Category Archives: legacy

blog archive of L2 Foundation articles

This is an archive of L2 Foundation blog articles, kept online for historical purposes. We hope you find this to be a useful reference and resource.

L2 Foundation’s first 7 years

L2 Foundation is a private foundation that seeks to develop the leadership and legacy of Asian Americans by providing support and resources. L2 Foundation serves ministry and professional leaders, empowering them to fulfill God’s calling.

  1. bless & affirm & encourage & empower the next generation Asian Americans
  2. connecting Asian American leaders for innovation and healthy leadership development
  3. connecting & mobilizing Asian American legacy partners to invest in the next generation Asian Americans

These are all wonderful words that describe the exciting vision of L2 Foundation to invest in the next generation, also known as English-speaking 2nd generation. There is so much potential in this next generation, and our role is to discern the appropriate strategic initiatives that can make a greater impact to benefit many people. Often I’ve explained this at a 10,000-foot view, and I thought it’d be helpful to provide a historical review to show you what that actually looks like. Click on the green “play” button below for a pictorial history of L2’s first seven years.

You may also view the video of the founders Paul & Alice Chou to get an inside look at why they started L2 Foundation and the Triangle Youth Fellowship.

legacy of Johnathan Sim

L2 Foundation has a vision to develop leadership & legacy for Asian Americans. Legacy simply means leaving something behind. To read of this man’s legacy was particularly touching, because it came as a shocking surprise to so many. I had an opportunity to meet with Johnathan Sim several years ago in New York City, and he was doing some really good things for World Vision. Then I heard 2nd hand that he suddenly passed away with no warning signs.

This Seattle Times’ article, Legacies of love and learning, speaks of a Korean/Asian American’s legacy. This poignant excerpt from “Daddy’s Letter” video of Johnathan Sim gives us a look at his legacy [hat tip: Eugene Cho] ::

This is an excerpt from the “Daddy’s Letter” video to his young son, Nathan, now 5, that Johnathan Sim made in May of 2002. Johnathan Sim died of a stroke on July 25, 2005. He was 33 ::

Soon, work will begin on another of Sim’s legacies.

In the small, isolated village of Twachiyanda, Zambia — 9,700 miles from Seattle — the building supplies have been delivered, and work to build the town’s first school is scheduled to be finished in August. It will house 430 children in the elementary grades, many of them orphaned because their parents have died of AIDS.

The school will be named the Johnathan Sim Legacy School, honoring the staffer for World Vision, the Christian relief agency based in Federal Way that sends help to more than 100 countries. Some $110,000 was raised in donations in Sim’s memory to build the school and buy school supplies.

… At that time, Nathan was 7 months old, and Natalie not even born. Sim decided to leave a recorded message for his young son.

“… life is unpredictable, and anything can and does happen, and just in case, I wanted to leave a message for you,” Sim began the video.

He would go on to tell his son:

” … I have a lot of dreams for you … study hard … be a leader, not a follower … ”

Q day 1 morning session

I get to the Tabernacle for the Q just in the nick of time. Things start right up at 10:05am with an introduction from Gabe Lyons. Each speaker gets 18 minutes to talk and that’s it [that visible ticking clock can be intimidating.]

Gabe Lyons: Q is about you. It’s not about the speakers. Every participant’s name and email is in the Q book. Fermi Project is about doing a few small things that are focused and intentional, which will have great long-term impact. It’s meant to be provoking. Ask questions. Enter conversations.

culture: it’s everything around us.. it’s the air we breathe.. grouping of artifacts and institutions that create community.. make of 7 channels of cultural influence: media, arts & entertainment, business, education, government, church, social sector… historically the church has been in the middle of that..

future: your actions today create the future..

gospel: things that were beautiful were broken, fallen.. redemption in Christ, renews all things that we put our hands too.. being incarnational.. much more than just personal salvation.. grasp this fuller story..

[I got distracted by text messages from Gideon Tsang, so I didn’t note what he said about church]

Essentially, Gabe highlighted what he wrote in the recently published Fermi Short titled, Influencing Culture: An Opportunity for the Church [a most excellent read, highly recommended]

Gabe tells the story of the Tabernacle.. and the restoration of the chandelier.. if only we had eyes to see..


Andy Crouch | Stepping into culture @ 10:27am

taking a walk through history, how Christians had been an essential part of culture and life.. what kind of postures the church has taken towards culture: condemn, critique, copy, consume..

proposes a new posture for the church toward culture: cultivate (Gen. 2:15) and create (Gen. 2:19).. God creates, and then leaves a space for man to create too.. God invites Adam to name the animals God created, and what he named it, that’s what it was named..

there are right gestures the church should and can do for certain things in culture: condemn Nazis, critique art, copy worship forms, consume baguettes.. the problem is when gestures become postures..

how culture is created: 3 or 4 at the core living and dreaming and creating.. 12 committed help create it.. 120 help build it.. discern: where are you called to cultivate & create..

Andy has posted his slides that he talked through at www.culture-makers.com/resources/q2007 [this is the correct URL to the PDF]


Rick Warren (Saddleback Church) @ 10:55am

church is the hope of the world, it’s the only thing that’ll last.. if I knew of anything more important to do, I’d do it.. I want to invest in this next generation, the transformation generation .. 1/2 of Saddleback staff is under 30..

how do you be in the world and not of the world.. it’s not programmatic, it’s personal.. not strategy, a lifestyle.. not really about innovation, about incarnation.. you are the message.. when it comes to engaging culture, it’s all about you..

it’s not one culture, but cultures.. geography is far more important than age.. takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.. the purposes don’t change, but the way we fulfill the purposes has to change..

the keys to engage culture: humility, integrity, generosity, civility, clarity

humility: the reason we haven’t engaged is because of arrogance, it’s not denying your strengths, it’s being honest with our weaknesses.. it’s teachability to learn from other people.. willingness to learn..

the ideas I’ve had about Saddleback I’ve had since I was 25, but no one wanted to listen then; now that it’s had some influence, people want to listen.. who is the 25 year old Rick Warren we need to listen to today.. learn and listen.. we’re better to together..

these keys are the antidote to the world – lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, pride of life.. Christians have taken 2 extremes.isolation or imitation.. answer is incarnation and infiltration.. some churches want to be create and cute rather than effective.. I’m addicted to changed lives..

people will always need to be loved.. meaning, purpose.. make your message simple..


Catherine Rohr | redeeming justice @ 11:15am

interview by Mike Foster about her prisoner entrepreneur program.. incredible stories of equipping entrepreneural prisoners to make a positive contribution to society through their business skills..


Kevin Kelly (futurist & founding editor of Wired) @ 12:11pm

“The next 1000 years of Christianity”

.. was part of a project in building a 10,000 year clock to help us to think long-term.. what would that mean for Christianity.. “The future belongs to those who inhabit it.”

1000 years in the future is only 13 generations.. what was it like back 1000 years ago: gospel, church, culture, future.. noted the invention – technology of printing.. it changed culture.. “science” was also a new technology that emerged..

what’s embedded in Christian culture today that’ll come out in the next 13 generations? let’s look at 2040, half a generation away: end of baby boomers, shrinking world population, age-wave youth precious; China will overtake the US as largest economy; city planet 80% will live in cities…

[incomplete random notes] futurists use “boundary of plausible” to anticipate future.. explored shift of center of Christianity to South and East… number of Christian denominations is 40,000, extrapolated to maybe 300,000 in 40 years.. fertility rate is dropping, and has a dramatic effect on world population.. we are alive in the first time in history when we’ve had a blip

[first time ever] Humans have only ever experienced a rise in prosperity in parallel with a rise in population.

One central question (for future) is whether we remain one species or many.

the Christian brand: Counterculture, healing, intolerant (hope these are incorrect, but these are what people think now)

possible futures: What about a sympathetic Hollywood Christian hero? Scripture tattoos? Purple Christians? “How Europe became Eurabia – an Islamic history of Europe”?

What we do today will affect the future.