Wow! We have had a whirlwind of the last few weeks. We just had a great Christmas with many visitors, and the kids and staff have been abundantly blessed by so many generous brothers and sisters from all across the country.
But what we are also excited about is something that seems to defy logic, rational thinking, and common sense (sounds like God). A few weeks ago our wonderful and amazing single staff conspired and approached me with a proposition. The reason we haven’t been trying to do a School of Discipleship before is because we have only had three families and one of them has been out of commission. Our thinking was, “If we only just had one more family…” But the staff said they would be willing to take on extra responsibilities to free us up to prepare and lead and school.
They have been such a delightful bunch that get together and pray and worship on their own and desire to be Spirit led. For fear of possibly quenching the Spirit and missing an opportunity that may very well be coming from God through them, Miguel, Caleb, and I decided to venture forward and see if maybe our Father in heaven might just have a group of students ready and waiting. As of today, we have received our first application for the school, and we are all excited and praying repeatedly that the Lord will keep the way open for all who are able to come join us.
The school will run from February 10 through May 11. It costs $1200, which covers food, utilities, guest speaker expenses, and an outing or two. The mornings begin with morning worship and communion and class time till noon. The afternoons are spent either working alongside out staff as they care for the kids in various ways, or spending time in prayer, studying and meditating on the word, or just simply walking with our Lord. The subjects in class are foundational; the fundamentals of the faith, spiritual disciplines, etc..
But the greatest work and revelations are rarely picked up in the classroom. We have long had a saying, “As we are changing the kids, the kids are changing us.” God uses the “feet on the ground” experiences to do the most profound works in peoples lives. And many, many lives have been radically changed for people around the world. The stories of how God met people while hanging out with Juan Carlos, Lupe, Ana and the rest have been preached in Africa, England, Vanuatu, and many other countries.
We are inviting people from the ages of 18 to 29 to come and give the Lord three months of their lives. They will get back a lifetime of closeness to our Savior.
Visit http://www.one27foundation.org/school-of-discipleship for an application and brochure, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May God be gracious to you.