“God, I want a penis the size of a forearm with a clenched fist…” is not your typical Sunday morning prayer. But Asia Samson, a poet and cancer survivor who calls himself “God’s faithful servant”, is not your typical minister. Asia threw in the towel at his full time job to pursue a career in poetry. For him, it was totally a God-thing. He may not be called “minister” or recognized as such by others, but I totally knew that God had anointed him to do exactly what he is doing now. The event was a Java Jives featuring Asia Project, at UCF. It was my pleasure to be counted among a few people who read/performed poetry as part of the opening act for Asia. If I had to use only one word to express the vibe there this evening, I would have a hard time deciding between “transparent” and “relevant.” I know that Asia would not be permitted to speak in church (unless he censored himself, which I just can’t see him doing). It’s the church’s loss, because the messages in his poetry are exactly what people need to hear – raw honesty, beauty, redemption, purpose in suffering, living in the presence of God, humor, love and commitment in friendships and in marriage, etc, but this certainly doesn’t stop God from giving him a platform for his ministry (again, this is not what he or anyone else calls it, but that’s what it is). God doesn’t need the church’s permission to do His thing, wherever, whenever, and however He pleases. Jesus said, “I, if I be lifted up (crucified), will draw all men unto me.” I don’t know whether Asia is aware of his part in this, but I sure am. The man is scattering spiritual seeds that are bound to take root sooner or later in the lives of his audiences. Kudos to Asia for being who God created him to be!
*I’ve included a video of one of his poems here, and his website is linked above.