Musings, Wisdom

Learning to Pray Big

A lesson from a missionary friend.


Papua New Guinea has a cultural difference that is sometimes hard to get used to. It is the “ASKIM“. The askim is when a national will come to us and ask for a favor or request usually far exceeding what we would expect in our home culture. But their attitude is “Askim Tasol”. which literally means “Asking that’s all”. They know if they don’t ask it will never be granted so why not ask! It’s done in the context of relationship. The interesting part is that while it is sometimes embarrassing to us, it really isn’t to them. I was thinking, in a way, this is what God expects from us. In our relationship with Him, He is not embarrassed to hear our every request. Sometimes, we ask more than what we need and he doesn’t grant it to us but He never gets mad or tired of hearing from us and our own ASKIMS!

Tim Scott

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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