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