Once upon a time, before YouTube was a thing, I dreamt of traveling the world as a videographer for missionaries. It was a fantastic dream. The idea was to collaborate with several churches in the area so they could team up to send me to several missionaries on one trip rather than each church paying for someone to go to each of their missionaries.
I called them expeditions, and I imagined creating “short” 10-minute videos for each missionary, which they could send home right away. Then, I would bring my travel footage home to edit into my own video to use as promotion for the next expedition.
How I longed for such a meaningful life of adventure and travel!
At its core, I longed to tell the story of God at work in the world. I wanted to share radical stories of changed lives, thriving communities, and impossible things being lived out all over the world. In today’s terms, I wanted to make God a YouTube star!
But over the years, I’ve come to realize that God doesn’t really work like that. He’s more likely to work a life-altering miracle and then command the person to go and tell no one. It’s almost like the image he wants to portray is not that of a miracle-worker, but that of a renewed life.
It reminds me of 1 John 4:12,
“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
In this light, telling the story of how my fellow pilgrim is loving the world is to tell the story of how God is loving the world. And what a beautiful image of God that would be.
This is why I’ve taken such a liking to the work Adam Asher is doing with The Edge of Adventure. If you’re into travel and the transformational effect it can have on both the traveler and the host, then you’ll love the way he brings adventure and purpose together in his video series, seeking stories of significance from the most remote places in the world.
Adam’s project is not specifically religious, but his first season started as a collaboration with his own circle of fellow pilgrims who are involved with short-term missions work. I imagine his episodes will branch out to other philanthropic projects as his influence and network grows, but that remains to be seen and the work he’s doing now is great.
I invite you to check out Adam Asher on The Edge of Adventure, and follow his Podcast, too, where he introduces us to other adventurers from around the globe. He’s doing some good work, and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Buen Camino, my friends.