It has been over two years since our family moved out of Thailand to serve at the U.S. Center for World Mission. So much has happened since that time, but I wanted to just take a moment to give you a quick reflection on 2014 as we move into 2015.
This past year was a full one. My wife had our third son, we moved into the former house of our ministry’s founder, and I headed up a revitalization project for the ministry that affects all of our ministries, including our seventeen acre Pasadena mission base. Our tentative launch date for the reveal to the public is March 2015. You will soon be able to see all of the work that has gone into this project over the last year and a half.
This past year I continued to lead our local collaborative missions mobilization group which includes TheCall, Pasadena International House of Prayer, Youth With A Mission, One Voice Student Missions, and Epicentre Church. We have seen more young people on our campus in the last two years than in the last ten years combined. Just this past year we hosted over 180 university students from over 50 universities for three weeks on the campus for 21Project. We hope to double this in the coming year.
Our collaborative partnerships were featured in a recent edition of Mission Frontiers magazine.
PRIME: Catalyzing Breakthrough Among the Unreached
At the end of this month I will gather again with about 500 leaders of houses of prayer, churches, and mission agencies at the OneThing Leadership Summit in Kansas City. Along with leaders from the Pasadena International House of Prayer, we will be sharing with other leaders how we see the prayer movement and the frontier missions movement working together. Part of my input will be a new initiative we have been developing called PRIME, which stands for Prayer, Research, Innovation, Media, and Engagement. PRIME is a way for multi disciplinary teams to work together in order to accelerate breakthrough of the Gospel among the unreached peoples of the world, those who have little to no access to the Gospel of Jesus. The PIHOP teams have been reaching out into some of the most difficult places on Earth.
Catalyzing Breakthrough in Thailand
In January, I leave for Thailand to join a gathering of scholars and practitioners who work in the Buddhist majority world. I will be presenting a paper on Spiritual power in the Buddhist context. My paper is entitled People of Power and I will probably be the youngest and most unqualified presenter selected to present! Over 180 leaders will be in attendance and the 10 or so papers presented will be edited into a book that our ministry, WCL, publishes. I hope to share the final paper with you here on the blog!
Before heading to the conference, I will be in Bangkok at a camp outreach for Buddhist background youth and their leaders at a local camp. I will speak at a key Thai church on “Empowering the Every Day People of God.” After the conference my plan is to travel around Northeast Thailand visiting indigenous leaders.
2015 is shaping up to be a year of continued acceleration.
This year I have stayed so focus on the work that I have not had much time to increase our financial support base. Yet God has been faithfully meeting our needs in surprising ways.