Jihya Harris
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Jihya Harris writes to share her testimony and help lost women discover the love of Jesus. She lives in Oregon with her beloved husband and boys. When she’s not working as a nurse, you can find her exploring the mountains or coast, hosting gatherings, or resting in cozy spaces.

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  1. Jihya,
    I applaud your courage in sharing your story and in doing so, giving others the encouragement to share theirs. Most of us have our own moments in our lives we needed to move forward from in order to become the beautiful person God intended. As I read your testimony, I was cheering you on at each step, hoping you would grab hold of God’s divine hand present in your life…and you did!

    • Kathleen,

      I accidentally replied to you in the wrong place. Whoops. Anyways, I am so touched that you read my story and cheered for me while reading my story. Also, thank you for leaving a comment. The comments make me feel seen and are validating!
      Thank you immensely!!!!



  2. Jihya, thank you for sharing this. I am also a former worker in the adult entertainment industry and to read stories like yours is to know that we are loved by God and no matter what we do, there is nothing that can change this. We are never alone. He will always find us and even send people to seek us out. And I’m also a nurse so your story resonated with me in so many ways. Thank you a million times again for sharing your story.

    • Hi Cate!! YES!! Amen!!!! Thank you for your kind response. I love how you wrote He will always find us and even send people to seek us out. How amazing is that and such a good reminder that God is in control. I’d love to hear your story if you feel lead. Please feel free to email me. I’m always open to having heartfelt conversations. That’s so cool that you’re always a nurse! What specialty??Cate, you are loved, and may Jesus bless you for being kind and encouraging to others.



  3. Jesus, the pursuer of our souls! Thank you for sharing your story. So encouraging! To God be the glory! Blessings! (((0)))

  4. Jihya – this is beautiful! thank you for sharing your story. I pray that God will continue for you to share your story and reach all of us broken children of God. He loves and wants us to come to Him and love Him as He loves us… no matter what our story is… He loves us Oh how He loves us!! thank you – and thank you for listening to that nudge to take the ‘gift bag’ and to the ladies who continued to/continue to reach out to you and all who NEED to hear (all of us) the love of Jesus. May we all learn to share, show and love others as Jesus does.

    • Tamara,

      Thank you so much for reading my story and leaving such an encouraging comment! I also pray that He may use this story to reach others who are broken and lost, especially women. As a mom to two little boys, I think about the dancers who have children. I didn’t have kids back then, but I remember working alongside so many mothers. Their strength was admirable! It breaks my heart. I pray and hope they, including their families, will be ministered and cared for with truth and tender love.

      Hope you’re having a wonderful evening. Thank you again!!



  5. Jihya, thank you for your bravery, generosity and hospitality in sharing your story. I know this offering of your words and heart will welcome and provide for many others. You are loved and beautiful, and you always have been – in every moment of your past, today, and all the moments to come.

  6. I love Jihya’s testimony! I love how the ladies went to the club (sacrificially) to show her His unconditional love. How great is His love for us!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  7. Thank you for your brave story, Jihya! And thank God for the brave women who met you where you were! You are a priceless treasure.

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. There are groups of women in our area who go into strip clubs and do exactly what the woman did when she handed you a gift bag with a Bible in it. That is the best way to reach people-by showing love and not condemnation.

    • Paula, thank you!!!! I’d love to hear more about them. Please feel welcome to reach out to me directly. I have been wanting and praying to start a ministry to serve and care for industry workers in my city. Love, Jihya

  9. We’re so honored to share your story today at (in). We hope you know you’re a part of the family — may God continue to use you in beautiful, special ways. Much love, sister!

    • Rachel, thank you!!!! I feel so loved, welcomed, and embraced by this community. Also, I cannot wait to get my hands on your book!! Love, Jihya

    • Jina, sis thank you for reading my story. I know it wasn’t easy. Thank you for being there for me in hard times and carrying the burden for our family. You are seen. You are loved and I continue to pray that we both grow closer to Christ. Thinking of you! Love, Jihya

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your story! Though it’s nowhere near what you’ve experienced, I too have a story that I’ve wondered about sharing. As I read your story, I FELT the shame you spoke of as you sat in that women’s event, the feelings that you didn’t belong there. I had them too! Thank you for your heart and the bravery it took to share this. God bless you!

    • Vonda, thank you!!!! Thank you for relating to my story and feeling that shame. Shame is real and the enemy used it then and throughout my years growing in my faith as a new believer. I’m so glad God can use it now and bless others. May you have a blessed week!! Love, Jihya

  11. jihya!! the title of the post grabbed my attention. your transparency, honesty, and openness are in inspiring. thank you for sharing your story!

    • Karyn, thank you!!!! I’m so happy it was inspiring for you and hope it blesses you!! Love, Jihya

  12. Oh this beautiful testimony to the undeniable love of God brought tears to my eyes.
    I gave my life to him at the age of 12. Due to a teenager’s lack of maturity and circumstances beyond my control I walked away from him thinking that he didn’t really care about me. Some 13 years later and many bad choices I encountered him in a way that was undeniably only meant for me.
    I am now 78 and I can honestly say I have never regretted turning back to His loving arms. He never promised us a life of luxury in fact he earned us that our lives would be full of difficulty but he did promise to never leave us or forsake us. In looking back I discovered that even in my darkest times and deepest rebellion, He was always there protecting me.

    • Loretta, that is soooo beautiful!!!! I’d love to hear more of your story and God’s undeniable love for you! Thank you so much for reading my testimony!! Love, Jihya

  13. Jihya,

    Thank you for this beautiful testimony, He rescued, remade, and restored us, thanks for sharing.

    • Dale, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my testimony!! Take care, Jihya

  14. Thank you dear sister. Yes, our Jesus knows exactly what we need and right now your testimony has given me hope that my daughter who has an addiction to bad men will find her way to Christ. Today is her 21st birthday and my heart was breaking as she left to go “out with friends” who only hurt her emotionally and physically. She carries deep scars of abuse from her biological family, hence turns to negative affection.
    May God bless you and your family.

    • Maggie, I thought of you and your daughter today. I have been praying for her and you as well! I can relate so much with your daughter. God knows where she is in her journey and will reach her far and wide. There is not a place that He won’t go to pursue her. She is His! He will never ever give up on your baby girl! Please wish her a Happy Birthday for me. Sending you, your daughter, your family, and her current circle of friends prayers and love!! Love, Jihya

  15. Hi Kathleen,

    I am so touched that you were cheering me on while reading my testimony!!
    Thank you for taking time out of your busy time to read my story. May you be blessed!



  16. Hi Kathleen,

    I am so touched that you were cheering me on while reading my testimony!!
    Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my story. May you be blessed!



    • Michelle, thank you for sharing with others!!!! Such a blessing. I feel encouraged. Love, Jihya

  17. Loved reading this redemption story and how God pursues the once lost (including me). Would love to read more devotionals like this as it’s so relatable to real life struggles.

    • Melanie, thank you for reading my testimony and I’m praising God for making it relatable for others. Love, Jihya

  18. Jihya, I am so thankful you leaned into God’s nudging and followed your heart. Continue to follow your heart as it is so full of Jesus from what I can see from knowing you personally. From the moment I met you, I can sense genuineness about you and it didn’t matter to me what your past was. We all do things to survive with the tools given. I’m so glad you get to have different tools now to remake your life that reflects more of who you truly are, not just what to do to survive. You are full of the goodness of God and I hope everyone who read your testimony will be blessed to know that change is possible if we choose to lean into Jesus in moments of fear and hopelessness. Thank you for sharing your story…

    • Sunha, I am so grateful for you!! You are truly a gift and light to me and many others. In the short time that I’ve known you, you have always provided warmth, wisdom, and truth in our group discussions. I admire and appreciate how you offer your gifts with such grace, gentleness, and sweet presence. I am always reminded to look to God whenever I am with you. That is a blessing. THANK YOU!!!! Love, Jihya

  19. Such an amazing story! Thank you for sharing this! I had tears. God will always leave the 99 to go find the one lost sheep!

  20. Beautiful the way God loves us more than we could ever comprehend that when we stray away he comes after us. His children whom he has called, He will never leave us nor forsake us! Amen

    • Ada, AMEN!!!! Thank you so much for reading my testimony and giving me encouraging words. I am beyond touched. Love, Jihya

  21. Dearest Jihya, thank you so much for sharing your story. You are strong and courageous and God is using you and your story to bring healing to many. My story is too long to go into here. However, I am so very grateful to God for never leaving me or forsaking me. I knew Jesus as a young child and due to the death of my father when I was 8 and then my stepfather died when I was 11, I struggled with rejection and insecurity for a very long time. But God….. after a very long time God revealed His love to me at a women’s retreat in 1986. My life was completely changed! Thank You Jesus!
    Again thank you for sharing this with us. God bless you and your family.

    • Claudia, thank you so much for reading my testimony!! Writing it was a good reminder that God never forsakes us. Never.
      Your story sounds amazing! I’m so inspired. I’m so glad He found you!! Love, Jihya

  22. Thank you for sharing your story, what an amazing testimony! I’m so glad you listened to that little voice and what great lengths will God go to reach his lost sheep. God is so good! Praying this will encourage others

    • Julie, thank you very much for reading my testimony!! Praise God!! I’m so thankful that it was encouraging for you. Love, Jihya

  23. Jihya,

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony here. Years ago I was involved with the Emmaus community. We would go to a state prison for men that included solitary confinement. Everyone in community would make 1 dozen cookies so that each && every inmate could get 1 dozen. Only the men in the group would go into the prison & give talks to the inmates allowed on the walk. Each participant (prisoner) would get a personalized birthday cake made just for them. It made such an impact on their lives. One inmate told us in closing ceremony that he never got a birthday cake before in his life. That’s proof that God will go anywhere to pursue you! He rescued, remade, and restored me — and I know He can remake you, too. Yes & amen!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, this brought me to tears!!!! Wow, God is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing and also for reading my testimony. May you have a blessed week. Love, Jihya

    • Debbie, thank you for reading it!!! It’s such a blessing to see that it’s encouraging for others. Love, Jihya

  24. I have tears running down my cheek. I am so glad you reached out to him and he found you. Thank you so much for sharing your story and that of those women who obeyed God and were his hands and voice in freeing you.

  25. Anna, thank you so much for reading my story. I’m so touched that it moved you!! Love, Jihya