Sept. 10, 2020

Pastor Teo Hayashi on Esther 4:14– “Created to Live for Something Greater Than Yourself”

Mark is delighted to welcome his friend, Pastor Teo Hayashi, to the podcast today. Teo is the founder of the Dunamis Movement, a Christian student movement in universities throughout Brazil, and he also has one of the world’s greatest followings. He has been a missionary and Pastor around the world from Asia to North Carolina and now back home in Brazil, and he and Mark first met and became fast friends while in Jerusalem with Eagles’ Wings. The passage he has selected to discuss today is Esther 4:14.

Their conversation begins with Teo summarizing the passage and explaining what it means to him, particularly as an example of his belief that ‘truth revealed is stronger than truth imposed’. He and Mark explore how the passage teaches us how to be a mentor, how God’s plan for each of us is revealed, and about the partnership between people and God. Teo then recounts his own profound ‘Esther 4:14 moment’, the impact it had on his life, and his perspective on the power of crisis. The episode concludes with Teo offering his advice for young people, the lessons about mankind which he has learned, the critical need to love yourself, and the life-changing nature of his time in Jerusalem with Eagles’ Wings. As you listen in, you will quickly come to the realization that Teo’s story here today provides yet another stunning example of the prominent role that biblical truth plays in living a full life in partnership with God, and, as such, renders this an episode not to be missed,

Episode Highlights:

  • Teo’s summary of the passage and its meaning for him
  • Truth revealed as opposed to truth imposed
  • Being a mentor
  • How God’s plan for each of us is revealed
  • The partnership between people and God
  • Teo’s ‘Esther 4:14 moment’ and the impact it had on his life
  • The power of crisis
  • His advice for young people
  • The lessons about mankind that Teo has learned
  • Loving yourself
  • Teo’s Eagles’ Wings experience and its impact upon him


“I believe that truth revealed is stronger than truth imposed.”

“God has a sovereign plan over humanity, over us as His sons and daughters. However, we are always faced with the choice.”

“I have brought you for such a time as this. I’ve created you to live for something greater than yourself.”

“Whether you come from suffering or from privilege, you are faced with questions that when the Word of the Lord, of the Almighty God, comes through the mouth of His prophets…it just brings connection to the plot.”

“When people realize that He is nearer than we think, we will have God encounters.”

“I’m having to learn to be satisfied and find spirituality on the day to day things.”

“If I take it easy on myself, I take it easy on people around me.”

“Before you love your neighbor as yourself, be careful that you love yourself in the right way.”

“How can I do ministry for…my Lord, my God, and I haven’t even visited His house?”

Esther 4:14 On the contrary, if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis.”


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