What happens when God calls you to follow him? Where might Jesus take you? What might it cost? And what kind of surprising blessings could it bring you and the world around you? Through sharing his own personal story, Urbana director Tom Lin shows how pursuing Gods call can take us in unexpected directions. As a success-driven Harvard student, Tom figured he was headed for a lucrative career in corporate business. But then God called him to a life he never expected. Despite painful resistance from his family, he followed Jesus, eventually going halfway around the world to pioneer Christian campus ministry in the virtually unreached nation of Mongolia. Along the way he saw how God had been guiding his journey all along. Our challenge today is that we too easily settle for less than God intends for us. We prefer comfort and avoid risks. But we live in an era of unprecedented opportunities for God's global mission. If we are willing to embrace a life of adventure, we too can discover the radical ways God can use us to bless the nations. So step up and answer the call. And God will surprise you beyond all imagination.
Tom Lin is the director of the Urbana Student Mission Conference and vice president of missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He previously served several years in Mongolia pioneering campus student ministry with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He has pioneered new Asian American Christian Fellowships at Harvard and Boston University, and served as an IVCF staff trainer, fund development specialist and missions department consultant. He has also served as a human resources director of a Fortune 500 company and was Leadership Pastor at Wellspring Covenant Community Church. A second-generation Taiwanese American, Lin has developed networks in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Brunei. He currently also serves on the advisory board of the Leadership and Legacy Foundation and is vice chairman of the board for Wycliffe Bible Translators as well as Lausanne international deputy director for North America.