Friday morning, at the crack of dawn, I will begin my journey from Branson, MO to South Korea. I am not a morning person! Ugh.
After approximately 24 glorious hours of travel in expansive, economy class airline seats I will arrive in Pusan, South Korea.
I should say a word about who I am.
I am Tom Willcox. I love to learn about and experience my Father’s heart. I also love to help others to learn about and experience our Father’s heart. I am a pastor, serving the First Presbyterian Church of Branson, Missouri in the USA. At this writing, I am also the President of PRMI’s Board of Directors and a faculty member of the Dunamis Institute.
I’m also a husband, dad, son . . . all that vitally important stuff to me that is not really necessary at this point here.
The Lord has given me two lenses through which to view the experiences I will have and life as it happens all around me on this trip.
The first lens; to watch for instances of people, including myself, experiencing the Father’s heart.
The second lens; to watch for God at work, changing people’s lives.
At the church I serve,we have discovered that our Heavenly Father has called us to experience his heart and to help others experience his heart.
This may mean that I will discover a new understanding and experience of how much the Father loves me.
It may also mean that I will both understand and experience our Father’s love for someone else.
God might actually cause (allow) me to feel a measure of his love for someone else and perhaps even do something about it.
This Father’s Heart stuff is pretty amazing.
Experiencing the Father’s heart would be a huge change for some people who have had precious little opportunity to know what it is like to be loved with a divine and everlasting love. All change follows a similar and simple pattern.
A God inspired change involves moving from a familiar pattern, practice or orientation – through a period of dis-orientation and disruption – into a new pattern, practice or orientation of God’s choosing. Watching for this orientation – dis-orientation – new orientation process is the second lens I mentioned.
I know that blogging about this journey will be a blessing for me. My sincere hope and prayer is that reading and commenting on this blog will also bless your life.
Tom, nice post. I look forward to reading about your trip and praying for you along the way. May God open your eyes to see His working and give you the joy of sharing in His work. Peace and God bless!
Thank you so much for doing this! I can see your poor knees squeezed behind the seat! Something us short people don’t even think about 😉 We are having a ball at VBS and are thinking about you and the great things God has in store for you on this trip. We’ll keep holding you up in prayer.
Ditto to Phil and Jenni (1st and 2nd reply)
Oh! You forgot!! You are also a Grandfather. Pack a picture or two to show around. God go with you.
Glad to know Your in Korea Safely. You Are Missed!