Evangelical NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin has expressed his excitement to return to Asia in mid-August in a recent blog post and has posted a picture of himself after practice. He has been showing off his progress and determination to breakthrough in the 2013-14 NBA season as NBA trade rumors continue to linger on whether he will be traded from Rockets.
“Just finished today’s practice! How are you all? I’m looking forward to return to Asia in less than a month!” Lin wrote in Chinese on his micro-blog Sina Weibo.
Lin, 24, will arrive Taiwan on August 14th and will be leading a summer basketball youth camp and an evangelistic conference during his one week stay on the island.
Showing himself to be a positive role model, Lin has packed his offseason schedule not only with intensive basketball practices but also with events where he can take advantage of his platform and reach the world for Christ.
He will be sharing his testimonies and experiences to over 18,000 youths from across the island of 26 million people at the conference "Dream Big, Be Yourself,” which will feature special guest Van Ness Wu and possibly Asia’s ‘king of pop’ Jay Chou.
Lin will depart Taiwan for mainland China after the summer basketball camp has completed on the 20th. His mother and church family reportedly have been actively praying that many people can to know Christ and accept Him as Lord and savior through his testimonies and these events.
Upon his return to the United States, Lin will team up with Pastor Francis Chan and popular music artist Tyler Ward to lead “Identity Unleashed,” a large-scale evangelistic conference in Cow Palace, Daly City, on September 7th.
Lin has said in past interviews and testimonies that he realizes that only Jesus Christ can satisfy his heart and when he plays basketball he is playing for God, who loved him and died for him on the cross. That's where he derives his self-worth and value and his identity.
The second-generation Taiwanese or Chinese-American said that his favorite Bible-verse is found in Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”