Natalie was born in San Mateo, California as the second daughter of Carolyn and Gary Poon. From a young age, it was very apparent that she was a daddy's girl. She still fondly recalls the childhood memories she shared with her father, like when he would pick her up early from school to dine on some crunchy tacos from Taco Bell, tell fart jokes at the dinner table, or when they would ride their bikes together around the Foster City lagoon. Her father was not a religious man, but he was a good man who worked hard and loved spending time with his family.
During freshman year of high school, her family was confronted with devastating news. Natalie's father was diagnosed with stage three pancreatic cancer and was given six months to live. During this time, he began spending time together with a local pastor who golfed with him, ate with him, and eventually shared the Gospel with him. He later received Christ as his personal Savior. After he became a Christian, Natalie noticed that, despite his circumstances, he had a newfound sense of peace and joy that seemed inexplicable to her. Seeing the transformation that he underwent in the final months of his life made Natalie want to follow in his footsteps and follow Jesus as well.
The years after his death were not easy for Natalie or her family. She tried to remain strong for her mother, who was now charged with raising two teenage daughters on her own. Therefore, she tried to carry on with life as usual and not think too much about her father's death. It wasn't until college, when she joined a campus ministry called Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF), that she began processing what had happened. During those years, she began discovering that, even though she lost her biological father, she had a perfect heavenly Father who would be with her always.
She grew tremendously in her faith during her time at Cal State Long Beach and experienced a profound sense of healing. She felt a strong desire to share with others about what she was experiencing in her relationship with God but didn't seem to know how. At that time, a personal friend who was on staff with Epic Movement, approached her and invited her to start an Epic Movement on her campus to reach other students for Christ. She didn't know what to expect or how she could accomplish such a task, but she felt God calling her so she took a leap of faith. That year, she learned how to share her faith with others and co-led the first Epic Movement on her campus.
Upon graduation, she decided to intern with Epic and became an intern missionary for two years in Hawaii at UH Manoa. As a shy Asian American woman, she often struggled to see herself as someone who could lead others. However, with the support of her team and opportunities to exercise the voice that God has given her, she grew in her confidence that God could indeed use her to lead His people. She wanted to continue discovering the unique strengths that God had given her so she decided to join staff and worked in the administrative department in Epic's regional office, where she exercised her ability to organize and delegate in order to lead Epic's West Coast Conferences.
Now Natalie is taking what she has learned, about God as well as who He has created her to be, and is joining Aaron to share the love of God with college students in Portland. She hopes that God will use her story, her struggles, and her strengths to bring glory to Himself and transform others.