Java Jives: The Asia Project

Java Jives: The Asia Project

“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.

Comments
  • Stephen Helbig September 1, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Yes praise, honor, esteem, and even “Kudos” to Asia for being who God created him to be!

    Your blog has made me think once more, on God’s Womderful Beauty !!!
    I even started to sing the song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
    THANKS for being there, (IN GOD’S WORLD) !

    To see a really cute version of this song “THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS see:
    http://youtu.be/qXMtK3awAPI

    • Stephen Helbig September 1, 2011 at 3:22 am

      CORRECTION>>> not God’s “Womderful” Beauty, but:

      GOD’S “WONDERFUL” BEAUTY

      Sorry I can’t typppeeeeEEEE very well. (rtyubhoiekha) 🙂

      • admin September 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

        what is rtyubhioekha

        • Stephen Helbig September 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

          (BAaaaaaaaaD typeeeeeiiiiinnngg)

          rtyubhioekha > hiitten dem keys with dem fat fingers

  • Mary Vanderplas September 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    You express well the truth that God is free. To believe that God speaks only through those who have recognized him and responded to his grace in Christ is to deny both the truth of God’s freedom and the truth that the world belongs to God.

    I think it’s great that this gifted and passionate-about-life person is stirring the hearts of many with his poetry and passion. And, I agree, it’s a shame to think that he likely wouldn’t be welcome to speak in a church. Inasmuch as his message is an affirmation of life’s goodness (in all of its physicality), along with a call to care about things that matter to God, we in the church would do well to listen.

    Thanks for sharing this. And congratulations to you for being selected to have a part in the program.

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