I believe the world can be changed for the better.
I believe there is more than enough reason to hope.
I believe that light can shine in dark places.
I believe that captives can be set free.
… and I believe that the earth can look just like heaven.
This is the Kingdom that Jesus spoke about and instructed us to “bring” to earth wherever we go. Over the past 8 years I’ve traveled from place to place and been let into the lives and hearts of people from all over the world. I know what it’s like to be exposed to the needs of the nations, and to contribute to the work others are doing to meet those needs. While I’ve had the privelage of leading others out to see and do the same, it’s time to expand my vision of what can be done and increase my personal contribution to seeing the Kingdom of heaven on earth.
So I’m helping start a new project. The Journey is a semester-long program for young adults (ages 18-30) who band together and address the unacceptable realities in our world.
In January of 2013 we’re took our first team to Mae Sot Thailand to take action and change realities. We spent four months investigating, researching, and defining the real needs. In the end, we saw a huge need for consistent and fair-paying jobs. In response, we opened Famous Ray’s Burger Restaurant. Watch the video below to see the results.
We brought a team over for the summer to look into educational needs and God showed us his heart for his children when a 13-year-old street kid tried to sleep on our doorstep.
This fall we returned with a new team and big dreams to see His Kingdom come to Mae Sot. We’re opening a bicycle shop to sustain ministry with kids, employ more people, and disciple and train street kids in basic bicycle mechanics. We’re getting more involved, invested in the dreams of long-term missionaries, and it’s changing the realities of the people who live on the border of Thailand and Burma.
I believe that this model will continue to expose young adults to the needs in the world while equipping them with tools and experience that make a long-lasting impact in meeting those needs. I’m excited to build on the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained over the years to try something radical and new in missions.