35 a month fills their tummies with a nutritious meal every day, saturates their minds with an education, prevents simple health issues with a yearly medical check-up and gives them a friend in Jesus who they can rely on in every life situation they may face.

This year for Mother’s Day, Gospel for Asia is praying in faith for 2,000 children to be sponsored. I currently sponsor 7 of these adorable kiddos and would love to sponsor more, but at this moment financially, I am not able to help more. But you can!

Embrace a child in Jesus’ name

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Veil of Tears Movie Release!

Veil of Tears: Hope Is on the Way is coming out in theaters tomorrow – March 28!! This new documentary tells the stories of real women of South Asia. You’ll see the tragedy and oppression they face from birth until death; and in contrast, the hope that is on the horizon.

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Got my tickets!!

Got my tickets!!

Since I’m a School of Discipleship student and part of the ministry of Gospel for Asia, we have been praying for this movie through the entire process. And it’s so exciting to see the movie actually coming out in theaters!

I encourage you to go see Veil of Tears this weekend – select theaters around the country will be showing the film, and churches & families can watch it with a free simulcast until March 30.

What a few people are saying about Veil of Tears:

“When I saw it, I knew I would never – could never – be the same. Veil of Tears has taught me how to pray, to give, and to make a difference for Christ.”

- Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends

“Veil of Tears was so moving and informative. I want everyone to watch it and join us in making a difference in the lives of these women” - Francis Chan

“A powerful, riveting film . . . that grabs at the heart and won’t let go!” - American Family Association

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can watch it here:


World Water Day


I took this photo during my first trip to South Asia, such a cute little boy getting a drink of clean water from a Jesus Well!

Did you know that illnesses caused by dirty water kill more people each year than war and violence?

I know that I often take clean water for granted… but 768 million people around the world have no access to clean water. Many of these people live in South Asia, the area that Gospel for Asia works in. GFA digs Jesus Wells and provides BioSand Water Filters to people across South Asia who have no clean, fresh water. And many people are putting their trust in Jesus as they see how much He truly loves and cares!

By the way, today March 22 is World Water Day!

Find out more about the clean water ministry of Gospel for Asia at

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update and newsletter

portrait from Clara

Good evening! This is just a quick update. It’s a super busy season in my life right now – I am a student with the School of Discipleship, learning and growing a lot, and being challenged daily. I hope to post more soon :)

I just sent out a newsletter, and you can read it too:


Prevent Disease Before It Bites


My 20th birthday was coming up, and I thought, why not start a myGFA campaign? So I did!

You can check out my campaign at I choose to raise money for 100 mosquito nets because they can prevent malaria, a disease that threatens so many lives. Right now I am getting over being sick with strep throat, and I have been blessed with easy access to medical care. Can you imagine being so poor that you can’t afford medical help, let alone ways to prevent sickness? So that’s what I’m doing for my birthday. :)

Find out more information at, and donate 1, 2, 3, or 5 mosquito nets to help someone prevent malaria from attacking their family.