I am Asian woman. Hear me roar.

Or in all honesty, meow may be more like it??

Though as most of you know, my laughter can be roar-like.

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So in exactly one week, I’m headed back on a jet plane. This time, the destination is Bangkok, Thailand and I’ll be there for three weeks.

While I’m going with a heart wide open, I have some clear purpose and a bit more focus going in to this trip.

Women. Asia. Justice.

I wrote this in the personal statement of my medical school application in 2008:

I believe that the health of women is absolutely vital to the health of every community. And if there is any patient who benefits from a connection on an intimate level it is that of women. The complexities and intricacies of their health concerns and unique issues greatly inspire me. I seek to understand the physiological components specific to women’s health all the while making genuine connections that make a real difference in their comprehensive care.

I believe in women in a big way. In fact, I could probably take what I have stated above one step further and say that the health of women is the health of the community.

Women create community. After all, God gave Eve to Adam. And so community began.

So God is fulfilling my desire to care for women’s health just in a different way than I had imagined…

And I confess here, I have carried much shame around my Filipino background. Mainly from the standpoint of looking in the mirror and finding it hard to see beauty looking back at me.

But as I journey into my Father’s heart, I’m beginning to see myself more clearly. I’m seeing the beauty that is me.

And how else would I be able to recognize the beauty in my Asian sisters in Thailand???

This is the redemption I so love about God. He works all things together for good. He’s so amazing.

Amazing and just. And oh me oh my there is so much need for justice in the world. So much.

It’s overwhelming to me. And it’s moments like this that has stopped me in times past from doing my part… it’s so much easier to not do anything.

But not now. My flight is booked. I’m on my way.

I know that what I’m entering into will take more than a meow.

But the good news is I carry a Hope within that has a roar like no other. (Colossians 1:27, Revelation 5:5)

That He would choose me to carry life, truth and freedom makes me one lucky girl. Er, I mean woman.

Yes, I am Asian Woman. Hear me rooooooooaaaaaar.

We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Theresa~

To learn more about the organizations I’ll be serving with, click below:

NightLight International

Iris Bangkok

Heart wins!

The last few weeks have been spent in my head… and let me tell you, this is not a good place for me to be!!

You see, I’m a heart girl. Some call me overly sensitive… others say I’m passionate.

Sidenote: I was touched when a potential employer saw it as passion today! And in case you were wondering, I freely shared pretty much my whole life story… I don’t believe there is an option anymore! And in case you were wondering further, she appreciated my passion and is interested in moving forward with considering me for a position! 

So back to being a heart girl, I suppose there are several ways to spin it…

My spin: I call myself a little kuh.ra.zee.

Because as a heart girl, I also have a pretty active mind. And I count this a blessing… when used in the proper context.

But when this is not the case, it starts to battle with my heart and take cover, folks, because it ain’t pretty…

There is good news – while you were all busy cheering on the 49ers or the Ravens – I was busy rooting for my heart and it made a comeback… and won!!

Goooooooooooooooo heart!!

And what this win means is that I’m heading to Bangkok, Thailand for three weeks in March to serve alongside my precious friend who is doing amazing work with NightLight International, as well as planning to get plugged into the work of some incredible folks at Iris Bangkok.

I highly encourage you to read more about what each of these groups are doing by clicking on the links…

And while my heart is guiding, which means logic goes by the wayside…

What I do know is this: my heart has always jumped to care for women and it is overjoyed at helping fulfill a need in any way it can.

That being said, there are beautiful and lovely women in Bangkok to be cared for, and needs to be met and I get to take part in this!!!!!!

Yaaaaaaaaay heart!! Congratulations on a great win!

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

Things that make  my heart happy...A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
Things that make my heart happy…
A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22