I have been in Asia now for several days teaching, and my guess is that I am experiencing the normal set of emotions. Confusion with all the new customs. Frustration at the language barrier. Feeling far from home and vulnerable. But we were taken out to dinner at a German restaurant tonight so at least we had some familiar food.
But I think the thing that has hit me the hardest is the level of commitment these brothers and sisters have made. I was in the dorm room yesterday checking my email, and the different people were all hard at work, most hunched over their computers. Some were translating. Others answering students' questions. Other working to keep the wireless network working. But they are so amazingly dedicated and committed to their tasks.
It made me wonder about the apostles in the early days of the church. A persecuted minority with a commission so big that it was probably impossible to believe, humanly speaking, that they could really make a significant difference in the Roman Empire. But these brothers and sisters are doing precisely that. They truly believe they can make a significant difference in the lives of the billions of people in Asia.
And then there are the private stories, people with really good jobs making significant income who gave them up to serve. Parents of a single child who watched their daughter leave her profession after being trained in the university so she could go to seminary and serve. A man who shut his factory down so he could focus on fighting the good fight.
I remember years ago hearing John Piper talk about Christians living a wartime lifestyle, a way of living that acknowledges we are at war with the enemy, and victory will be costly. These brothers and sisters know this, and have made the commitment to fight, and to win.
I do not yet know how BiblicalTraining can help, but we are working on a plan. Please continue to pray for strength and wisdom for me and the other teachers. The battle is just beginning.