About three weeks have passed since we began “our sabbatical.” Don’t worry…I’m resting and enjoying my time with family and friends. But the “side” work for the poverty organization has been much more difficult than I anticipated. It doesn’t help that the weather here in Korea is amongst the worst I have experienced with its combination of heat and humidity. It also doesn’t help that there are 8 people sharing a 600 square feet apartment on the 7th floor of our building.
Anyway, as we try to share our vision with “movers and shakers,” you expect that God will honor that vision because we believe it is something that God has placed upon our hearts. Why do I always manage to forget this lesson? It’s never as easy as you envision in your head or heart. Never.
Couple days ago, I was having this “chat” with a friend and kinda poured out my frustration. I deleted some phrases and words that would implicate me in bad ways. Here’s a short clip of the G rated version of our conversation.
Sent at 11:32 PM on Monday
me: hmm. been feeling like everything is uphill
friend: ok. if it’s any encouragement, i have 1000% faith in you. you have the things that neither money nor time can buy: desire, drive, conviction, vision, heart. money and time will come and pass.
friend: fb group will break 50k by tomorrow night
me: i think it’s because 98% of folks are really “late adopters” to stuff. people are so skeptical, cynical…
friend: i’ve really enjoyed reading “how to change the world” that someone lent to me
me: so it’s tough finding that 2% of folks that are interested
friend: it gives me more confidence that you and your vision are on the right track
me: and then you can whittle down than 2% by another 90% when giving financially to the cause is discussed. people disappear when you ask them to give. at places that i speak it’s usually, “you can speak but not about the organization or your vision at all.” this has been the most painful.
me: honestly, i just wish i heard only the first part of our conviction and just gave away our one year’s salary and be done with it. i’m surprised at the quasi-criticisms we’ve been receiving- not just from strangers via fbook – but people we know. some of the stuff i can’t even show to minhee.
friend: many are short-sighted…
It’s discouraging because you have expectations. There are “strategic” connections – people, churches, or orgs – you have in mind that you think will clearly or likely support our work but they don’t come to pass. It’s strange how that often seem to happen. When we planted Quest seven years ago, my wife and I made two lists: “People who will support us financially” and “People who Might Support us Financially.” Surpisingly, it was the people that weren’t on either of these lists that supported us in various ways.
I don’t want to make that mistake again. I don’t want to depend on my lists, connections, and expectations. I don’t want to depend on me. If this is of the Lord, He will pave the way. I want to work hard but I also want to trust completely in Him. So, would you keep us in prayer. And thanks to many of you who have encouraged us from afar.
I was feeling a little down couple days ago for reasons I mentioned above re: the poverty organization. But I was quickly encouraged when I discovered that Jackie Chan has his own restaurant in Seoul, Korea. Three of them actually. I don’t know why but it just cracked me up. He’s 86 years old but he’s everywhere. Not only does he do his own stunts but he makes his own food.
Seriously, these two things REALLY encouraged me:
This year’s college graduates owe their success to many factors, from hectoring parents to cherished remedies for hangovers. But one of the most remarkable of the new graduates, Beatrice Biira, credits something utterly improbable: a goat.
“I am one of the luckiest girls in the world,” Beatrice declared at her graduation party after earning her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College. Indeed, and it’s appropriate that the goat that changed her life was named Luck. [read full article]
One day while driving with her father, Hannah Salwen noticed a Mercedes stopped next to a homeless man sitting on the curb.
“I said to my dad, ‘If that guy didn’t have such a nice car, then that guy could have a nice meal,’ ” the 15-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, recalled.
And so began the tale of what the Salwen family calls “Hannah’s Lunchbox.”
It started as family discussions about what they needed versus what was enough. Hannah’s father Kevin, an entrepreneur, is on the board of the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and is no stranger to community work, but he said this family conversation was life-changing.
“We stopped and paused and thought about what are the things in the world that could really make a difference, a little bit of difference in the world,” he said.
They talked about selling their cars or other things, but it was Hannah’s mother, Joan, who came up with selling their 6,500-square-foot house, donating half the proceeds and then moving into a house half the size. [read full article]
Question: What has encouraged you recently..besides Jackie Chan?