As we know it, life is an adventure. Just when we think the path is predictable, a junction or a U-turn presents itself. Such is life for Terence and Deborah, the founders of Built to Last. In 2013, just as they were expecting their first child, they felt a nudging to live life more. Not that they were not living – in fact, they loved everything about it – the opportunity to work with a booming start-up for Terence, and the dream job for Deborah, traveling the world writing about and consulting for hotels and resorts. On weekends they served at a local church and poured into youth through the Royal Rangers program. They had a great family and were married for a handful of years – but the nudging persisted.
So they did the unthinkable. With a baby in tow, Terence and Deb made one of the most significant decisions in their life. They left their jobs in Kuala Lumpur to spend a couple of years in rural Cambodia to raise funds, set up literacy centers and train local teachers. They did this in partnership with an international NGO. While living the village life, their instinctive city-nature was put to the test. You can read about their first-hand account in “Live to Last”, Deb’s book where she shares a handful of incredible stories with great learnings.
The unthinkable move was not coincidental…
Terence and Deborah have both grown up with a strong ingrain of servitude in their lives – their parents, both, serve as lay people in various ministries in the church. As a result of their insatiable desire to see the world and leave a lasting impact, Terence and Deb have both individually or together offered their skills, time and energy through missions and community development work in Aceh (after the tsunami hit), interiors of Indonesia, Thailand and even the ghettos of New York!
The adventure continues to this day with Built To Last as a vehicle to bring lasting transformation to the next generation. They are currently based in Sabah, Malaysia working amongst and for the native communities. Nothing is more fulfilling than sowing into lives and empowering them to see and live life more than for themselves.