I'm still over here in the Middle East having an exceptional time sharing, experiencing, and learning from a wonderful group of people.
Last night I got an interesting question in one of our sessions. A very astute gentleman was looking over the KIVU website at our statement of faith where it says, "We believe in salvation by grace and Mercy. Salvation comes through
repentance, a turning from one's own way to God's way, and accepting
Jesus Christ in both personal and community driven faith."
"Can you explain that to me?" he asked.
We weren't exactly covering a lesson on soteriology, but it was a great lead in for us to live a practical faith with one another.
"God called us to love Him, AND our neighbors. We've done well to promote the idea where a 'personal relationship' with God is a true, right, virtue. But sometimes we leave another essential piece out of faith. Jesus said the greatest commandment is the 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, to Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22)
After last night, AND an e-mail from a good friend, I started thinking about being a community of faith, a body of believers that live life with each other, I started thinking about making a place where KIVU students and parents could write their own experiences.
So we're going to start a blog a week concerned with the KIVU experience.
If you, or someone you know have been out to our place in Durango, Colorado; send me a short paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll post it here on the web. We want to celebrate our time together in conjunction with our time seeking and serving God in His creation.
Let's start a catalog of KIVU experiences, and rejoice what God is doing inside and outside of this community.
I can't wait to see what you write!!