Welcome. I am so glad you stopped by!
My name is Alyssa Esparaz. I’m a Jesus follower and shalom seeker. I love to write, speak, inspire and make things happen. When I’m not doing those things, I am likely travelling the world, watching or playing basketball, eating ice cream or spending time with family and friends.
I’m also trying to talk as little as possible about myself in this thing. Because it’s really not about me.
I'm convinced that this life is all about figuring out how to live as a recipient of the amazing grace and unending love of Christ. It's about establishing, living and spreading His Kingdom—on earth as it is in heaven.
It's about being moved with compassion as Jesus was for the world's most vulnerable people. It's about running towards the most broken places on earth armed with radical love, subversive peace, reckless faith and unwavering hope—and facing your own brokenness in the process. It's about the holiness of imperfection-made-whole in Jesus.
I’m still trying to figure it out. It gets messy sometimes.
You too? Perfect. Let’s do it together.
Some of the more formal stuff about me:
I am Chinese-Filipino-Canadian and live in Toronto, Canada.
I am studying International Development at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Critical Development Studies.
I work for Compassion Canada as Writer & Communicator. Compassion was a passion of mine before it was my job. The short version of the story is that I convinced my parents to sponsor a child when I was 12, travelled to visit that child and became a Compassion Volunteer at 14, sponsored my own child at 15 and started working for Compassion at 19. I feel so blessed to have work that inspires me every day.
Quite by accident, I fell in love with communicating the message of Jesus in front of groups of people when I was a teenager. I love opportunities to speak at events and gatherings and I would love to chat about coming to speak at yours.
I love communicating through the written word and as on-screen talent, which you can learn more about here.