2023 May Newsletter

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What is Asaph up to?

Looking back

I was laid off in January from Wayfair. This was in many ways a shock as I have been there for just under 6 years and was thriving in my role tech leading my team. After the initial shock of the moment, my first emotional reaction was feeling freedom. 40 hours of my week have freed up. My feet were free to roam. So I spent some time traveling with most of my family in Vietnam and Taiwan in March/April.

After various confirmations, I decided on April 15 that I will be leaving the Boston area at the end of July/early August to travel around for a bit before settling in Chicago beginning of 2024. This was not remotely on my radar entering 2023, but part of the joy of being a Christian are the steps of faith that God lays out for us to walk in. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Here's a little insight into my decision making:

  • Fall of last year, my dad mentioned that I should have a sabbatical off of doing ministry stuff to focus on enjoying the life that God has for me and reclaim joy and delight in life. (not that the two are mutually exclusive, but sometimes when you overindex in one direction, there needs to be course correction)
  • Jongsoo-a dear brother in Christ-suggested around winter that it could be a good idea to leave Boston for a season to cross-pollinate with what God is doing in other parts of the world.
  • I got to see that in Asia, seeing what God is doing in and through people there was eye opening. It's one thing to hear about God being pursued and sought in other places, but it's another to see it firsthand.
  • In Asia, I saw a picture of a tree being uprooted-I believe it to mean that I was being uprooted and transplanted from where I was.
  • I also saw a couple of signs for Chicago and then 3 for Boston, I believe that to mean that I'll be in Chicago for 2 years and then back to Boston for 3.
  • In February, Michelle, another dear friend from church prophesied/spoke some wisdom to me to be aware of the season I'm in and that when it's gone that it's gone.
  • After coming back from Asia, I still was on the fence about leaving Boston, but then Bea reminded me about the previous words about sabbath and adventure. Her coming around to me leaving also meant a lot as she was initially hesitant at not being to see each other for a few months.
  • Lastly, I was reading The Bait of Satan by John Bevere and it just so happens to mention leaving churches and how to leave well and not in offense.

After making the decision, the next day at church, the pastor announced a change to the direction and focus of the church to one that was not one that I felt as strongly connected to pursuing as the previous one. Also after, some things became clearer like being able to get to Chicago 6 months earlier and Bea being able to use my car for the fall semester.


Now I am aspirationally, spending my time 50/50 on ministry and programming projects. Though God is teaching me that "interruptions" with people can be the main purpose of that day like it so often was in Jesus' ministry. Each person who needed help or situation that needed resolving was an opportunity for Jesus to display the power of God.


  • Songwriting
  • Writing
  • Hosting the Fellowship
  • Prayer sets
  • Meeting with people

Software engineering

  • Coding
  • System Design
  • Projects

Looking ahead

  • LOTS of travel in the coming months
  • Finishing off strong and setting people and my area of community up for success best I can.

What is God teaching me?

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. In life there are decisions that we make all the time. There are callings and giftings that God has given to us that are not withdrawn (Romans 11:29) It's good to know the big picture-who has God created you to be? What are the good works that God has prepared in advance for us? (Ephesians 2:10) Life changes but what's within us doesn't. Our call remains the same.

Something that really touched me from Francis Schaeffer's "True Spirituality" was reading about going to heaven and coming back to earth

Paul writes, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth) such an one was caught up to the third heaven.” This man was caught up into heaven, and then he came back. Can’t you imagine this man as he came back from heaven? He had seen it as a propositional truth, as a brute fact. He had been there, and looked at it, and then had come back. Would anything ever have looked the same to him again?

How could he, in comparison with what he had seen? What would the praise of the world be worth when one had stood in the presence of God? The wealth of the world, what would it look like beside the treasures of heaven? Man longs for power. But what is earthly power after one has seen the reality of heaven and the power of God? All things would look different. Surely all of this is involved in the statement that we are to live by faith now, as though we had already died, and already been raised from the dead.

What am I into this month?

  • Chess World Championship
  • Learning about backpacking and how to stuff everything in one bag and learning that I don't need as much as I think I do to survive.
  • practicingtheway.org