From My Heart To Yours…

Earlier this week, one of my close friends Rachel and I were catching up over her yummy cooking.  She shared with me about a business mission trip to Thailand that she was planning on going to through her church (Overlake Christian Church). She would be part of a small select group to help fight human trafficking by means of intervention, prevention strategy, establishing business opportunities, and rescue while traveling to Bangkok, poor villages in the North, and Pattaya. I was thinking how I admired her and her heart, and then before I knew it, she was asking me to consider going as well. I was definitely caught off guard and immediately overwhelmed with thoughts like “Who am I to be able to do something of this caliber? and What could I even offer?” Basically, I was fearful. You see, I’ve never been on a mission trip before because I always served locally and felt that my mission and calling was always that – local. My heart went out for the street girls and boys in Thailand who sell their bodies daily, but I still leaned on not going because I could think of tons of reasons why I can’t. Rather, I would be more than content just being able to support Rachel. Nevertheless, I promised her that I would think and pray about it and get back to her by the end of the week with a decision. As I got in my car, I prayed, “God, if this is something you want for me, please show me the word “Thailand” before week’s end.” And that was that. Two mornings later, after I did my usual routine and caught up on emails, I logged onto facebook and the first thing I saw was someone’s photo album titled “Thailand”.  I was like, “Really God?” and sat there in amazement because I have never in my whole entire life received a literal sign like this.

So here’s the part where I get awkward because my initial inclination is to just pay for the mission on my own because I hate, let me rephrase, I LOATHE asking for money. This is very humbling for me, but I also know first-hand the joy that comes in giving.

If this purpose touches your heart in any way and you’d like to partner with me by praying for me, contributing financially, and/or giving me any tips on Thailand, please email me at and I will give you more details.

Even as I type all this, I’m still having a hard time realizing that I’m actually going to be in Thailand in two months!

I’m scared, excited, and hopeful all at the same time. I don’t know what to expect, but I do anticipate a life-changing experience. After all, Hun’s photo mission trip to Turkey in 2002 was where he realized his love for me. ;)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

P.S. I was hesitant to post this on our blog, but after some thought, I asked myself why not? We post other personal things here and most of our clients book us because they get to know what kind of people we are through this medium.  Plus, a lot of our family and friends subscribe. If someone gets offended by this, I don’t know what to say except to please just think of me as a shy little girl scout kindly asking to support a cause if you choose to. No harm in that, right? :)


  1. So happy you decided to share this on your blog, Grace. Thank you! What an important cause and amazing thing that God has called you to!!

  2. I admire you for obeying God’s calling and for posting this on your blog! You rock! I would love to support you in any way you need!

  3. Mahalo for the personalized sharing Grace :) Esp the part about Hun’s realization on HIS mission trip…that was nice to read :) And as I was reading your last few sentences I was just imagining you asking “Would you like to buy some cookies please?” in a cute little uniform complete with beret :) hehe.


  4. Amazing things happen when you offer yourself up and are open to the answer — I’m so excited for your trip!

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