i, I’m Lily (nice to meet you!) I’m from California, and I’m a born again Christian with a heart for world missions and sharing God with anyone who will listen. I have been involved with Youth With A Mission since 2004, most recently at YWAM Mazatlan, where I did video production, web design/development, among other things.

I have a little production company, called Marvel Media. You can check out some of my work on that site, and please let me know if you did visit!

Why the name Ashes to Beauty?

It comes from Isaiah 61:3, which is one of my life verses.

…He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.

roundpic-bajaThat scripture speaks to me because God turned my world completely around. I was a non-believer for most of my life. I’ve been through a lot, I lived a very worldly life, and for many years, I never even thought about God or religion. When I finally did have a spiritual awakening, it was a surprise, because it was something I never thought would happen to me. Becoming a child of God was for sure the best thing in my life. I relate to that scripture because it is about how God changes mourning to joy, despair to praise, ashes to beauty.

A few years after coming to Christ, I felt called to the mission field. How I got started with that is a story in itself, but to keep this short I’ll just say that my walk with God has been an adventure! I’ve been learning and growing, and I still have a lot of growing to do, and that’s not easy at times, but I know with God, ultimately it’s all good!

What else? I have 2 sisters, 2 parents (who are still married!) and I am not married yet, but so far I think I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling and living in different places growing up, and also in my adult life.¬† Some places I’ve lived: Los Angeles, Jakarta Indonesia, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, San Diego, Maryland, Arizona, Swindon England, San Francisco (and all over the Bay Area), Hawaii, Switzerland and Mexico! And I’ve visited or traveled to more places than I can list.

Now, my mission field is the internet. Recently, God has put it on my heart to share my story, so He can use everything I went through, all the ugliness, and turn it into something beautiful. I love to inspire and encourage others, and I hope that you will find inspiration on this site!

Love and blessings,