“Ben, I have a prophetic word for you. You’ll probably want to sit down.” Those were the words of Sonny, one of the other leaders in CT, last August as we prepared to come to Asia. I nervously took my seat. “The Lord wants to say to you that you think you know what you’re good at doing, but you don’t really know. This year will open your eyes to what you’re truly gifted for, so be alert to what He will be teaching you.”
I started the year with those words, and as my time in Asia is coming to a close, I realize how true they are. A year ago, I thought I was an office worker: a planner and make-stuff-happen guy. But was I cut out for life and work in Asia? I didn’t think so.
I know now that I am made for life here. I love it. The people, the culture, the food, the work we do – all of it is for me. I signed up to spend a year here, but I feel like I might end up spending a lifetime. Of course I don’t know what the future will look like, and my role in CT makes me evaluate where I’ll be used best every year, but for the foreseeable future I hope to live in Asia.
In August, just three short months away, I am planning to return with a small team of people to my city, K-town, to reach one of the new campuses here. It’s a top-100 caliber university (think Harvard, Yale, etc.), a place where we will be reaching the future influencers and leaders of this country. I’m really excited to be returning here to lead the team and train them how to reach the students. I’ll also meet with friends and study the language to further my own work here.
All of this is setting me up for a whirlwind summer after I get back later this month, and I’m excited to get started! I’ll be speaking a few places, catching up with friends and family, and perhaps most exciting, seeing my sister get married! She’s so grown up… 🙂 In the meantime, please drop me a line, and let me know how you’re doing. And please lift us up as we’re in the home stretch! We’ll be back in two weeks!