A Life Changing Transformation for Des

Before we began shooting for How Do I Look Asia, we received so many submissions who wanted to elect their loved one for a makeover. One submission stood out most to me was Des Maniquis, or her alias on Youtube "Sooper Purple". Her story stood out to me because I was like, "Hmm..it takes some pretty thick skin to make it on Youtube, why would Des's brother submit her for a makeover?" What I didn't realize is that there was so much more to her story. You see, Des used Youtube as an escape from the bullying she was already dealing with in every day real life. To hide, she created a personality online (her alter ego) and made rambunctious, freeing videos as Sooper Purple. When you check out her YT channel, you'll see that Sooper Purple is a lil cray, a lot of fun, and doesn't give AF. What Sooper Purple didn't know is that SP was really just Des, herself. She just stood in her own way to believe it.

We had an amazing experience together on Des' episode, and I've been a fan of hers ever since on YT. YouTube is a super hard platform to break into, and I give props to anybody who even tries. Not just because of the potential success behind it, but because it's such a permanent public diary for everyone to see. Recently, I just got this amazing news from Des' feed!

Des has blossomed even MORE since our show and has used her own journey to break down walls for other victims of bullying. I am so beyond proud of her, and only pray many who hear her story will believe in themselves as well. Give it up for Des, aka Sooper Purple, a young woman who's showing us how it's done! So much love to you babe. Keep lighting the way for us.

Melati's Transformation

I used to wear sneakers or wedges at least, but never for heels. It’s not that easy trying something new, especially when people tried to pull you out from your comfort zone. For me, it’s more than just wearing things, my logic said yes but my feeling doubted it. You, successfully opened my eyes that how appearance affected our lives. The most lesson that I got from you is not about which dress is good to wear, but how you can appreciate what you have and how you believe in yourself that you deserve to be beautiful, and how you brave enough to reach your dream and going to the next level by going out from your comfort zone.

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Human Trafficking in Vietnam: Border Crossing Dangers

Hey guys. As you know the past couple weeks I've been sharing with you my journey to fight human trafficking in Vietnam across my socials. Today I wanted wanted to illustrate for you guys the visual of a border crossing because this is oftentimes the next transition trafficking agents take to lure their prisoners into unwarranted territory.

Although amazing that there is a border between Vietnam and China like this, it can mean awful consequences for those at risk of becoming part of human trafficking. China is a TOP destination country for Vietnamese trafficking victims. Women and girls especially face a huge danger of being kidnapped and taken to China to become labor slaves, sex slaves, prostitutes, and more. China is so close, that people who kidnap victims can take subtle ways across the border with the victim not even knowing they are no longer in Vietnam. Traffickers aren't just random strangers either. Friends, family, or people victims think they can trust, will often times convince the victim somehow to follow them across. The victim will have no idea until it's too late. Agents from China, once the victim has crossed, will beat or drug them so they can be transported to their horrible fate, whether it be a brothel or a "husband" or other types of trafficking. Watch the video below for more info on this very important issue.

Please spread the word! Feel free to message me on my socials and/or sign up for my email list on the homepage with any comments, questions, or info. I will send out updates and more info too. 

Together we can put an end to this! 

"There Is Always Enough" - A Thank You From Uganda

When I turned 25 I read a book called "There Is Always Enough" by Rolland Baker and was inspired to feel what life would be like if you lived by faith to unconditionally give. I was moved by this couple's story when they traveled from their home in So Cal to Africa after learning of the destruction caused by the Mozambican Civil War. To this day, they create orphanages and churches all over Mozambique saving hundreds of children and families, just from living by faith. Now when it comes to me, I LIVE to travel. I love learning new cultures, experiencing new perspectives, and being at one with the community. Til then, all my travel was purely for my self enjoyment. Then I heard somewhere that a 'mission trip' can be defined as: an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation. 

I wanted to experience this.

So I went on my first mission trip when I was 26 to Mozambique, Africa to meet Heidi Baker personally and serve her community. I came with a committed intention to offer prayer, quality time, love, and support for children and families living with HIV and AIDS. It was the most incredible experience of my life because my entire purpose to be there was to selflessly` serve and for the first time, I understood what 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 really meant. If anyone reading this understands the virtues of the Five Love Languages, you'd understand how the gift of quality time, acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, and gifts are all delivered through the selflessness of a mission trip.

Today it's gotten harder for me to commit to mission trips because of my hectic schedule, so I seek for opportunities where I can support through another. Recently, a very special young woman by the name of Morgan Steinhart let me know of a mission trip to Uganda she was gearing up for that gave me this opportunity to help in any way I could. One part in helping was to share the cause in order to gather financial support for Morgan's trip. Ok.. I don't know about anybody else out there but that's one of my most challenging hurdles. I'm not sure why, but it terrifies me to bother people or ask anyone for anything. So I prayed, and was reminded that asking for support is not for me, not for Morgan, but for the children and communities Morgan and her group would be serving. So I reached out to special friends who I thought would be interested to support and sure enough, within three weeks every single person Morgan and I reached out responded back with either a donation or offering of gifts or prayers. It reminded me of the book I had read when I went on my first mission trip: When you have faith, there is always enough. 

Because of every person's outpour of support, Morgan was able to travel to Uganda where her group worked to promote sexual and relational health, and serve those facing unplanned pregnancies or hurting from an abortion or sexual abuse situation. Not only was life-saving information and medical examinations provided, but the team was also able to revisit orphanages to build into the relationships of abandoned children. For further information on Morgan's trip, pls visit here. 

I wrote this blog to personally thank all the generous, amazing people who gave selflessly to Morgan's trip, with a special acknowledgement to Andrew and Donna Lee, Carole Middletown, Evan and Robin Warner, Shannon Dellimore, Katie Chin, Francine Le Frak, Rosalina Lydster Noogie Thai, and Uzmee Krakovszki. There is a special video below here for every single one of you, from the hearts in Uganda:

Also, I just had to share this video Morgan especially captured for me!! I couldn't believe she, or these adorable kids, took the time to do this! In the past couple months, I had a few rough days. All it took was to play this video and look into the gentle eyes of these beautiful kids to know that love absolutely conquers all. (He called me pastor without knowing I'm not one, but if it means that they consider me to be one that will continuously pray for them, I proudly receive the title.)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-D7ULJeF1ZZNE1YUXhNdEFPbTA&authuser=0

Anyway, thanks for reading this special blog guys. Have you ever experienced a mission trip? Let me know your thoughts below, and if you feel inclined to leave a shout out or prayer to these kids below, please do :)

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