What is Your Ask?
Attending to Jesus’s words to Philip in John 14:12-14, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon encourages Christians to ask God for greater things. Global realities—100 million street children, 14 million aids orphans, 1 billion people hungry, 1 billion who have not heard the name of Jesus, etc.—can yield discouragement and even inaction. But Jesus promises greater works for his disciples because he has gone to the Father. As a demonstration of these greater things, Dr. Lyon gives a stirring example of Sriman, a Cambodian woman who was rescued from a brothel and whose story touched some of the most powerful people in the world. Dr. Lyon presses, “what is your ask today?”
Dr. Lyon is the founder and former CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA. She led the organization to great influence as a faith-based relief and development organization, alleviating suffering and injustice in over 30 countries. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, further graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book Ultimate Blessing and has served over 30 years in Pastoral Ministry. She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary.