I asked a long time BAM practitioner in Southeast Asia what lessons he had learned over the years. He said that Nehemiah has always served as a great example that he tries to pattern his work after. Nehemiah held a position outside of the religious hierarchy, but was motivated by his faith and sensitive to God?s leading. He learned of a need, then dropped to his knees. He prayed and planned. He assessed the situation and acted in practical ways. He persevered through adversity, and God?s presence was ultimately manifested once again because of what Nehemiah accomplished. ?As I reflected on what he shared, I wondered how many of us are like Nehemiah, and are we seeking out other Nehemiah?s around us?