Wordsmith for Jesus.
That’s how I would describe Hosanna Wong.
I met her over dinner with mutual friends several years ago and was immediately endeared to her. Her passion for Jesus, heart for her husband, intentionality in ministry, and desire to be a bridge between cultures and generation gripped me. Also, her fashion sense is right up my alley. 🙂
She’s an immensely talented wordsmith as an author, Bible Teacher and Spoken Word Artist.
Under the name Hosanna Poetry, she has released two spoken word albums Maps, Boots, & Other Ways We Get There and Figless, and authored 2 books, I Have a New Name, and Superadded. She is an unapologetic Jesus girl.
Follow her on Instagram @hosanna.wong and find out more about her on her website! And, before you go, please leave her a word of encouragement below!
- If you could describe this season of your life in one word, what word would it be? Why?
Listening. Whatever God wants to say, I want to hear it. Whatever He wants to do, I don’t want to miss it. I hope me, my friends, everyone I know, and everyone alive gets to be a part of it. I’m actively listening. I’m spending more intentional time with Jesus. I’m reading more. I’m surrendering more. I’m quiet . . . more. Not all the time. 🙂 But more.
- In terms of your career, before you knew you would be _______________, you almost . . .
The only job I’ve ever had besides a preacher or poet is working at a Party City in my old hood in San Francisco. So . . . I’m going to say I was almost the Chief Director of Fun and Helium Balloons for All.
- In what ways do you ensure that your career path serves the purposes of God and encourages His people?
I keep getting closer to the heart of Jesus, and I keep being honest with those that I trust. The more you spend time with and fall in love with the person of Jesus, the more you begin to love what He loves and hate what He hates, no matter what type of workplace you find yourself in. I also have friends (that are also in love with Jesus) that love me too much to lie to me if they see me living outside of what God’s called me to. We need friends that want us to live out God’s purposes, not our own. Find them. Keep them close. Keep being honest. Even if it’s hard.
- Name your biggest strength and your biggest weakness? How has each served you as you’ve fulfilled your purpose?
My biggest strength and biggest weakness is my work ethic. I just asked my husband if that’s true about me and without a beat he exclaimed “YES,” haha! I have big goals, I don’t approach projects half-heartedly, and I fully believe that excellence worships God. In the early mornings, late hours, and moments no one else sees, I want to give God my best. If I’m not careful, I can neglect rest, and instead of worshipping God with my work, I can start to make work what I worship. I’ve learned to be more aware of that, and honest with my husband, friends, and mentors, and they constantly keep me accountable in the rhythms of rest and Sabbath that God Himself modeled. I fulfill my purpose best when I enjoy God and His people . . . not just work for God and His people. And though He loves when I worship Him with my best, He also wants me to depend on Him and His strength, not my own works and my own strength. I’m still learning this. God has a lot of grace for me, and so do my friends . . . and definitely my husband.
- Fill in the blank. I am not a very _____________ person.
I’m not a very tall person.
Although I did play basketball from 3rd grade to 11th grade! Ain’t nothin’ getting in this little Chinese girl’s way! Look at Christ. Won’t He do it.
- When is the last time you laughed so hard that it hurt?
There’s this one bird that keeps making our skylight in our dining room . . . it’s bathroom (we don’t eat there anymore) . . . and every other day either I’m laughing so hard I’m crying or I’m screaming at that horrible creature. One or the other. Both hurt.
- What has been the most difficult season in your life? How did you get through it?
My dad passed away when I was 18 years old. That was heartbreaking. We were really close. He was a recovered addict who gave his life to Jesus and turned his whole life around, and so much of my identity was found in being his little girl. After losing him, I learned I didn’t have to pretend that everything was okay, but that Jesus came to be with me – in the hurt, in the loss, and to comfort me right where I was. He didn’t want a fake version of me, He wanted the actual me. As I let down my walls, Jesus became more real to me than He had ever been. I learned to depend on Him for my identity, safety, and strength. I learned how faithful God really is. Whenever I go through difficult seasons now, I remember to come to Jesus honestly as I really am, and He meets me there. He’s with me through the realness of life. In those moments, He’s somehow more real. I don’t fully know how. But I know I’m not alone.
- If you could make three wishes and there were no limitations on what you could request, what would you wish for?
1. Free extra guac for life.
2. Endless championships for the Golden State Warriors.
3. Limitless shopping spree with Priscilla at all of our favorite female-owned brands (with our extra guac).
- If this were your last year on earth, what would you want to spend your time doing?
Definitely not exercising. Maybe lounging on couches or sitting around campfires, eating lots of carbs and sharing stories with my friends and family.
- If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Break up with him!
(Just kidding. Sorta.)
I’d say: Nobody else knows what they’re doing either, just keep following Jesus.
*These blog interviews are designed only to be fun, informative and introductory. GB Ministries has varying levels of familiarity with each participant so their presence here does not equal our endorsement of or full alignment with theological doctrine or political perspective.