contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.


Asian American InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (AAIV) is a fellowship at the University of Washington. We look to empower Asian Americans to transform the campus.




I came into UW with only academic expectations for myself — I never thought much about the location or the weather, or even about my social or spiritual development in the novel setting.

Coming into AAIV and the faith last year was honestly like that moment in lecture when you realize you don’t even know enough to comprehend how much you don’t know about the material... 

College had always been just a stepping stone for me on my way to a future career, but being in this community of unapologetically faithful Christians has taught me so much more about intentionality and purpose.

Cultivating friendships requires an intentional investment of time and effort. I asked myself, how can I expect to know God if I’m not willing to invest in the relationship? I feel like I learned more about Christianity in the past year than in all my pre-college years — having Christian friends around me and seeing others praying, singing, and proudly proclaiming their faith without hesitation completely changed my perception of Christianity.

Watching my mentors and role models in AAIV inspired me to incorporate these fundamentals into my daily life, but even now I’m still not exactly sure where I am in my faith. After all, how do my prayer and scripture readings apply to my relationships? My career? My end goal in life? I see God’s work in my own life, but I know I still need to do more than just thank God for the gifts I have received from Him.

In the last year and a half, this is probably the most important thing I’ve learned: Having faith is an ongoing process that never stops teaching us more about God’s glory, and I will dedicate myself to being an eternal student.

“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Matthew 7:14 ESV




When I joined AAIV, I didn’t know anyone. I thought that was normal until I looked around the room and saw that everyone had their own friends and their own circles, and I was just alone. Large group was the worst. It’s crazy feeling alone in a room of 100 happy and laughing people.  I never felt like I fit in. I’m adopted, grew up in a white family, in a white area, going to a white church. All my life I felt like an outsider for being Asian, but here at AAIV, I didn’t feel Asian enough, or even Asian American enough. There seemed to be a mold that everyone fit into except me. The only thing that kept me going was guilt. My small group leaders were so nice that I felt bad not going. By the grace of God, I continued to go to AAIV.

About a year into going to AAIV, I realized that a lot of people don’t feel like they fit in. Whether it’s feeling too Asian, too American, not Christian enough or whatever else, a lot of people question if they truly belong.

WHAT THE? How can a fellowship of 200 people feel so lonely and isolated?

I don’t blame anyone who left AAIV. But if you’re here and reading this, I urge you to dig deeper. I started meeting up with people and hearing their stories. Over time, all those empty smiling faces became people with thoughts and feelings behind them. They had lives filled with love and pain, joy and hardship. I would be there for them, and they would be there for me.

It’s been one of the hardest things I’ve done, and it’s stretched me more than I ever would have imagined. But, as dorky as it sounds, it’s worth it.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if AAIV became a place in which no one felt alone or outcast? I don’t know if it’s possible, and I’m only one person, but at least I’ll try. 



Something that I’ve been struggling with my whole life is God's plan for me. The process of trying to understand this has been challenging, but through this process of discovering what God wants me to do, I’ve learned that my spiritual walk affects my personal life, work life, and student life. We all go through life’s circumstances and we are given the freedom to either let it change us for better or for worse, which is why I believe that life truly is a journey that shapes us to be who we are. This concept took me a very long time to understand, as I am still in the process of discovering more of God’s plan for me.

However, one of the major things that I have learned as a college student is that the more I sacrificed things for God, the more He blessed me. Before I entered college, I wasn’t in the best place with God, but still He blessed me with a supportive group of friends that poured into me and walked alongside me. Since then, I have seen the ways that I’ve grown in my faith and the ways that my relationship with God has strengthened. I realized that God continues to provide me with things beyond my expectations and that without the people, circumstances, and struggles that He placed in my life, I would not be where I am today. In the time that I’ve reconciled my relationship with God, He has taught me so much, which is why I hope to share the truths that I learned to people around me.



For the past couple of years, I’ve been struggling a lot with a sense of God’s calling—especially relating to my career choice. I keep hearing this common theme in the church that you should go into the industry you feel called to. For my sister, that meant studying to become a physical therapist to help underprivileged disabled children learn to walk. Or for my brother, that meant studying to become a nurse and help people recover and serve with a servant’s heart. And then there’s me. Studying business because I hate science and am bad at math… something seems off.

Too often I find myself trying to justify why I want to do business. ‘Cause, isn’t the point of business helping the rich get richer? That doesn’t sit too well with me, so I tell myself: “business is full of depraved people who need Jesus. That’s why I’m doing it.” Or “I’ll be that light in the business world and bring back good morals and ethical practices.”

And then God showed me a professional business fraternity called DSP. A group of friendly, genuine, and smart people—similar to AAIV ;). These same similarities between the people of DSP and AAIV made it easy for me to connect with multiple on a deeper level. However, it was through these deep connections did I realize how broken people were. That despite their smile, despite their success, despite their JP Morgan Financial Analyst Hedge Fund Manager Goldman Sachs Venture Capital internship, they were broken and seeking more. And that’s when I knew, God has placed me in DSP for a reason. I represent a POWER far greater than me, a kind of LOVE that knows no bounds, a type of JOY that is so pure, and a form of FORGIVENESS that no one has heard. Lemme tell you somethin’: God is working in DSP. I feel it. I know it. Hearts are being stirred. Testimonies are being told. And Scripture is being shared. C’mon church, stand up on yo feet and lift up a shout of praise for the Lord; can I get an Amen!!!

Hahaaaa you already know. God is good. As to if that’s my calling for business, still not sure. But all I can do is trust in the Lord with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding.



As a college student well into my second year, looking back I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned more even when high school me thought I already knew all there was to know about myself. I’ve always thought I was an open and vulnerable person, but maybe I’m not as much I thought I was. I’ve always thought that I knew what it meant to be loved by Jesus, but maybe not as much as I thought I did. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been conscious this entire time, and yet there are so many layers and walls to my heart that I didn’t know were there. 

And just like how God doesn’t give you a flashlight and tells you to meander the cave alone, but is the light Himself, He has been slowly revealing to me the ways I fell from Him. He has been slowly breaking down those walls I literally did not know were there. Specifically in the ways I like to categorize my emotions. 

If an emotion is illogical or unnecessary I throw it out the window. If it’s not deemed worthy in the situation I suppress it and move on because if it doesn’t help me on my journey then why waste my energy on it? I was really struggling with this when my mentor last year spoke some real truth and I was low-key shook mid bite into my pho at Saigon Deli. She asked me “How can you expect to have a deep and healing relationship with God if you don’t let him reach you even in your smallest moments of hurt?” 

To this day I’ve been trying to uproot lies that have embedded themselves in my heart and understand that God knows me and loves me despite all the lies I've believed. I am extremely grateful for the intentional vulnerability in the AAIV community and how the community has pushed me to basically sumo wrestle the lies of this world. Spiritual GAINZ. Also I hope y’all signed up for mentorship because obviously where would I be without mine! Shout out to my mentor, you know who you are.




What was your experience with YWAM like?

The last six months have been a crazy journey for me. I went to Kona, Hawaii for a missionary organization called, “Youth With A Mission” (YWAM). The vision of YWAM is to “know God and to make Him known." I had 3 months of training in Hawaii and 3 months of outreach in the Philippines. It was such an eye opening experience and has changed my life completely. Having intimacy with God became a more prominent aspect of my life, and I had the opportunity to experience the kingdom of God. The most important thing I learned during this time is ‘simple obedience’. Taking a break from school in the middle of college was never an option in my mind, and it was out of the norm in our society. However, I feet like my life is actually so much more than just going to school, having a good career, raising a good family, etc. As Christians, our lives are more than living for ourselves; we have the opportunity to spread the love of God to others. When God first told me to go to YWAM, I was very scared to go to a foreign place and live with strangers for 6 months; however, when I said YES to God, my life was filled with so many blessings that were beyond my imagination. I was blessed to have an amazing community, gain confidence in my identity, and spread His love to other nations. As much as I received tremendous love from God and other people, I was also able to give love to others. I had the best time in YWAM learning about who God is, who I am in God’s image, and how I can apply my purpose in life to real life. I didn’t have to work hard to receive all these blessings, but all it took was just simply saying YES to God. God wants all of us to feel His love and truly know who He is. Sometimes, you just need to obey, and you will see things that will blow your mind away. You will never regret it! A promise refers to the future, but obedience means NOW. I am more than happy to say that I love doing life with Jesus!



In the video, the following questions are asked: What is music to you? How does music & faith intersect in your life? What’s the key to authentic worship? Enjoy!





When the going gets tough, it’s gets really tough.

Ever since I was young, I had a sense of what I wanted to do, and how to do it. My hard work would pay off, and I could be at a place I wanted to be at. Then, seemingly out of nowhere these last few years, I started to fall short of meeting my life goals. Like, ALL of them. Some of the things happening in my life were out of my control, and after years of having things work out, it seemed like my life was unraveling. Life was handing me L after L and I exasperated. In turn, I started to get frustrated with God and blamed Him. It seemed like I was at the most important part of my life, and God just left me on my own.

As much as I’d like to say things started to go my way again and my relationship with God was repaired, things didn’t exactly go that way. What did change however, was my perspective. After a while, through the people God put in my life, He told me that I needed to stop living for myself and dictating exactly how my life was going to go—I had to be comfortable letting Jesus guide my life in the direction He needed it to go. Accepting that has been one of the largest obstacles in my faith, and it’s something that I’m having trouble facing even today. Heck, it’s probably something I’ll struggle with until I die. Since I started to acknowledge this however, I’ve been able to see so many different kinds of blessings and silver linings God has put in my life. I know everybody has heard this, but I think it’s really important to trust in the plan God has for each one of us. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. God gets going.




What was your upbringing like and how has it affected who you are today?

As a daughter of two Cambodian refugees, the two life lessons that were ingrained in me as I was growing up were success and independence. These life lessons were taught and carried out subtly through my parents’ choices to send me to a small, private, Christian school, with hopes of giving me a better education and future, and by their free-spirited parenting style, which often allowed me to decide a variety of things on my own—whether that be what I wanted to eat, what instruments I wanted to play, what I wanted to do besides playing an instrument, or how I wanted to spend my free time. I know what you’re thinking—This doesn’t sound like your typical Asian tiger parents. And they definitely weren’t. What for the longest time felt like absence in my life was simply that my parents were working tirelessly at our family doughnut shop in an effort to continue sending my two older sisters and I to private school. Although this created tension and resentment growing up, my parents’ two life lessons were impressed in me. Their hard work and desire for my happiness, intermingled with their willingness to give me independence, because they themselves lacked the opportunity of happiness and independence growing up, instilled in me a definition of success beyond worldly success and materialistic goods, even if it may have been a long, hard, and even ongoing journey to understanding that.

Today, I’m especially thankful for AAIV, the community I’ve found here (shoutout to Elm Women's SG <3), and my experience at Fall Con for reinforcing and contributing to my journey and my walk with God. I grew up around rather typical molds of the Chinese-American, which fueled a lot of resentment with my family, tension with my peers and created confusion with my own ethnic identity as a Chinese-Cambodian American. However, one question Pastor Drew Jackson posed at Fall Con that really stuck with me is—How is ignoring or rejecting our ethnic identity honoring God? Followed by Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” This question and verse really struck me and challenged me in my faith and how I initially perceived my ethnic identity. I am forever thankful and I am especially looking forward to more events with AAIV that will continue to challenge who I am and my relationship with God.





I don’t really know who God is. It’s something I struggle with a lot. This is me being real to myself, and to you.

I’m struggling with my faith. I can remember more days when I told myself I want to walk away from everything and live my life the way I want to rather than saying yes, I will follow you God. I have my doubts and uncertainties with God. I’m not even sure if I believe He exists anymore. I don’t see how God works in my life, how He loves me, how He is for me. If God is so good, then how come I have such a hard time seeing His goodness?

I look at my friends, and they have no problem committing fully to God. It’s not that they don’t struggle, they do. But at the end of the day, they will confidently choose God over everything else. It’s something I envy a lot. I wish I could be the person who doesn’t hesitate when it comes to God. I wish I could depend on God for everything. I wish I could have that desire to pursue Him every day. But right now, that’s not me, and deep down I don’t really know if I have a desire to pursue Him. I’m not going to commit to something or someone if I’m not going to give my 100%. With God, I’m not sure if I can fully give my all.

Honestly, I’m happy with my life. I like the way my life is right now; I love my friends and my community because I know they care for me more than I can imagine. But God isn’t really in the picture. And if I’m happy with life right now, then maybe I’m content with never having to pursue God. It’s a thought that really scares me, because if God really is real, then I know the consequences of not following God. 

I guess the Christian journey really is a difficult one, and definitely something I’m challenged by. But trust the process amirite?




What has God shown you about who you are?

Growing up, I never thought of myself as a leader—certainly not one in a Christian community. But during my freshman year of college, as I began to follow Jesus seriously, He called me to lead a small group.

And I said, “NOPE!”

Doubts filled my head. You don’t know enough about the Bible. You don’t pray enough. You’re not spiritual enough. You’re not good enough.

I’ll forever be thankful that my small group leader at the time, Angela Li, who encouraged me and removed these lies from my head. She saw something in me that I never saw in myself. God used her to push me out of my comfort zone and take a risk: become a small group leader.

Since that moment, I’ve never looked back.

The following year, God blessed me with an amazing small group. There was so much fruit and joy that came out of it; not because of anything that I did, but because God was faithful and was next to me every step of the way.

God showed me that I could be a leader in His church—that I had gifts meant to glorify Him and serve others. I learned that being a leader in God’s community is not about being confident and extroverted. It’s not about being a good public speaker. It’s not about having Biblical knowledge. It’s certainly not about having it all figured it out.

When you follow Jesus, He’ll call you into things that are uncomfortable and even scary. And I feel that we often make excuses as to why we we’re not cut out for these things. And we allow these lies to dictate our lives. And we remain comfortable to the point of complacency.

But in the Gospels, Jesus calls the most ordinary fishermen to be His disciples. He didn’t go find the best public speakers or the most knowledgeable teachers. He called some average Joes to be the foundation of His church.

I used to believe that there’s all these prerequisites to serving God, like when you apply to a major. But Jesus never says, “Come, follow me… if you meet my requirements."

He says, “Come, follow me, and let me handle the rest." That’s the only prerequisite – to say YES to Jesus.

I hope that each of us in AAIV will say YES to Jesus too, in whatever way that may be. Because in God’s Kingdom, we all have something to offer. 




How has the AAIV community impacted your college experience so far?

It was probably my second day on campus when Brenden, Evan, and I decided to check out the basketball courts at the IMA. I remember walking into the building to find the place packed, with little space to shoot hoops on. We saw this big group of guys looking like they were having a great time when out of the blue, one of them asked us if we wanted to join their pick-up game. That person was Weda. From there, we were introduced to the rest of the Saturday Morning Sports crew, and ultimately AAIV. Entering college, my top priority was to find a smaller community where I could create strong friendships, find support, and challenge myself to grow. I’m blessed to have found AAIV that day at the IMA. As I became more involved in the fellowship, what amazed me the most was how quickly I felt like I was apart of the community. Honestly, I never expected to become friends with any juniors or seniors this year; I remember getting to know a bunch of the AAIV upperclassmen while watching the Huskies play Colorado. My small group has been amazing too (shout out to Maple Men’s). From hooping, playing 2K, and deep frying smores, it’s amazing to see how we’ve formed a brotherhood in such a short period of time. And just being surrounded by an amazing group of people at large group has helped me grow exponentially in my identity and faith in God. AAIV has been everything I looked for in a community, and ultimately, it’s a blessing from above that I was able to find it only a couple days into my freshman year. 




What does community mean to you?

Community has played an extremely important role in my walk with Christ, especially growing up in a non-Christian family and not having the chance to attend church regularly until this year. For me, community has always been a place I could call home. It’s a place where I could learn and be surrounded by like-minded brothers and sisters. It's a place where I could share joy and my burdens of simple things like school, or the brokenness and hurt weighing heavily on my heart. It’s a place where people can worship together, laugh together, cry together, pray together, and grow together. You can hold each other accountable. Most importantly, you are there to love and support one another just as the Lord has commanded us (John 13:34). Community was something I found in my high school fellowship and it was something I was eager to find in college.

On the night of the first AAIV large group, my fears of commuting home (to Renton) alone in the dark and the anxiousness of being a socially-awkward person, having to actually SOCIALIZE, almost kept me away from attending, as it did the day before for a different fellowship. All throughout the day I wrestled with my thoughts saying, “I REALLY want to go but—”, and then it clicked “but what?!” I realized I was letting my fears and anxieties keep me away from something so important to me. While praying that afternoon I could hear the loving voice of God reminding me to trust in Him, and He will provide for me. So, I took His cue and went that night, and He really did provide for me—He brought me to find a new friend and sister who I could commute home with on those late nights, as well as led me to find community within the Commuter’s Small Group Family.

This year God has really been reminding me the importance of community and to seek Him out even in the smallest of trials. He has also really opened my eyes to the amazing people He has placed in my life so far (like friends who spam my texts making sure I’m home safe or my gracious parents who pick me up late at night), and I’m excited to deepen old friendships as well as I continue to make new ones through AAIV this year!



What have you learned so far in college that you didn't expect?

I've been a bigger person for the majority of my life. Compared to all the other Asians back at my home church, I've always been the biggest. It was probably the worst in high school, when many adults in my church would comment on my weight or tease me about it. And while I know it was good fun, by no means did it boost my self confidence...

I began college feeling pretty bad about myself. Everyone else just felt more attractive than I could ever be. I happened to stumble upon AAIV and I joined a little out of desperation. I was so lonely I just needed to be around other people. But even then, I still felt very similar to how I grew up feeling, with everyone being very good looking, and me being me. 

But this feeling quickly changed. When I started to engage more with the community, I realized that everyone in this community was so nice and accepting of who I was. It felt almost unreal. I have never had a community that I could feel so comfortable around.

However, by no means does this mean everything is fixed or that I have truly accepted myself for who I am. Days can still be rough. Some days I still don't even want to leave my bed... But life has become so much better. Thanks to the people in AAIV, I am reminded that I am LOVED just the way I am and that I'm more than I ever thought I was.



(A journal entry from one year ago)

"Angela, focus. Why are your heart and mind so far away? Yeah, you remember feeling so hurt, broken, lonely, tired, lost all these years. But do you ALSO remember your prayers? Remember chasing after God and finding the comfort and love you've been missing in your life? Remember the miracles He has shown you without you even asking? Remember the joy He gave you when you gave your all to Him? Angela, REMEMBER. Even when things hurt, never forget His goodness. He has been the light in the darkness this entire time. He is always and constantly blessing you—giving you everything you need and more. He loves you, so delight in Him." 

Last year, God helped me recognize that my self-worth was tainted. My heart had been shattered by things of this world, and I believed it could never be mended. But God reminded me that He longs to heal me and cleanse my heart, and with the power of prayer, He revealed Himself to me in ways that I could never imagine. My first two years of college was solely focused on always seeking Him. My priority was finding Him in every situation I ran into, YET my faith always wavered... But I realized that even though my faith shakes, the One I put my faith IN is UNSHAKABLE, and that gave me so much peace. By learning to stand firm in my faith and to fully surrender to Him, God answered my prayers for steadfastness.

This year, I have been exposed to Jesus in new and greater ways. I am learning how to be used well to expand His kingdom. I have never been more confident in who I am, and despite any challenges I face, I am overflowing with joy because my LIFE and IDENTITY are now firmly rooted in Him. I know I will always have so much more to learn and to grow, but I declare that Christ is my SAVIOR and that I commit every day to choosing Him.




What area in your life is God wanting to transform?

I believe that God has really been putting reconciliation of broken relationships on my heart for the past few years.


Sometimes I wonder if they are even worth keeping, and often times I just want to give up. However, I hear God’s tender voice in the midst of my pain and He says,

“In all your rebellion, I never abandoned you.”

And so when I reflect on His faithful commitment and His unchanging love, I am compelled to mend the broken relationships in my life. It’s not easy work. How do you reconcile with someone who has no desire to rebuild a relationship? How do you set down your pride to reach out to someone and apologize? I don’t know. I really don’t think you can on your own. I have only ever been able to when God transforms my heart. When He finally takes away my bitterness, when He humbles me to think beyond my selfish comfort, He stirs me to reach out. To send that one text, make that one phone call, or say something first. He is the one who moves through me to fix the brokenness in my life. He changes my perspective to pray for the person I need to reconcile with. I’m working through a process of reconciliation right now and I really struggle with wanting to stay selfish and continuing to ignore my friend because of my own pettiness... I’m currently waiting for my heart to catch up to the righteousness of God, so that I can be gladly obedient to Him.

When it comes to reconciliation, I can say with confidence that the next one always gets easier. Over and over, and in those small steps of obedience, He leads me to conquer mountains of separation and be a part of a community that is striving to be centered around Him.

Just as God never gave up on me, I’m trying not to give up on the people who are called to be my community. God, in His perfection, as the trinity, demonstrates perfect love between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “We love because He first loved us.” - 1 John 4:19



What have you learned from your personal walk with Christ?

My church has seen better days, starting with the leadership of the legendary Daniel Cohen and ending with my senior year in high school. I learned in those times that it’s easy being a Christian when it’s convenient. Then the fire nation attacked...

Just kidding, but my parents left the church. My community shattered as other families left too. I was abruptly forced into a leadership position that I wasn't prepared for, leading the worship band. I grew to resent it. Not only was I insecure about leading, but I was also upset about this change in my life. My attitude in leading became obvious to the rest of the youth group, which only consisted of 4 middle schoolers, and my faith became inauthentic. Resentment and bitterness built up in my heart toward my church, my parents, and even God.

Looking back at that part of my life, I learned a valuable truth about loving Jesus: It is not going to be a walk in the park. The world will batter you either spiritually, emotionally or physically. Whether if it is subtle or direct, small or big, the enemy will want me to turn my back on God. But in learning this truth, it led me to understand another truth, a beautiful, amazing truth: God will always welcome you back with open arms, regardless of what you have done or where you have been.

After my freshman year at UW and after experiencing the awesome community of AAIV, I sought healing. The summer after freshmen year at UW was different. I chose to change my attitude and go back to church. I led worship again and I didn’t care how I sounded to the youth group. And you know what, some of them (like 2), even started to sing more too. God is SO GOOD. My parents and I mended our broken relationship, and even more importantly, I pursued God. I pursued a genuine faith in my relationship with Him. My church is still in need of revival, but I have complete trust in my Saviour that he will transform the community where I first encountered His love.

Job 1:21 reads, “[and said]: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’”

Seriously, may the name of the Lord be praised, through the best of times and worst of times.



What does living a life transformed by Jesus mean to you?

Living a life transformed by Jesus is a life of freedom, victory, and opportunity. I grew up in the church and I always thought that I was “good” and “Christian”. In high school, no one could tell I was Christian because my life outside of church wasn’t consistent with who I was at church... I had everyone fooled, even myself. Living with two identities eventually it took its toll on me. During my senior year of high school, I grew tired of the double life that I was living, I grew tired of hiding things. I asked myself the big questions. Is God real? Are all of the things I have learned in church real? Is all of this worth it?

During this time I remember hearing Revelation 3:15-16 during a message at church... “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” I had heard that verse before, but this time, it was different. It resonated with me. I remember praying to God in desperation for him to change me and to move his Spirit within me. It was during that prayer when everything I had grown up hearing in church became real to me and started to make more sense. I saw how much God truly loves me by sending Jesus to die on the cross to save me. Through that encounter, I was able to intimately experience the transforming love of Jesus for reals. The best part of that experience is knowing that Jesus doesn't transform us once or twice, but he continues to transform us daily when we dedicate our lives to Him. 



For the 2016-2017 year, AAIV will be starting a new series called "People of AAIV," which is similar to Humans of New York, but individuals will be asked various questions around the topic of faith! Answers will be shared every Sunday! If you, or someone you know, would like to participate, please let someone on the leader's team know so that we can feature you! 

We are also going to share devotionals/testimonies throughout the year from people in AAIV, so stay tuned! Through sharing one another's stories, we hope to empower one another so that together, we can boldly live out our faith on campus!