Blind Teenager Shows What it Means to Live by Faith

Films / USA

About The Film

We were introduced to Alyssa through friends at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA. We spent several days with Alyssa and initially went with one question: “what can we learn about faith from someone who is blind?” How she lives her life inspired all the crew. We were also impacted by how much her mother gives, every day, to help Alyssa grow and find her own path.


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[location: USA, length: 4:37]

A blind teenager shows us what it means to live by faith.  [location: USA, length: 4:37]

We were introduced to Alyssa through friends at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA. We spent several days with Alyssa and initially went with one question: “what can we learn about faith from someone who is blind?” How she lives her life inspired all the crew. We were also impacted by how much her mother gives, every day, to help Alyssa grow and find her own path.


We’re working to serve ministry leaders & pastors. Click to learn more.


Alyssa:
Grass is soft like the angel hair pasta. Grass kind of resembles that. I guess, I don't know. (laughs) I've been blind since birth. I have a disease called Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. People often ask me, is it hard being blind? Is it scary? It's not. It's just a normal way of life for me. There was a time in my life when I was angry about being blind. I was very into makeup and trying to look my best. I really wanted to look in the mirror and see what I look like, but I couldn't. The Lord spoke to me and he told me that I am beautiful on the inside. That I don't have to worry about what I look like on the outside. That he is the only one who can tell me what I look like. The mirror can't. Sometimes I feel like I'm a little bit of a burden to people.

Grandfather:
Tea’s right in front of you girl.

Alyssa:
Sometimes I wish I really didn't need that much help. I wish that I didn't have to rely on them.

Mom:
Ok, you got everything Alys?

Alyssa:
Yep.

Mom:
All right. We're out front

Grandfather:
Alright. Break a leg.

Alyssa:
I'll break two. If I could see, I don't think my faith would be as strong. Because for a blind person, you have to rely on the Lord. It's like your faith becomes more real because you're used to not seeing things. You're used to believing in someone you can't see. For example, my mom, I can't see her. I may be able to hear her, but even if I couldn't, I can't see her, but I know she's there. For me, it's easier to know and to understand that, though I can't see God, he's really there. I think it has a lot to do with walking by faith and not by sight. I have this desire to help people, but I feel like being blind sort of limits me as to what I can do. But the reality is, God has given me a gift of singing for him and leading worship. I feel like that's my way of helping people. I'm grateful for that.

(singing):
Can you tell me if I’m beautiful. I can not see myself. God made me but I still wonder why I can not understand. So tell me if I’m beautiful.

Alyssa:
Though I have so much joy and so much anticipation because I know the first face I'm ever going to see is Jesus. That means the world to me.

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