Tobias is Greek for “Yahweh is good”, and Issara is Thai/Lao for “Freedom”. I think this describes well who I am. Or you can just call me Toby for short as some of my peeps are in the habit of doing. I am an anonymous blogger and must remain so even though it goes against every fiber of my post-modern upbringing that values transparency. Only busta’s put up fronts and fake the funk if you know what I mean.
At the time of this writing I’m in my late a 20’s, a father of two and a half, missionary, church-planter, businessman, development worker, gamer and musician…among other things. I don’t consider myself an expert in any one thing but if I could offer something it would simply be my heart – for out of its overflow pour words and deeds. All I can give you is what I say based on what I do.
I’ve put off starting a blog for several years due to a combination of struggles. The greatest being the security risks. You see we live in a very closed Asian country doing all of those things listed above. People in our country who choose to share Jesus or start churches can end up in prison or missing. Some have paid the ultimate price. Knowing our names, our work and our country poses a significant security risk to our names, our work and our country. So for the safety of all those involved names and locations in Asia will always be changed but the stories of course will always be true – as well as the passion.
Another thing to remember is that I am South-East Asian. My parents left to the U.S. as refugees in the early eighties where I was born and raised. There are many of you like me and I believe this gives us a unique perspective into life, ministry and mission. Read, discover, engage…
For the Kingdom,