Why Thailand?

As I was sharing to a friend about about why I am going to Thailand this summer for missions, I thought a blog post would be a more organized way to share God’s faithfulness.

Spring 2015 (1st year) 

A missionary came to mnl and asked for people to stand if they were ready to give everything up for Jesus. He was referring to international missions and I was immediately taken aback. What about the lost people in America? Are the lost oversees more important than the lost here? What if I had brought a nonbeliever to this kind of message? Needless to say, I did not respond well. That week I met up with my mentor, at the time, and she explained that while there are lost people in the states there is a great need for missionaries abroad. And she challenged me to start caring for the lost abroad by asking God to place a specific location on my heart.

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Brought to Tears

As I was sending out my support letters on the third floor of Newcomb to Chi Alpha alumni who have impacted my walk with the Lord, I was brought to tears. Whether they were my closest upperclassmen friends or people who I had passing encounters with, they all showed me the beauty of the Father in some way. And reflecting on that as I wrote personal intros to each one of my support letters, I could’t help but cry. Different characteristics of God were shown by different people. And that is a beautiful thing.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-14 “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body- whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 

God does and will use every member of the church. You have value and purpose and He sees YOU. This was definitely not something I was expecting to experience while sending out support letters, but I’m so thankful. Even before I know if anyone will financially support me, I am thankful for these people who have already served me so well and who have been faithful to God’s call to live differently.

Romans 12:1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

1 Peter 1:16 “Since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Spring Break 2017: Cincinnati, OH

I visited my sister in Cincinnati, Ohio for my spring break. I explored fun places of Cincinnati and learned that this city is filled with beautiful murals, built on cultures of many different cities, and has very little Asians and to my surprise that fact makes me uncomfortable. When I wasn’t out exploring, I spent my days playing with my sister’s guinea pig and watching a ton of tv (This is Us, The Good Place, Imitation Game, and The Jungle Book).

I also ate SO much yummy food! I kidd you not, the taco’s from Mazunte almost made me miss my flight back home because we went to eat their a second time as my last meal in Cincinnati.   *Spoiler alert* I made it just as my flight was lining up to board.

* not pictured: Graeter’s ice cream (mocha chip, coconut chip, and black raspberry chip), homemade indian food w/Naan and Samosas, Pho from Pho Lang Tang, and Baklava w/o nuts because the real stuff had walnuts in them and I’m allergic to walnuts.
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February 2017 Wrap Up

Man February really flew by! I kickstarted the month by going to a UVA vs VT basketball game with one of my housemate. It was so much fun and itwas her first basketball game. We won. Go hoos. I also went to my first Newcomb theatre movie, which is on the blank number of things to do before you graduate. I thought might as well start on that list now. I saw Dr.Strange and it was SO good. Wow. Benedict Cumberbatch is simply the best.

Winter retreat: My Christian fellowship had its annual winter retreat up in NOVA. It was a great time for my core group to bond and get an idea of what it looks like to be a Christian in the workplace or in their case at UVA. They really caught the vision of evangelism and I’m super excited to see where God will take them next. During our free time, they went to DC while I opted to go home since I was feeling oddly home sick. At this time, my parents were still holding my passport hostage because of Thailand. Nevertheless, when I drove back to cville with my mom after retreat she revealed she had brought my passport with her! She gave it back to me and gave me her blessing to go to Thailand in the summer for mission work. PRAISE THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD!

Best weekend ever: read more about it here!

Climbing: I’m getting stronger and I’m now climbing V1/V2!!

Sabbath: Spent some quality time outdoors with one of my housemates. Seeking rest in truth is truly a beautiful thing. Note to self to do this more often.

Core Group: My girls are flourishing and it is honestly such a joy to spend time with them. We recently started asking them to bring snacks/lead worship and one of our girls brought INSOMNIA COOKIES! Bless up. I was so happy. As you can tell from this picture, the same girl who brought snacks snapped this pic of me and made me into a snapchat sticker. She puts it in a lot of her snapchat stories and it makes me so happy. ❤

Put down my deposit for Thailand: It’s official! I’m going to Thailand for a month this summer to do mission work, which means I will have to support raise. It’ll be my first time support raising and I’m a little nervous, but mainly excited. Please pray that I would be diligent in sending out my letters and dependent on the Lord during this time. And keep the people of Thailand in your prayers!!

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