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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ashley's Home

You guys remember Ashley, the Florida senior who sent what might be the coolest e-mail of all time. Just after Passion 07 we received this at the Passion House from her:

Hi, I feel kinda weird writing this email. And i doubt if it ever gets to Mr Louie Giglio. I am a Senior at The University of Florida. I got a new roommate this semester and she is a Christian and I have never really been into the whole Christian thing because every pastor or speaker that I have ever listened to didn't speak in a language I could understand. I have believed in God and Jesus, but never really understood it because the preachers at the church that I have always been forced to go to every Sunday of my life. They speak all high and mighty and I never really felt connected, and I felt like God was only for the perfect people.
Well my roommate went to this Passion Conference over winter break. And she came back and moved into my apt and she was real and genuine about all her Christian stuff, like I have never seen before in a person. She said that God changed her at this conference, so i was like what are you talking about. And she told me. She told me about how God was cool, and how God really wanted a deeper relationship with her, and she wanted to really love God the way he loved her, so of course I was like well huh? She then said you need to listen to Louie talk about God, so I asked who Louie was, and she put on the Indescribable talk, and then we watched the Passport talk. And in the Passport talk you said that Christians do not have to just hope for the best at the end, that they do not have to do enough good stuff. You explained how to get to heaven in a simple way, in a way that I have never heard before. I actually got it, I got it that it is not about being so good, cause I am not a good person. I have screwed up a lot. But then you said grace, and talked about how is was different than other religions. Because God is a loving and a kind God who wants to forgive me. My roommate then explained that he wants to forgive me.
Now for one of the reasons I am thanking you. One, I am now a Christian. And two, my roommate said that she had never really cared about telling others about how much God loved her before she went to this conference. So though I am not sure who will ever read this. Please tell Louie thanks from me, for talking about Christ in a way that a college kid can understand. I know that Jesus has changed my life and as I get ready to graduate college in May, I am gonna be a different person. I am sorry this is kinda rambling but I just had to tell you that I now know about the Grace of God, and I have life for the first time in my 22 years

Ashley

I will never forget the day her message came. And I'm not going to forget last Friday. Waking early for the last day of Thirsty, I happened to see this on my Blackberry and opened it.

Dear Mr. Giglio,
It is with a heavy heart that I send you this email. My daughter is Ashley, she wrote you an email that went on your blog and podcast Well, today May 3rd at 4pm we buried Ashley. She was killed in a car accident late on Sunday night. She lost control of her car and hit a light pole. She was the only car involved and had serious internal bleeding. She died in the arms of my husband at the hospital from unstoppable internal bleeding. But I have hope of seeing my daughter again. I have this hope because after years of praying for her, and watching her live a lifestyle in college that is known as the typical college experience. The last semester of her college career I saw a woman, not a college girl that I have never been more proud to call my daughter. I can point the thanks to you and Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Matt Redman, and everyone else involved in your Passion Conferences. Ashley fell in love with our Savior over the last 5 months of her life. She was so excited about graduation this week and moving to California to work her first real job. She had a life ahead of her. I miss my beautiful princess more than anything in this world.

But I just felt like you should know that she listened to as many of your talks as she could get her hands on and read your book I am not but I know I am and she was so excited about God and her new found faith. Words alone can not thank you enough. I may never meet you here on earth, but I know that someday I will be able to meet you and give you a hug in heaven, but only after Ash does. Thank you so much for praying for my girl, and your support of her as she was starting her new life. Also thanks for being a man of God who has a passion, and love for college students.

Your vision to share the gospel and getting college students to do the same made all the difference at a funeral today. Instead of being sad and scared for her. We were able to sing praise and worship songs today. Though there will be tears and I am so very heartbroken and crying as I type this, it is only because I will not hold her for so many years. And I will miss her for the rest of my life. I know I have said thank you a lot in this email, but because of you and Christa (Ashley's roommate) and people at the Bible Study that she was going to she was happier than I have seen her in a very long time. In the email she originally sent you, it said she had life for the first time in her 22 years, and please know she meant every word of that. She lived the last few months serving and loving and learning more about Christ. She will now spend eternity in heaven with Him so one more time thanks. I know this was long and I debated for the last 4 days as to whether or not to write you. I know you are a very busy man, but I also figured you would want to know.
Ashley's Mom
Anna

By the third line tears were streaming down my face, blurring the words, but not the sudden reality of it all. I had just received an e-mail from Ashley a few days before saying how excited she was to finally be through with college and headed to a "real job" in the Bay Area of California. And now she was gone.

I was crushed, but I found myself pumping my fist in the air, confident that Jesus Christ overwhelmed death and the grave. And just in the nick of time, He reached through the confusion and hopelessness and brought Ashley back to life again. Her mom was kind enough to allow me to share her e-mail and sent a photo of Ashley so we could all put a face with the name that has brought much rejoicing throughout the Passion world in recent months. Anna, please know that you and your family will be in our hearts and prayers as you begin the process of living without the daughter you so deeply love. You will see her again. And with our prayers we are praising God for matchless mercy...mercy that saved the day and carried Ashley safely home.

PS- You can leave a message at the Facebook group Ashley's mom has created here.

115 Comments:

  • Wow...I almost am crying reading that. I remember that email you discussed, and I never expected to read she had died in this post.
    Thank you for the reminder I needed that we are not promised tomorrow.
    God bless,
    Lauren

    By Anonymous Lauren N, at 5/10/2007 1:54 PM  

  • Only God knew in January just how crucial it was for Ashley to hear and understand the Truth of the Gospel, for that Truth to pierce her heart and bring her to life. In His grace He set her up with a Christian roommate (Christa), and He led Christa to Passion 07 to set her on fire for Him - so Ashley and others could know Him.

    Lord, only You know what the future holds for each person who crosses our paths. You did not keep Ashley's car from hitting that pole, but You intervened by giving her life in January so she could join You in May. O Lord, quicken our hearts to the Truth - that life is short, especially compared to eternity. That each person we meet needs You, needs Your life; that you may wish to use us as Your mouthpiece, Your representative, just as You used Christa to speak the words of Life to Ashley.

    O Lord, minister to Ashley's mom and dad, family and friends. Thank You that they can grieve with hope, knowing Ashley is with you and they will see her again; but Lord, anyone who has grieved knows it still hurts deeply to lose a loved one. Especially a child. Please wrap Your arms around each one who grieves losing Ashley, and minister as only You can. And Lord, please redeem this tragedy of a life cut short - use Ashley's life and story to advance Your Kingdom.

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 5/10/2007 2:12 PM  

  • Louie and Ashley's family,
    Thank you for sharing this story. It is always wonderful to hear great stories of God's grace an of how his plan is masterful and far beyond our comprehension. Praise to Christ for saving Ashley and for saving all of us! What a gift that we do not deserve.

    By Blogger Chris, at 5/10/2007 3:09 PM  

  • My group was floored when you read that at Thirsty. After such an emotional couple of days and seeing Bella on Thursday night, my wife told me that she didn't think she had any more tears to shed - and then you read this email.

    But it's a testimony to how important it is to reach out to those around you!! Thankfully this roommate was able to share her faith after the Passion conference lifted her spirits. Wow, wow! Thanks for sharing this on the blog too.

    By Blogger Chris Whisonant, at 5/10/2007 3:09 PM  

  • This is really life changing...I don't know what to say... I really can't fight back the tears...

    I need to go and process this news first, all I know is that Ashley is in a far better place than we are tonight.
    My sister in Christ, we will see you one day.

    My warmest sympathy goes out to Ashley's family and friends.
    I'll pray for you all.

    By Blogger kari, at 5/10/2007 3:16 PM  

  • Louie,
    My heart is heavey hearing about this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the passion team as you mend from this news.
    I praise God that Ashley was able to hear and recieve Christ in January. I praise God for all the vessels He used in order for Ashley to become A child of the Most High God.
    His ways are higher then our ways. He knew the details of this from the beginning. It is sad how God took her so suddenly. I pray for dramatic healing and for Gods strong arms of Love will wrap around all of Ashleys family during this time. I pray God that anyone who has uncertainty of who You really are that in this they will come to know You.
    God You know that as mere humans we question and grieve, But allow us to sense Your hand heavey on us, that You too weep, but Your is of joy. One more child is home safe with You. In that we rejoice.

    Elizabeth

    By Blogger eliz, at 5/10/2007 3:25 PM  

  • Praise God for Ashley's roommate..for being bold and sharing truth with Ashley so that today she is in Heaven at the feet of Jesus. What a powerful reminder for all of us...what's at stake...to be bold..to live a lives that reflect Jesus in everything we do so our roommates...family...friends...strangers can know the Truth.

    Thank you Jesus for being victorious over death and the source of true Life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/10/2007 3:39 PM  

  • wow...you almost got me crying after reading that. as kinda bad as it sounds that's pretty awesome though. thank you for reminding me again of the urgency to preach the Gospel to others as much as possible.

    By Blogger Mary, at 5/10/2007 4:05 PM  

  • ..how awesome is our God? Tears were pouring down my face as i read. how bitter sweet..what AMAZING GRACE. God knew her heart..He KNEW. what a faithful God we have. I remember reading the blog when her email was posted..& now..she's gone. But she's in the arms of our Father. she's dancing with the angels..& sharing her story of the past months. Thank you SO much for sharing this story..Anna, our thoughts & prayers are with you. with everything we have.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/10/2007 4:11 PM  

  • Amazing Grace...

    By Blogger Trevor, at 5/10/2007 4:37 PM  

  • I know that this weekend will be especially hard on Ashley's mother. I am keeping her family, Louie, and the extended Passion family in my daily prayers. Tears streamed down my face as I listened to Louie read this heartbreaking email but they were also full of gratitude. Thankfulness to a Father who snatched one from the enemy's hands at just the right time. I pray that all the students, teachers, worship leaders, volunteers and staff of the 268 generation are strengthened knowing that no small thing that we do in His name is too small. We are part of this beautiful story and we can confidently say that Jesus conquered the grave for us all.

    May the God of all comfort surround all those who are in mourning in the wake of this news and the Virginia Tech news. Let us never forget that our grieving will not last a lifetime. We are not home yet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/10/2007 4:38 PM  

  • Wow...I don't know how to respond. I am sad and crying for Ashley and her family and friends, but at the same time I am so excited for her because she truly knows Christ and is actually in the courts of God right now and she never has to leave or experience pain again.

    To Ashley's parents: we love you and will pray for you. I think your hope in all of this is beautiful. I am sorry for your loss.

    I am not sure how you could go into a session after that email Louie, but as I think about this I am filled with confidence that this story is going to be fuel for many people in their ministry and for God's renown in our generation. You have so many crazy things going on, it's unbelievable. I think about the guy from Phoenix and the gathering you went to at VTU and now this story. God is using you powerfully. Thank you for being obedient. "I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on; a glorious light beyond all compare!"

    By Blogger Kyle, at 5/10/2007 5:38 PM  

  • so very hard to read this...and yet still we will praise Him.

    thank you so much to ashley's mom for sharing your letter to louie. i pray in your grief anna of never holding your daughter again, you will take the comfort offered by the One who is holding her tightly for all of eternity. how much Jesus loves your daughter ashley.

    our prayers are with you anna and your family.

    By Blogger anne, at 5/10/2007 5:54 PM  

  • We Win.

    By Blogger Evans Newell, at 5/10/2007 6:25 PM  

  • My heart is so heavy right now...When I read that she had passed away my heart was just aching and it still is...I remember that e-mail! I will be keeping Ashley's whole family in many prayers! Though my heart is very sad it is also rejoicing to know that she is home with her Father and she is ALIVE in Him! It is so wonderful to know that these last few months of her life were being so excited about God and loving Him with all her heart.Though I have never met Ashley I will never forget her story...

    Much Love and Prayers go out to you Anna and your whole family!

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 5/10/2007 6:29 PM  

  • Wow, amazing.
    Thank you Anna and the rest of Ashley's family for sharing this with us. I'm amazed at God's hand in your lives. I'll be praying as you grieve yet divinely enabled to rejoice.

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 5/10/2007 8:17 PM  

  • Amazing!

    Amazing!

    We serve such an amazing God!

    Not one is comparable; no one surmountable; no walk of life more worthy than to treasure our Lord God and share Him with others. Thank you, Lord, for Ashley. Thank you for one saved and precious life. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for never moving from your Holy place...and being willing to withhold your wrath so you can draw people to Yourself.

    Your fields are white unto harvest. May your workers in this generation be many.

    By Blogger Kendra, at 5/10/2007 8:49 PM  

  • Thank you God for the work you did in Ashley's life. Thank you for what you've done, what you're doing and what you'll continue to do in Christa's life. Thank you for sending your Son and giving us a chance.

    We SOOO win!

    By Anonymous stephen, at 5/10/2007 10:00 PM  

  • Wow! (Pumping fist) Thank you. Thank you.

    By Anonymous BelievingThomas, at 5/10/2007 10:39 PM  

  • I am going to take this story and share it with my Campus Crusade project teammates here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I hope that Ashley's story will inspire us to an even greater degree to share our faith with students on campus this summer. We saw two students on Tuesday night accept Christ as Saviour and we desire to see many more to have that reconciliation with God that Ashley so enjoyed over the past few months.

    Ben Harrison
    ben_fedora@hotmail.com

    By Anonymous Ben Harrison, at 5/10/2007 10:43 PM  

  • what an amazing story. praise the giver of life.

    parents: thank you for finding the boldness to share this story with louie. it gives all of us passion kids greater encouragement to shine.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/10/2007 11:19 PM  

  • Louie, I was there at Thirsty when you read the letter the morning you received it. First let me say thank you for being so transparent and open. I cannot image how difficult it must have been to have to step up in that session and end the thirsty conference in that moment. Thank you for being so real, and not trying to hide your own pain as you shared that morning. I pray that God rewards your faithfulness.

    I had been following Ashley's story from the blog and podcast, and so when you read that email, my heart just broke in disbelief. But praise God our Father who brings glory to His name in life and in death. I'm sure that Ashely's story is going out there way beyond even being able to trace it. Praise God for the eternal life he brings.

    I pray for Ashley's parents. I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult this must be. I can only pray that they will find a little comfort in knowing that the story of how their daughter's life intersected with Jesus is shaping and changing lives. Out of her story rises hope.

    May God's grace, peace, strength and mercy be abundant.

    By Anonymous mike b., at 5/10/2007 11:41 PM  

  • What a savior. 1 Cor. 15:58

    By Blogger Shiloh, at 5/10/2007 11:55 PM  

  • The grave is not the end, death strikes not the final blow.

    Thank you Jesus for grace that rescued Ashley and hold's her family now.

    We are praying for you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/11/2007 12:01 AM  

  • Wow!! I couldn't believe that even as I read it, yet my heart rejoices for Ashley and look forward to meeting her when it's my time to go home. Thanks Louie for sharing! Thank you to the family for sharing and rejoicing. God received great Glory from that very act of singing hymns and praises to God as you mourned!! God Bless!

    In Christ,
    A.J.

    By Anonymous A.J. Wagoner, at 5/11/2007 12:08 AM  

  • speechless.
    praying.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/11/2007 12:27 AM  

  • 1 Thess 4:13-14

    By Blogger David, at 5/11/2007 12:45 AM  

  • Is there a way we can watch this talk online?

    By Anonymous Andrew, at 5/11/2007 2:18 AM  

  • praying for ashley's family.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/11/2007 2:50 AM  

  • Wow! I'm shocked! Tears filled my eyes while reading this message. Thank you so much for sharing this story. Horrible news but such a comfort to know that she is with the Lord. I praise God that Ashley heard the gospel back in january and that she chose to live for Him! I'm praying for her family and friends, it must be hard to not have your daughter and friend around. I pray and hope many and many more people will hear this story and will find their way to God!

    We win!


    " When the Tears Fall" Tim Hughes


    I've had questions without answers
    I've known sorrow, I have known pain
    But there's one thing that I cling to
    You are faithful, Jesus You're true

    When hope is lost
    I call You Saviour
    When pain surrounds
    I call You Healer
    When silence falls
    You'll be the song within my heart

    In the lone hour of my sorrow
    Through the darkest night of my soul
    You surround me, You sustain me
    My defender for ever more

    When hope is lost
    I call You Saviour
    When pain surrounds
    I call You Healer
    When silence falls
    You'll be the song within my heart

    And I will praise You
    I will Praise You
    When the tears fall
    Still I will sing to You
    I will praise You
    Jesus praise You
    Through the suffering
    Still I will sing to You

    When hope is lost
    I call You Saviour
    When pain surrounds
    I call You Healer
    When silence falls
    You'll be the song within my heart

    I will praise You
    I will praise You
    When the tears fall
    Still I will sing to you
    I will praise You
    Jesus I will praise You
    Through the suffering
    Still I will sing to you

    When the laughter fails to comfort
    When my heart aches, Lord You'll be there
    When confusion is all around me
    And the darkness is my closest friend
    Still I'll praise You
    Jesus praise You

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 5/11/2007 4:33 AM  

  • Oh my word. How wonderful it was that God started to call Ashley's heart, so that she may live righteously for the deration! Thank you Father God!

    Oh my word... O Lord, should we never forget how short and unexpected life is, that we might live everyday out for your glory.
    Amen.

    By Blogger God's girl, at 5/11/2007 7:15 AM  

  • You know, and as painful as this example is, this IS what it IS all about. You'e blessed because of it!We all are. Keep up the great work that you do, being relevant in a world of irrelevance.

    By Anonymous Kurt, at 5/11/2007 10:21 AM  

  • God used Ashley as such a beautiful example! People who read this will be shaken, and I 'm so sure that this story is going to give so many people the courage to be bold and share what they have found in Jesus! This is what it is all about!

    Thank you so much for sharing it!
    Christa, you are amazing and God is so proud of you! We all should be like you, so that so many more people will hear about Jesus the way He really IS!

    I'm from Holland and this story is going around there too! (Thanks to Jacoline ;))

    Ashley and her family will be in my prayers!

    By Anonymous Anneleen from Holland!, at 5/11/2007 10:46 AM  

  • There are no words. This breaks my heart so much. I am so glad that she found her hope in Jesus. I know Passion changed my life, but I would have never dreamed of the amazing ripples that seem to keep venturing out from the 22,000+ that attended with me. Praise God for all He has done and all that He continues to do. Ashley's family and friends- you are definitely in my prayers!

    By Blogger Lauren, at 5/11/2007 3:15 PM  

  • Louie-
    My husband shared that story with me after he got home from Thirsty on Friday afternoon. As soon as he said, "Remember Ashley from the blog" I knew exactly whom he was talking about. I hope the college students realize what a critical time this is and reaching our campuses and friends is so vitally important.
    Thank you for sharing.

    By Blogger Karen, at 5/11/2007 3:28 PM  

  • Incredible. That's all I can think of at this point. We serve an awesome Savior! I along with my wife and some of our Young Adults was at Thirsty to hear and share in that story. This is what drives me as a Pastor to this generation. It's all about making Him known in the lives of these kids. Praise God!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/11/2007 5:47 PM  

  • ynhdk
    yeah, my life will never be lived the same again. sometimes it is just plain hard to follow God to rejoice in Him, to just believe, to love b/c on the other side of those sweet feelings are these gut wrenching times like these where we are clinging to Him because He is all we truly have. I thanked God for the extra minutes He gave me today with my loved ones, never knowing when will be my last. thank you Lord for Ashley's life and for using her story as you faithfully draw us closer to you as we must trust, must cling, must hold on to you and only you..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/11/2007 6:33 PM  

  • Louie,
    thank you so much for asking Anna's permission to share these things, for being so transparent, and for being faithful to the things God has called you to.


    Christa,
    I am so thankful you came to Passion and left there a shining light for Him; thankful that you shared Jesus with Ashley. May we all ask God to recognize such opportunities and the words to share with others;
    may the Lord bless you and encourage you Christa, and draw you ever closer to Him~


    Anna,
    Ashley's picture is beautiful. thank you so much for sharing the story of her life with us. I am so saddened at your loss. Yet I rejoice with you that she met Jesus during this past year and that you will see her again!
    Praying that the God of all Comfort will be tangibly present in your family's midst...be your Peace... your Shelter... your breath... your Strength...and your Hope
    blessings & a hug Anna~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 5/11/2007 10:52 PM  

  • Thank you for your prayers and your comments. My husband, my son, Ashley's dad, and her family as well as myself miss her so very much. But I am touched by how many lives my princess touched

    --Anna

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/12/2007 12:42 AM  

  • Wow. There are no words. The only thing that comes to mind is where is death's sting in this situation? It's not there - because we know that Ashley is home. What an amazing testimony of how God laid a burden on a girl's heart at Passion to go back and share her fire with others, and used that for His glory!

    Thank you for sharing this story. Another proof of how his thoughts are not ours, and how He has this divine plan that we can't even begin to fathom.

    The family is in my prayers

    By Blogger <>< Janelle, at 5/12/2007 1:35 AM  

  • I sat right next to Gina @ Thirsty when you read right off your blackberry, Louie. We both cried, ached, and rejoiced with you as you reminded us all about the beautiful news about Ashley. I'll never forget experiencing the Comforter fall down on us as we all sang "Mighty to Save" after your message. All week long it's blasted from my ipod and restores hope and clarity in my heart. I ache for Home, Louie. I ache to see my beloved dad who's partying with Ashley now! Thanks for hastening His return, Louie, and for leading our generation closer to Jesus.

    By Blogger Joan in Colorado, at 5/12/2007 2:46 AM  

  • ashley's mom,
    thank you for sharing this e-mail . i really can't imagine what you are feeling right now, but there are many people in the passion family who are praying for you from around the world.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/12/2007 4:26 AM  

  • Dear Anna, we as a family are praying for you and your family. We cannot begin to comprehend what you are going through but we are asking our Heavenly Father to hold you close and for you to experience Him as the God of all comfort.Praise God that you don't grieve as those who have no hope, but we know that you will see your beautiful Ashley one day, with Jesus.

    Thank you somehow doesn't seem to be enough to say to all of you at Passion, for what you are doing for our young people. But "thank you" enormously.

    By Blogger gail, at 5/12/2007 4:51 AM  

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    By Blogger Valerie, at 5/13/2007 3:25 AM  

  • My prayers are with Ashley's parents and loved ones in this time of grief. May Father God comfort your hearts and hold you close to His side.

    Take comfort in knowing that Ashley was able to begin her first real job. It began the moment she left this earth. Her life, her story will impact and change the hearts of many and lead them to Christ.

    Leading the lost to Christ is the most important job that we as christians can have. Ashley is carrying out her task at this very moment and will continue to do so as her story grows and is heard throughout the nations.

    I pray blessings and peace upon you all,

    Valerie

    By Blogger Valerie, at 5/13/2007 3:41 AM  

  • O great God, be glorified... there is NONE like YOU!

    May Jesus embrace you and your family Anna. I am confident He is embracing your daughter who is rejoicing before her Savior. May you be comforted by The Comforter. Yes, Lord you have given life to Ashley and I praise You! Thank you Lord. May she dance before Your throne.
    May You, Jesus, heal the hearts of this dear family. I praise You, for every prayer lifted for Ashley's life, who now has life. You have conquered death forever Jesus and made a way for Ashley to come home!

    Dear Louie, Thank you for sharing this story, through which Jesus has shown His hope, life and promise. Bless you all in the name of the Lord.

    Keep shining and go forth carrying the Good News, that yet while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us and through Him and Him alone, we are saved!

    In Him,
    Jennifer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/13/2007 8:45 PM  

  • wow. that is amazing. God works in amazing ways. My dad was kind of like that. Just when he got right with God and was going to church and genuinely loved Jesus, he got leukemia and God took him away from us. God wants the ones who love him so much, and who will do anything for him. He wanted Ashley because she was so in love with him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/13/2007 10:14 PM  

  • Praise God! However, i have to admit that i had to break out the klenex's. My heart goes out to this family, but what a great comfort of knowing that her princess is in heaven.
    Thank you Passion team for caring about these college kids. It is such a crucial time of their lives, in the sense of trying to reach them and share the kindness and love that God has to offer. I will continue to pray for the Passion movement, but there's no doubt; it's moving!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's a real testimony to be shared!
    friend of God

    By Anonymous friend of God, at 5/13/2007 11:34 PM  

  • Thank you Jesus. Please use this story to change lives for your glory for years to come. Please make us like Christa on our campuses. We pray against apathy, smooth-living, or living in defeat.

    Forgive me for living in my bubble.

    By Anonymous catherine the walker, at 5/14/2007 11:30 AM  

  • Having a sister named Ashley who hasn't fully seen Jesus and his redeeming love, this account moved me. Anna, be ever joyous! My whole family wants "success" for me and my sisters; six figure incomes, white picket fences, suburbia...happiness. My parents having those things and more still don't get what is happiness...that it is JESUS, our redeemer, and it's following him. Praise God that they are all discovering more and more of him, even if it's slow. I read this scripture today and I thought of you and your family. I hope it encourages you to know that your daughter is a daughter of God, and she lives!
    MARK 12:24-27 (God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, and God of Ashley!)

    By Anonymous brian, at 5/14/2007 1:32 PM  

  • My savior He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save he is mighty to save, forever, author of salvation he rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave.......I am nothing but a sojourner on this earth and ashley's story brings this fact front and center, the King of Kings owns everyone and he can require of us this life at any time. What a sovereign King, mighty and merciful, Gentle and Gigantic, Lion and Lamb-like.......Shine your light and let the whole world see that we're living for the glory of the risen KING.....Savior he can move the mountains my God is mighty to save he is mighty to save, forever author of salvation, he rose and conquered the grave, JEsus Conquered the GRAve.......

    By Anonymous Groove Jedi, at 5/14/2007 5:38 PM  

  • groove jedi, that was one of the songs that we sang at Ashley's funeral

    --Anna


    PS Thanks to everyone who prayed for me yesterday, as this was the worst and hardes mother's day ever.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/14/2007 11:19 PM  

  • praying for ashley and her family..praise God that Ashley was able to find a relationship w/ the Lord before the accident. thanks for sharing that with us Louie. It def. a reminder that we arent promised tomorrow. and ashley's fam..i'm praying hard for u guys. thanks for being willing to share this with us. we love u and pray that God gives u the strength to start ur new life with out ur daughter.

    made to worship,
    rachael

    By Anonymous rachael, at 5/14/2007 11:52 PM  

  • It's funny that someone would say "We Win"....I was just thinking the same thing.

    I know I'm not alone when I say I've heard some pretty amazing stories of God coming into and working in peoples lives (especially since getting connected with the Passion movement), but none has touched me like Ashley's....as I read it half of me was choking back tears and the other half wanted to dance. I still remember reading her letter when you first put it up here and remember being so excited for her, despite never having met her. Now she's at THE party of all parties and I know as we read this she's looking down saying "CAN'T WAIT for you guys to get here and see this!!!"

    Louie and crew, thank you so much for letting God use you, and speak through you. I know Ashley's is one of thousands of stories of lives changed through your work in Him. The ripples continue to echo across the planet! SHINE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/15/2007 11:22 AM  

  • We win sums it up completely. And while I know that doesn't help the hurt much...it's so true!

    I remember reading Ashley's story when I came back from Passion 07 and realizing that was the whole heart of the entire thing! This "thing" we should live and breath daily, so that other people can see the real deal. It is not enough for me to be frustrated with my peers for saying one thing and living another way. I can change myself to reflect Christ. Praise God that Christa got that. Because it took me seeing the ripples of Christa and Ashley to grasp that completely. I can remember reading that story a while back and coming to that truth. So when I opened this one, I was disbelieving!

    To Ashley's family--she impacted me. Somebody she never met. She reminded me how I should live my everyday life! I'm so glad she's home, but as I read this the tears flowed. Praise be to God who can open eyes to his GLORY before it's too late! I'm so happy that you were able to rejoice at her funeral and you can believe that I will not forget Ashley...nor the impact that she has had on the Passion community and myself! Praying for comfort and the assurance that this is not the end of her life!

    God wins...WE WIN!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/15/2007 2:54 PM  

  • =( don't know what to say ...(silent)

    By Blogger Richelle, at 5/16/2007 12:22 AM  

  • God's mercy has a funny way of coming around to us humans and when it does, it has the ability to floor us and leave us speechless in the process. Because that's what's happened to me this moment as I read this.

    Thanks for the post Louie, I needed to be reminded of my own mortality and at the same time, be reminded of the victory we all have in Christ.

    With prayers from Down Under for Ashley's family.

    Pax.

    By Anonymous Brandon, at 5/16/2007 10:27 PM  

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    By Blogger Leona, at 5/16/2007 10:36 PM  

  • Thank you for letting us know. My heart aches...Come and be the Merciful Tender and Great Physician that you are LORD.

    By Blogger Shelly, at 5/18/2007 6:56 PM  

  • Ashley,

    You were my best friend. you were my roommate. I know tht you are with our King, and I was lucky enough to be used by God for His Glory through you...but man I miss you so much. I would love to have one more smile and fudge round with you. But then we would have to run at least a mile...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/19/2007 1:41 AM  

  • I know I'm really late on commenting here, but I too was shocked by the news. So sad to have to say good-bye to Ashley this soon. It was so exciting what God was doing in her life. But it is a joy to know she is with Jesus now. Heaven seems to be the theme the Lord has going in my life right now. Amazing to think our lives extend beyond the reality we call now. Hard to see that sometimes, but truly we live for the purposes of another dimension. For various reasons, Heaven and eternity seem so incredibly near--which is both sobering and unspeakably freeing. And it magnifies the great salvation that Christ has given us. As Paul said, an "unspeakable gift"! :D

    My heart goes out to Ashley's family, those that knew her personally, and to Christa. I pray God continues to cover you with the comfort only He can give. Thank you for the blessing that you have been to all our lives, and thank you for sharing Ashley with us. We will never be the same. I look forward to meeting her in Heaven one of these days.

    Lord, that I might live such a full life...

    By Anonymous Kayleen, at 5/19/2007 5:03 AM  

  • wow , very touching .. God Bless ashleys family.. you never know if you will be the only Jesus people see.. and at that time Godsent a blessing in discise.. so our prayers, and thoughtsa ar with you now..-- thanks for sharing louie

    By Anonymous Todd, at 5/21/2007 11:27 AM  

  • Thanks so much everyone for your prayers. Ashley was my sister and yesterday was the first time I have read the blog or the facebook stuff. It has been one month since my sister died. Thanks so much for your prayers--Jacob

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2007 9:46 AM  

  • Ashley was my sister and a very good friend I loved her very much.

    You were always there

    Whenever I needed someone to talk to
    You were always there.
    My eyes filled with tears, my heart filled with pain, and
    You were always there.
    There was no time when I had doubt
    to come to you because
    You were always there.
    I could see in your eyes you wanted to help, and that you really cared.

    Whenever I was down and blue
    You were always there.
    No matter my problems, are what was wrong
    You were always there.
    Whenever I felt like nothing matters
    You were always there.

    Now your gone, and I don't know what to do
    I close my eyes and think of you, and how
    You were always there.
    It's hard to look at the pictures, and get memories of you
    Can you hear me now
    At night I pray, and I speak to you
    I guess you were right when you told me no matter how far you were
    You would always be there.
    I know one day I'll see you again, but till then I have to say goodbye

    Even though it hurts to hear your name, and speak of you
    One thing I will always say is
    You were always there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/29/2007 10:41 AM  

  • Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God, thank you for saving Ashley.

    Thank you for letting us share this life giving gospel with others.

    By Blogger Sacchiel, at 6/04/2007 1:19 PM  

  • When you read this on the last day of camp in Myrtle Beach I was really moved by it. God has many different things going on for us and hers was to become a christian and have a freak accident causing her to die. I thought that was reall odd though.

    Recently my mom had a freak accident and we were really wishing that God wasn't pulling her away from us. He knew that we still needed her to be with us a still raise us.

    I just wish Ashley was able to live longer as a christian that what sehe did. And her dad, WOW. That was amazing about what he said to you and about you. But he actually understood what was going on so that was pretty cool. God is definately INDESCRIBABLE!
    God Bless Ashley's family,
    Andi Jordan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/17/2007 1:32 AM  

  • Thanks Louie for sharing this girls story at Ichthus. It sure was an 'appropriate' festival message. You could sense the presence of God so deeply as you spoke to the broken hearted, the lonely... and to those of us who need a reality check.

    I love to watch what God is doing through you guys for the sake of his kingdom. Glory be to GOD!

    Blessings,

    Joy Argow

    By Blogger Joy, at 6/18/2007 1:01 PM  

  • Mr. Louie
    Thanks for sharing Ashley's story. We went to Student Life.."Here and Now" and heard you speak. We broke down crying when we heard her story. We are only 13 and it was so touching to us. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. We are praying for Ashley's family. We hope everything goes well with her dad, too. Thanks again. God Bless.
    Becky and Kara

    By Anonymous Becky and Kara, at 6/20/2007 11:36 PM  

  • Thank-you very much for sharing this.
    I am moved by all of this..
    I do not know you guys..But i do know that all of you will be blessed so much.
    Ashley seemed like she was a bright, sweet, caring young woman of God. And i knwo for a fact she must have been.
    My heart goest out to all of you guys. You are in my prayers. Never far from my thoughts.
    Lots of love and peace to you.
    God bless.

    By Anonymous K-N, at 6/28/2007 10:31 AM  

  • i listened to louie tell this story live at myrtle beach and it had a great impact on me. listening to how much god changed her life was a joy. to know what he can do and to see him work his power on her like that is simply amazing. when louie broke the bad news out, it hurt me in a wierd way. but now shes in a happier place, and it's cool to know that louie helped get her there.

    By Anonymous Brady, at 7/07/2007 7:37 PM  

  • I listened to Louie tell this story at Hillsong Church in Sydney. It really impacted me and cemented for me the call to rescue the lost. However, I am left with a really heavy heart. My sister's partner died in a car accident leaving her with two beautiful girls (now 3 and 5 years old). However, unlike Ashley, he was not a Christian.

    How do I explain to my two nieces when they look up at me with their big brown eyes that I worship a God who loves them and cares about them but that would allow their dad to spend eternity in Hell?

    Is it true that nothing I can do can change his eternity?

    How can I live a happy life in the knowledge that I may have failed him?

    By Blogger pippak, at 7/09/2007 7:11 AM  

  • I am sitting here in my office at 12am thinking about going home but will proably just take a nap at my desk again tonight and I decided to read this blog real quick again, it sill amazes me that people around the world care at all about the life and death of my beautiful daughter. I do not believe in your God but the fact that so many people have mentioned the fact that they are praying for me and Ashley's mom, brother and the rest of her family make me really respect your religon in a way that I never have before.

    Mike Akinns

    By Blogger mike akinns, at 7/20/2007 12:15 AM  

  • Tragically beautiful.
    Heatbreaking and Hopeful.
    ALL of you involved with Passion - Louie and the countless others behind the scences -
    You may never know what these words of HOPE do to all that read, that listen, that share of what we have learned from you
    God is using each one of you to keep the fire burning
    For we are a generation
    Desperate
    Thirsty
    So hungry to be filled and satisfied...
    Waiting
    And believing...
    Larissa

    By Blogger Larissa, at 7/20/2007 2:24 AM  

  • I just got back from big stuf in daytona beach and i just want to tell you that this story really touched me. It shows me how god can take this story and use it to reach and save hundreds of people just through this one persons life. You did a great job this week. thank you

    By Anonymous Cole, at 7/20/2007 10:10 PM  

  • I Googled something and about 6 clicks later, I am here.

    Very powerful testimony. I am a missionary in Guatemala and it's not my gift (yet) to share the gospel in a simplified way. I've been praying about it. Right now I can only share by example (living on faith etc) like Ashley's roommate. Maybe I could look into more of what you are all about (to help me).

    I pray for Ashley's family. She is missed on Earth for sure, but we know too there is a party in Heaven. My mother is Home now too, so I understand the earthly loss and understand the peace knowing she's Home.

    Bless you for what you're doing!

    Serving HIM with you,
    Jackie Davis
    www.SharingHisPlan.com
    Acts 20:24
    <><

    By Blogger Jackie, at 7/25/2007 2:18 AM  

  • Amazing story of courage and faith. Thanks for sharing it with us. I came to know of this blog thru daniele valadares. The testimonies here are simply out of this world! I cannot wait for the Holy Spirit to move the youths in Singapore thru the Passion conferences! To God be the Glory!

    By Blogger Wilson Tan, at 8/01/2007 2:09 PM  

  • Thank you for reminding us that we should always keep praying for our prodigal children. As a parent of a prodigal college student, I rejoice when I am reminded that God is always pursuing us and seeking to redeem His children.

    We serve and AMAZING God!

    By Blogger walkwithgod78, at 8/16/2007 11:09 PM  

  • Thank you for reminding us that we should always keep praying for our prodigal children. As a parent of a prodigal college student, I rejoice when I am reminded that God is always pursuing us and seeking to redeem His children.

    We serve an AMAZING God!

    By Blogger walkwithgod78, at 8/16/2007 11:10 PM  

  • Ash, girl, i just found this when I did a google search for you...man ashley was cool as hell. we partied a lot at UF, and Ash you looked fab, and I miss you and your crazy laugh more than anything. I think about you every single day. Graduation was not the same without you. Miss ya Babe..freaky friday friends forever..watch out!!! Your bro called and said he got into BC. I was glad to hear from him. He rocks

    Jess

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/19/2007 11:48 PM  

  • I was at Ichthus this summer when you where there and you read this email. I was almost in tears when you finished reading that email.

    By Anonymous Katrina, at 9/10/2007 11:30 AM  

  • Ash, wow girl Jess told me about this blog. Man UF sucks without you. It really does. We miss you so much, it is crazy. I am so glad you got it all together before you died. This God stuff was so real for you, I am glad you found it. Babe...ya are missed so much. Girl your funeral was crazy. Well I know you are not reading this but I had to comment as well

    Kelssie

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/20/2007 5:48 PM  

  • i just heard about this story via giglio's sermon online through buckhead church. powerful. hits close to home being a UF grad and having lived that "fun" life that ashley and her friends knew.

    mike and anna, and ashley's family - the body of Christ, our family on earth and from above mourn for your loss and pray for your healing. God bless.

    By Anonymous frank, at 9/25/2007 11:40 AM  

  • It is amazing how many live's Ashley's short walk with jesus has touched. Louie just came to Northpoint. I have sent his sermon to 2 people already and intend to send it to several more.

    He is "Mighty to Save".

    Liz

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/25/2007 9:30 PM  

  • Dear Louie,
    I am blessed by Ashley and her life, even though it was short it was glorifying to Jesus. Praise Him!
    In Christ
    Missy

    By Blogger Missy, at 9/30/2007 7:46 PM  

  • thanks for sharing this powerful story on k-love. 2/8/08

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/08/2008 11:35 AM  

  • On K-Love this morning you mentioned this story and it touched me so deeply. I decided to check it out further. Thank you for following the will of God!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/08/2008 4:31 PM  

  • What a beautiful story and reminder that God is in control of all things. Praise God that Ashley knew and loved the Lord. She is walking the streets of gold and although her family must miss her terribly the thought of being with her in eternity is the hope to get through each day. God bless the Passion ministry and Ashley's family.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/08/2008 5:33 PM  

  • Ashley's Story (Without Condition) I'm sitting here at my desk trying to work and yet my head is filled with thoughts about Ashley's story.

    It hit so close to home. I have encountered this time and time through the friends of my two teenage children,
    and have cried, yelled, and pleaded to God about humanity for causing our children to feel this way.
    Although I don't know for certain that it is humanity. If you really believe in God then you
    have to believe in Satan -- right?? Could this be his doing? I don't know the answer, and maybe, just maybe,
    it doesn't matter. What matters is that God wants his children back in his arms.

    HE gave me a calling.
    HE spoke to me through my fears and inadequacy and told me that "HE was going to (through me) bring the people
    considered the black sheep of society back to him." That "HE loved them and that it was time for them to know HIS love."
    How ironic that he intended to use a "newly reformed black sheep of society." I was terrified, and truth be told,
    am still terrified. I have to believe that as weak as I am, HE is not. HE told me that "it would sometimes seem a lonely road."
    Okay, as a reformed black sheep of society, and a person that has crazy and sometimes dark visions, I am used to that. No big deal.
    I could crawl up into his arms (like a small child) at night before I went to sleep and have HIM hold me.

    Then HE issued the next statement.
    "Through you I will speak to people high in your nation and they will listen but
    You will need to remember that when it seems that everyone has forsaken you I have not." I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
    Actually, I didn't want to believe what I was hearing. First of all, public speaking is definitely not my cup of tea. I have a
    serious phobia about it. Which is kind of funny if you know me, because I happen to be a warrior and have no problem expressing
    myself in a room full of highly educated people when we are all sitting around a table. I do it on a daily basis in my job.
    But get me up on a stage or in a large room where I have to stand and present my case, and I choke every time.

    Secondly,
    I wasn't so hot about my husband, children, and family (were they included in this statement?) forsaking me. Again, I have
    to believe that I need to follow and listen carefully to God because there is no possible way for me to win this battle without HIM,
    and that as inadequate and unimportant as I feel, HE has chosen me for a reason not known to me and HE is always victorious.

    So to relate this back to Ashley's story. A couple of months ago when I was backsliding in doubt and wondering if
    I would ever find support for this mission, God gave me a sign that I was not alone, and it came in the form of a song
    titled "Without Condition" written and performed by Ginny Owens. Thank you Ginny, your song has become my mantra
    and I would like to dedicate it to all the "Black Sheep" out in our world who need to know that
    despite what they may have been shown by society, God is waiting for them like a worried parent
    who wants nothing more than to hold and comfort their lost child.
    You are loved "Without Condition."

    Please feel free to visit me and share your thoughts at MYSPACE.com (http://www.myspace.com/linnis4)

    I will leave the light on...

    By Blogger Lynda, at 2/08/2008 7:53 PM  

  • To those of you who just heard about Ashley or have been following her since Jan 07 thanks so much for your continued love and support.

    Anna "Ashley's Mom"

    By Anonymous Anna, at 2/09/2008 8:46 PM  

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    By Blogger QUAD, at 2/11/2008 9:36 AM  

  • Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! God.

    By Blogger QUAD, at 2/11/2008 9:40 AM  

  • Altho I just moved to Hawaii and have had my share of problems like health,finance,car and depression....I could not stop crying when I read Ashley's story it put everything in prespective...To Anna with a Short Life that is truely Lived bring joy to God and all of us that Worship Him...God has a Larger Plan this story will convert million as this will be Ashley's Legacy and work for God that is accomplished in such a short time.......God Bless Cirsten

    By Anonymous cirsten, at 2/11/2008 11:39 AM  

  • It is imposssible for me to hold my tears ,Thank you so much Anna for allowing us to witness once more what a loving powerfull God we serve,Your story has deeply touch me,and please know how much We all will pray for you,as I leave your site...I will pray for my own kids some more.God bless you!!!
    ~Nanda

    By Anonymous nanda, at 2/11/2008 1:09 PM  

  • It is imposssible for me to hold my tears ,Thank you so much Anna for allowing us to witness once more what a loving powerfull God we serve,Your story has deeply touch me,and please know how much We all will pray for you,as I leave your site...I will pray for my own kids some more.God bless you!!!
    ~Nanda

    By Anonymous nanda, at 2/11/2008 1:10 PM  

  • Thank You Anna & all for the hope that my 21 year old is in God's hands and she could come back to Christ in the nick of time. I believe He will bring her out of the sin she fell back into and re-devote her life to Him.
    I am so deeply saddened by your loose of Ashley as I can't even begin to imagine the pain. Thank You Jesus for your never ending Mercy!
    Ann

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/11/2008 4:42 PM  

  • Amazing how our Lord knows everything that is going to happen and how He orchestrated these events. May His name be praised!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/12/2008 3:34 AM  

  • Its amazing how Jesus works!!!! God amazes me each and every day!!!!!

    By Anonymous Ashley, at 2/12/2008 9:42 AM  

  • God is so great and mysterious in His ways. Why He chooses to do things the way He does is beyond our comprehension, but God certainly used Ashley in such a remarkable way. I can't imagine how many new young (and not so young)people will stop putting off making a decision for Christ after reading Ashley's story. As I rejoice for Ashley, I pray for you, Ann, and your family as I cannot imagine how painful things continue to be without the joy of your daughter. May God continue to comfort you and allow you to rejoice in how God used Ashley in such a miraculous way.
    Prayfully yours,
    Kathy

    By Anonymous Kathy, at 2/12/2008 12:46 PM  

  • After hearing Louie on KLOVE last week and hearing the story of Ashley, I cannot help but cry. God is so merciful. THAT is indescribable. I pray that God will continue to move among ALL of the college campuses to save all those that have not yet seen what Ashley has found. Thank God for Louie, Christa, the Passion Team and the prayers of Ashley's parents. I thank God for Louie as well, as he has helped many of us to see God's amazing grace.
    God Bless ,
    Julie

    By Anonymous jb, at 2/12/2008 3:51 PM  

  • WOW, God does amazing things.
    wow it's so sad but so happy at the same time.
    wow.

    By Blogger sam, at 2/12/2008 10:47 PM  

  • Dearest Anna and family,
    While I don't know what it is to lose a child to death, I have experienced loosing 2 husbands they last was on May 23, 2007 to a motorcycle accident. I tell you this because he spent many years on the wrong side of the tracks but the last 5 yrs was giving back to teenagers and community by becomeing a pastor and counselor to the lost.

    This was not written in my book nor yours I am sure but what I can now understand is why it was written in God's book.

    I can see the harvest coming from these to losses. We lost 2 but God is winning so many more people back to his kingdom than ever before this incident.

    The ministry God inspired for my husband to start has been blessed more than 10 times fold in the last 8 months. The same for all those who read Ashley's story and are brought back to their Daddy in heaven. Sometimes we have to loose something so others can win something....Their Life.

    I also have a daughter named Ashley who for many years has been so Angry with God. She is 20 and is now realizing that God loves her for who she is even if she has done things she is not proud of in here life.

    Because I can see all the awesome things that have come from these 2 tragic deaths I can begin healing. I pray for your family as well that you can see the bigger plan GOD had and the harvest that he is reaping from a little mustard seed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/13/2008 12:16 PM  

  • I was just getting up in the morning like everyday. I have four kids so mornings are difficult. I was putting on k-love through the web and noticed something that said read Ashley's story. Wow was all I could say. Tears were running down my face by the end. Thank You Lord for your message to live each day like there is no tomorrow. Thank You for giving us a forever place with you. I want to thank you all for posting this message. It brings not only hope to the unsaved but to the saved that sometimes forget how blessed we are to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord I pray for everyone who knew Ashley personally that you be there Comfort. Thank you Lord that your word is so piercing through every wall we put up. Thank You for loving us and never leaving us.Glory to God.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/14/2008 7:59 AM  

  • Like the last comment, I logged into KLOVE on the web this morning (something I haven't done yet) and saw the link to Louie Giglio, so I figured I'd check it out (one of the Pastors at New Horizon Church in Durham, NC spoke of him one time). Boy I didn't expect to read what I read. I read Ashley's email and was like Yes!! God has rescued another soul. Then I read her mom's....a huge wave of sorrow overcame me. I can't ever imagine that happening to one of my daughters. But then God reached into me and said everything was okay, Ashley was with Him. It's these encouraging words from Him that get us all through tough times. This life will be difficult without Ashley, but rest your soul that you will get to live forever with her in Heaven.
    David

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/14/2008 8:41 AM  

  • Thank you Jesus....her chains are gone and she's been set free. Imagine the joy in her heart to be looking upon the face of our Savior.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/14/2008 10:01 AM  

  • In todays world its a wonder to me that any young person can find God. It is so hard for them. Many of them get into worshipping other Gods since they have no background in Christ. I was the same as Ashley, thinking that God was for " good people". How wrong I was. We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. I remember the day that I got it. God died for me, not people, not good people, not saints, for me personally. It doesn't matter who else does or doesn't forgive me, God is all that matters and he has already died for my forgiveness. I am already saved. If I listen to what Satan beats into my head he can make me believe that I'm too bad to be forgiven. Then I will not receive the wonderful life God is waiting for me to claim. As a man thinketh. Whatever Satan can make you believe becomes your reality. Remember children, God is the creative force, Satan the destructive, he is decay. Decay is death. If decay gets a foothold, it can get a strangle hold, then you are on your way down! The Lord said< " I put before you life and death....Chose Life.

    By Anonymous Angels of Olde, at 2/14/2008 7:13 PM  

  • I couldn't help but reply after reading all the stories and blogs afterwards.

    Family, friends, and loved ones of Ashley:

    My heart says "ouch"

    I pray for God to bring people into your lves that help you grieve the loss of the beautiful life Ashley shared.

    I've been in denial myself about grieving the loss of a loved one; so I thank you for being real, vulnerable, and sensitive with the readers.

    May you be comforted this Valentine's Day,
    Rebekah <><

    By Blogger Rebekah, at 2/14/2008 11:52 PM  

  • I just came upon Ashley's story this morning, and I can only say that it was God's hand that made me click on the link on Air One this morning, because I have not even been on the Air One site in months. I needed to see and read this about Ashley, because again God showed me that what I do for him every day is worth it, if only one more will come to Him. I can not imagine losing a child, but I do know that my sons are saved by the blood of Christ, and that I will see them again. While I can not imagine Ashley's family's grief, I do believe I can imagine their joy in knowing that she is with Christ, and there is the opportunity to see her again.

    Louie, thank you good and faithful servant of God for all that you do. Keep doing what you do for Him.

    Guy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/27/2008 11:30 AM  

  • Ashley's story is still impacting the lives of thousands of people around the world. Thousands of university students just heard her story told by Louie last Saturday on Passion Sao Paulo (Brazil). We were deeply moved and amazed by God's grace. It's really sad - when I heard the part of her story about the car accident I thought "it can't be... no way..." - but then, that was it.

    I pray the Lord may continue to comfort Ashley's family and all of those who knew and loved her.

    There is joy, however, in knowing that one day we'll all meet in heaven and Ashley will get to know the tremendous way God used her story across the globe.

    God bless you all

    By Blogger Rodrigo, at 5/26/2008 3:35 PM  

  • Louie told us about Ashley at Passion São Paulo - Brasil! It´s a great blessing to know that God is bigger than our sorrows... He knows everithing and after this testimony we could understand better how real is the message of Christ to the world. How God can save girls like Ashley to live his freedom and his love. And how he can do that: HE USE US.

    Thank u, Lord, we just can love u more. And more. May God bless Ashley´s family. Dad, ur dougther still special to million of people around the world. She is not here anymore but she´s eternal at Jesus side on Heaven and u can be there with her too.

    We are praying for Kampala, huh Louie!

    God bless.

    By Blogger Juliana, at 5/28/2008 8:56 PM  

  • May we give glory to the Lord, for the love He has given, us and the grace he has given-- to Ashley and all others.
    God Bless,
    Patty

    By Blogger Patricia Michelle, at 6/25/2008 10:00 PM  

  • i just heard ashleys story from louie at student life at the beach 2008 in daytona it was an amazing story when i heard the first part of it i couldnt wait to hear it the next night but i wasnt expecting to hear what i heard after he read to us she was going out with a friend for sushi he said and you can notice that theres no entry for the next day or th day after or after that i after he said this the first time i looked over at my friend with tears in my eyes and said "she died" as he finally said the words i started balling thinking it was so sad that she died but then louie remined me that it wasnt to sad because we would all see her again and she let jesus's light shine through her. the last night of camp when we all finished hearing the story so many people got saved.i love ashlesy story she truley made a significant change in her life and in other peoples lives god bless you ashley and your family i'll pray for them.

    ashleys favorite song:'mighty to save' by: hillsong united.
    When everyone needs compassion,
    And love that never fails,
    Let mercy fall on me

    When everyone needs forgiveness,
    Kindness of the Saviour
    The Hope of the nation

    (Chorus:)
    Saviour, He can move the mountains,
    My god is mighty to save,
    He is mighty to save
    Forever author of salvation,
    He rose and conquered the grave
    Jesus conquered the grave

    So take me as you find me
    All my fears and failures
    Fill my life again

    I give my life to follow
    Everything that i believe in
    Now i surrender (and i surrender)

    (Chorusx2)

    (Bridge:)
    Shine a light in and let the whole world see
    Singing, for the glory of the risen king
    Jesus, Shine a light and let the whole world see
    Singing for the glory of the risen king

    (Chorus)

    (Bridge:)
    (chorus)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/11/2008 8:11 PM  

  • I just returned home from Student Life at the Beach(Daytona!) I was priveledged(spelled that wring) of hearing every page of ashleys journal. While Louie read it, I had tears of joy streaming down my face. Wow! What a God of Grace!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/14/2008 5:49 PM  

  • I Just recently heard her story at Forward last week and It was life changing I wanted to say thanks for sharing this.
    God Bless,
    Kelly

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/14/2008 7:50 PM  

  • I attend North Point Community Church, and I heard Louie G.'s sermon today (July 27, 2008). What a powerful message! I cried!!!! Ashley has such a wonderful testimony, and it is great that you are able to share it with so many people. I can only imagine how thankful her family must be that Ashley is in Heaven! God is so good! Thank you Louie for an awesome sermon! You touched so many hearts at Northpoint! I'm not sure there was a dry eye at the 12:45 service. Ashley's favorite song is also one of my favorite songs...My God is MIGHTY TO SAVE! He is mighty to save. Forever, author of salvation! I will pray for you and your ministry. Thank you again! Melanie Searles

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