Hi! My name is Ali Papa (@iamalipapa) and I serve as the author, board chair, and founder of Vistas of Hope.
I am a devout christian (previously a Muslim), husband, father, software developer, blogger, business owner and currently writing my first two books, Vistas of Hope (a collection of poems, text messages and letters filled with hope, faith, love and living words) and Letters To My Pastor (a memoir about my early days in Church as a Christian). If you’re a publishing rep or editor interested in these titles, contact me. I am also a soldier of Jesus in the army of God (Ephesians 6:12-13), compelled to preach the gospel because of His fullness and His completeness.
I am a lover of words and His Word, and like Paul, who wrote Philippians from prison to encourage those who were out of prison, I am not here to dress up the gospel neither am I coming to you “with excellency of speech or of “enticing words of man’s” wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1,2). I only write inspirational words of faith, hope and love from the perspective of a man with extreme life experience but saved by Grace.
In my life, I’ve lived, I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve missed, I’ve hurt, I’ve trusted, I’ve made mistakes. But most of all, I’ve learned and I’m in love with who I’m becoming. I know what it is like to be beaten down emotionally, mentally and even, spiritually. I know what it is like to be in silent hell for seven years. I know what it is like to be in a “blessed mess”. I know what it feels like to experience such weariness and defeat by the issues of “life” that any thought of getting back up seems impossible. I know what it is like making bad mistakes and walking out of the ashes in hopes of a new beginning. I also know what it’s like to experience the LOVE of God in such a dynamic way because in the midst of all of my most challenging circumstances, the Lord was there with me and He has taught me how to have joy and see Vistas of Hope in the midst of it all.
I don’t know your story, your journey and the street of life you are in but our faith in God is what opens new Vistas of Hope and doors for Him to move and set the blessings in motion. And that’s my desire for you! When doubts filled my mind, it was His comfort that gave me renewed hope and cheer (Psalms 94:19). This comfort that only Him can give is what I want you to experience too from the Word of God! My hope is that God will use what He’s taught me to encourage you, to bless you and to lead you into an even greater relationship with Him! He has called, anointed, and appointed us for such a time as this. So, let’s rise up in faith and fellowship together.
Thank you for visiting Vistas of Hope. I am happy to have you here and I hope that Jesus is meeting you exactly where you are. It’s my deepest prayer for every visitor to this blog. If social media is more your speed, you can connect with me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for curated daily inspirational words of faith, hope and love. You can also subscribe to my daily vistas of hope text messages for FREE here.
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