Meet Liv Swant – Johnson! Coming to ISM January 2015 – internship – Nightlight

Hi, my name is Olivia, but I usually just go by Liv.

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I was born in Billings, Montana and while I grew up all over- the new kid in 9 schools- it will always be Home. Moving around so much growing up was difficult at times, but I believe it opened my eyes to the beauty of adopting new homes and new people, and it taught me how to lean on God in times of loneliness, in times of fear, in times of  desperation. I was continually amazed growing up, the way my Father had so seamlessly stitched together my path and the people on it. It became clear that there was no sense in questioning, no sense in worrying, because at the end of the day, it was His Will either way. He had it figured out already, I didn’t have to. For I am no master, I know nothing. 


There was a time around my 8th grade and Freshman year in high school where I went through a deep depression. I had no idea who I was or who I wanted to be, I simply knew that what I saw to be my future, as was modeled for me by my peers and much of my family- didn’t interest me at all. A life of routine, a life of stress, a life of valuing possessions over relationships, and serving self rather than others. All I could see in the world was the pain, and all I wanted was to get off of this Train. Beyond that, I was severely spiritually oppressed.


I was delivered of that spiritual bondage my Freshman year of high school by the love and grace of my Father in Heaven. He set me free, He opened my eyes to the beauty of His world, He took my hopelessness and he gave me so much more than I could have imagined. He gave me new passions, and new ambitions and introduced me to some of the most incredible people. Above all, he instilled in me a deep desire to love His people and all corners of his beautiful world, to see his Glory fall on His children and to play a part in bringing Heaven to Earth.


I recently left Savannah College of Art and Design, and the plan I had carefully cultivated for 3 years of high school. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that God had plans for me elsewhere for now. I felt a tugging on my heart to join the fight against human trafficking. The more I researched modern slavery, the more stories I heard of exploited girls, the more I couldn’t ignore the emotions that welled up inside of me every time I thought of precious daughters enduring loveless, hopeless lives.


I will be interning for NIghtLight, in Thailand. I hope to be able to use my passion for photography to benefit this wonderful organization. It is my deepest prayer that God would show me how to see the pain in the world, the brokenness of individuals, and allow me to seep into the cracks and the empty spaces. To bring the love and the light and the joy of the most incredible Father down into even the deepest crevices of hopelessness. I pray that He would use me to bring restoration.


The most important thing to remember on a missions internship.

It’s not about you.  Really. 

When you come on the mission field you will be hit in the face with different sounds, smells, words, religion, understanding of relationships and so much more than I can write in a few paragraphs.  At first you may be overwhelmed in a good way, with all the amazing new things that you are experiencing. It really is exciting.  After a while however,  all of these new things begin to your erode your confidence in your ability to know how to navigate well in a foreign land.   That’s when we slowly start to realize that all those scripture verses we read about dying to self actually do mean something.

When will you be put to the test about how much of YOU is still alive and kicking?

1.  You need to order food – and no one understands you.

2.  The taxi driver looks at you and then gestures for you to close the door because he doesn’t have a clue about where you want to go.

3.  You are living with people who want to stay up late and you want to go to bed early.

4.  You get to the ministry you are serving with and you can’t speak to one person, because you don’t speak the language of the country you are in.

5. You are asked to do data entry and you are a great singer/speaker/counsellor/painter/children’s ministry expert.

6.  You get told you are fat and your skin is bad.

7.  You are confronted with the demonic and you don’t have a clue what to do about it.

8. You’ve walked for 5 minutes and sweat is dripping down your back and you have 20 more minutes to walk – every day.

9. You see the depths of pain people are in and your skills and life experiences are completely irrelevant.

10.  It takes several hours to do something that usually take 10 minutes.

11.  You have planned and practiced for an event and it gets cancelled at the last minute.

12.  You write your friends at home because not many of them are writing you. Don’t people realize “you are changing the world?’

13.  The internet stops working or is really slow and you were in an important skype call with family.

14.  The fish on your plate has a head, eyes and fins.

15.  Everything seems dirty.

16.  You have to kill another cockroach.

17.  You are chased by a stray dog, again.

18.  You are walking down of street and get a lovely whiff of jasmine and then BAM sewage stench hits you in the face.

19.  Your taxi driver is horking up lung.

20. You put your hand on the escalator handrail and someone else’s nose picking is on your hand.

When you kill your inner DIVA/pride and I promise you she/he is in there , your internship becomes a joy and you realize it’s really about the people you came to serve and not about you.   Let the need to be recognized and constantly affirmed go – stomp on it daily, kill it until it stops rearing it’s ugly head and you will flourish. Your internship can be an awesome life changing experience that’s more about dying to yourself than you feeling like a hero.  If you leave your cape at home you will find out that the Holy Spirit can work through you more than you ever imagined.  WIth Jesus you can love beautifully and leave His unforgettable aroma on everything and everyone you touched.


Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Luke 9:23

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me

Galatians 5:24

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Mark 8:35

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

John 12:24

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit

1 Corinthians 15:31

I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!

Philippians 2:1-30

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus

John 15:1-27

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Matthew 16:25-26

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

20 Interesting Facts about Thailand!


1. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.

2. Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the world’s tallest hotel

3. In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

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4. The world’s smallest mammal, the Bumble bat, is found in Thailand

5. Medicine man Hoo Sateow from Thailand has the world’s documented longest hair at 16′ 11″ long

6. In 1996, two rare “diamond-eyed cats,” Phet and Ploy, were married in a lavish $16,241 Thai wedding, the most expensive pet wedding in the world.

7. In 1999, 30 vets worked to heal a 38-year-old cow elephants’ foot, which had been destroyed when she stepped on a landmine in Thailand. It set the record for the largest number of vets in one procedure.

8. In 1999, a group of 282 skydivers set the record for the largest number of skydivers in a free-fall formation above Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. They held the link for 7.11 seconds.

9. The world’s largest Christmas log cake was made in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 25, 1997. The cake weighed 5,071 lbs. and reached 27′ 6″. It was later cut into 19, 212 portions

10.Thailand set the record for the longest catwalk on April 9, 2010. The catwalk was 1,584 meters long and was part of the Pattaya International Fashion Week

11. Thailand is home to the world’s hairiest child, Supatra “Nat” Sasuphan.

12. The full name of Bangkok is- Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.

13 The Thai  alphabet has 32 vowels and 44 consonants.

14. One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand.

More than 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thai forests. Thailand is the world’s number one orchid exporter.

15. Siamese cats are native to Thailand. In Thai they are called wichen-maat, meaning “moon diamond.” A 14th-century book of Thai poems describes 23 types of Siamese cats; today only six breeds are left. Giving a pair of Si Sawat cats (a type of Siamese cats) to a bride is supposed to bring good luck to the marriage.

16. Thailand is home to what may be the world’s longest snake, the reticulated python. The largest one ever found stretched over 33 feet (10 m) from end to end.

17. Thailand is home to the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. The cobra can reach more than 18 feet long, and one bite from it can kill an elephant.

18. Swiftlet nests are made from strands of saliva from the male swiftlet bird. Swiftlet nests collected from Thai caves can fetch more than $900 per pound. It is one of the world’s most coveted and expensive food items.

19. The Mekong River, which forms part of Thailand’s eastern border, supports more than 1,300 species of fish. It holds some of the world’s largest freshwater fish, including a giant catfish which can reach nearly 10 feet long and weigh as much as 660 lbs.

20. One of Thailand’s most curious creatures is the mudskipper, which is a fish that is capable of walking on land and climbing trees. It uses its fins to “walk” and can absorb oxygen through its skin and lining in its mouth. It spends most of its time out of the water, eating the algae in tidal pools.


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