After experiencing (and playing in) some beautiful snow over the weekend, Josh and I are rested and ready to begin a new program called SPLICE! SPLICE stands for Spiritual, Personal, Lifestyle, Interpersonal, Cultural, Endurance/Enjoyment. From what we understand, we will be learning more about ourselves in all of these areas in hopes that we will be better prepared to enter and acclimate ourselves to our new cultures. We have heard WONDERFUL things about this program and can't wait to get started.
There are 23 people in the SPLICE program and 11 of those are people who have stayed over from PILAT. It's great to be among familiar faces, but I know we will grow extremely close to the new-comers over the next three weeks. I will definitely update everyone as I find out more about what's to come!
On a side note - Josh and I attended a church this past Sunday called North Springs Alliance Church in Colorado Springs. We were invited by one of the PILAT participants who lives in the area and it was wonderful. The message was about "Viral Faith" - having a faith that is infectious and spreading it - and the pastor focused on 1 Thessalonians 1:3, "We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.". He gave the analogy of a sailing vessel and said that the "faith" in this verse would be the sails catching the wind and moving the boat, the "love" would be the hull holding everyone together, and the "hope" would be the anchor keeping the boat steady in rough waters. It touched my heart to hear the cross-reference to Hebrews 6:19 which inspired the title of our blog! We will certainly need to hold strong to that anchor of hope in order to endure the challenges that lie ahead.
We are so happy to be a part of this program as we know the Lord has placed us here for His purpose and the tools we learn here will be invaluable to us on this journey.
Love and God Bless,