Friday, August 20, 2010

A time to laugh and a time to cry...

Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalms 126:6

Amazing what 3 weeks can do...

So much giving and so much receiving.

So much laughing and so much crying.

So much learning and so much more to learn.

Conflict provides opportunities.

So much experiencing and so much more to experience.

So much stress and yet there is rest.

Such passionate friendship built in so little time.

Understanding who we are and still so much to realize.

How your heart must break before you can be recharged and move on with new love.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hope During Suffering

Romans 5:3-5

"We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts throught the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

Monday, August 9, 2010


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be
terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with
you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9

Sunday, August 8, 2010

From PILAT to SPLICE but still in Colorado Springs

We are still in Colorado Springs at Missions Training International.

We have completed PILAT (Program in Language Acquisitioin Techniques) and have new tools to help us learn the village language (Silozi) once we get to Namibia. Silozi is not a common language that we can go to language school for or that we can learn on Rosetta Stone. So, we need all the help we can get!

The first weekend that we were here we visited the Garden of the Gods where we saw beautiful red rock formations. It the picture below, I was momentarily taller than Travis. Good thing my feet did not slip!

We also visited the Cliff Dwellings where we experienced the small places that people lived in. We BOTH had to bend down in some areas of the house and doorways.

We have participated in several great hikes. We tend to get up early (5:15am) to head out to the trails before training starts. Below are some of the rewards for early and later evening hikes.

The last couple of pictures are at the Reservoir at sunrise. The reflection is BEAUTIFUL!

We are now in SPLICE (Spiritual, Personal, Lifestyles, Interpersonal, Cultural, Endurance, Enjoyment) where we are learning to dig deep into our interpersonal self as well as our relationships. What you know about yourself you can change. What you do not know controls you. Yep, a little heavy but necessary. As we head into the stress of being in the field we need to take all the knowledge and information that we can so that we can continue to serve Christ with a smile, as we have been called to do.

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35