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The Wonderful Wilderness of Wyoming

“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Many people have asked what will students learn from being in the woods for so long? And I say the wilderness can be a transformative place. When you take a group of intentional students and instructors into the woods to live, survive, and learn for more than ten days — our real selves come to the surface.  When we live deliberately and long to live deeply the holy spirit is at work.

In the midst of teaching survival skills we are truly teaching what it means to care for one another, to be aware of our surroundings. We are playing in God’s creation and learning about what He is doing in each participants life, but also our own. Someone said that when she spends this long in the wilderness there is vulnerability, there are truths that come out, and layers that get striped. For this I am nervous.

Please pray for our journey into the wild wilderness of Wyoming. For we have a diverse group of students and leaders, these dynamics can push us forward or knock us on our knees — maybe all of the above.  For six weeks we will be in the Wind River Range of Wyoming (I, for only three)…breathing in the landscape, learning to live, and teaching students to dig deeper and gain some signifant skills.

Thank you for being such a huge part of our lives, for giving, praying, and seeking the Lord’s will. Please keep us in your prayers — for safety, discernment, and that our eyes would see what the Lord sees — that we would be able to breathe in His shalom and thirst for more.

Thank you and we can’t wait to update you, upon our return!

**Recieve e-mail updates of our journey: http://www.ccojubilee.org/ldw_live/

(art work: http://www.makotofujimura.com/works/images-of-grace/)

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Today is God

Today is God

In the beginning was God,
Today is God,
Tomorrow will be God.
Who can make an image of God?
He has no body.
He is the word which comes out of your mouth.
That word! It is nor more,
It is past, and still lives!
So is God.

(Pygmy)

Desmond Tutu
An African Prayer Book

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Those Five Things…

Pictures like this cause me to take a deep breath and relax. Maybe it is the colors and cartoon look — however I think it stirs creativity in me and imagination. Just recently James asked me to answer three questions for one of his classes.

1.  What are the FIVE most important things in your life? Please try to use broad categories and list elements of them.  For example, if your mother, father, and hamster are the most important, say “family” or “loved ones” and list them as subheadings.  Try to think of things that matter in YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE that you wouldn’t want to lose.  They do have to be substantial.  Your religion or God may one.

2.  For each of these:
a.  How do you know it is real?

b.  What might threaten it or take it away?

What would you answer? After some time I was able to create five important things, I am sure if I thought longer and harder… they might change. However I felt pretty solid in my answers. I reflect on this piece of work because it has captured my imagination…and imagination is one of those five things. For me child-likeness carries a lot of value and weight. So as the school year comes to a close, I have really enjoyed answering these three questions. They have stirred reflection and understanding.I am so thankful for the ‘comforts’ in my life, yet most importantly for my family, essentials, community, imagination and most importantly God.

What are the five most important things in your life?

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