As I sit at 37,000 feet over the Pacific, I am getting a good chance to focus on what I want to see happen over the next 21 days. So as you pray for me and how this trip will impact BT, please keep these things in mind.
1. I want to learn what it means to love our Father. I learned this about myself a few years back, and I will ask you the same question I asked myself back then. Why do you do what you do? I have many motivations. I do things because they are the right thing to do. I do things because they are expected of me. I do the right thing because it makes life and relationships easier. When it comes to my family, I do things because I deeply love them. But when it comes to God, I am not sure I do many things as a response to his love for me. This bothers me. Some of my best friends tell me I am too hard on myself, and that I do deeply love the Lord; and I do. But I want to be driven by that love. I want BT to be my response to his love, our response to his love.
I don't know how a trip to Asia might help me, but I am expecting as I teach people whose lives are so different from mine that I will learn more from them than they from me.
2. The second goal I have is to see how BT's great content might impact this continent. It is always hard to know how deeply cultural any of our teaching really is. Is it so propositional that a story culture can't benefit from it? Please pray that I learn the answer to this question, or at least start to learn.
I appreciate all of you walking with me in this journey. I do not travel well; I tend to be overly nervous. But I have no fears or hesitancy about this trip and what we will be doing. I take that as the Lord's comfort while doing his calling.