Over 10 years ago, I signed up to teach a preaching class at the Bicol Center for Christian Leadership in the Philippines. I was excited about the possibility and the good work God might do through it. Yet, we faced serious obstacles. First, there was the obstacle of distance. The Philippines is over 10000 km away from here. Getting to the school required a flight to Vancouver; then a 14 hour flight to Manila; then 2 full days to recover somewhat from jet lag; then another 2 hour flight down to school’s location.