I’ve been desiring and cultivating the contemplative side of my spirituality for a few years now. The other day, our mission director at Beautiful Feet, told me he was going to take a course on spiritual direction and invited me to join him. He came across the class late, so we had to just jump right in. I’m very excited to see what will come of this. I’m already beginning to feel rejuvenated with this fresh breeze that has blown into my life. Here’s a synopsis of what we’ll be doing from September into May:
Students meet weekly in a Christian meditation and prayer group practicing various styles of prayer together. They also meet monthly for spiritual direction with a HeartPaths leader. Students read and discuss key books in the field of spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines and prayer. They also write periodic reflection papers and prepare and present a closing project to demonstrate proficiency in organizing and leading a prayer workshop. www.heartpathsokc.com/#!training-programs/c24jx
The purpose for me to undergo this training is two-fold. First, this is part of what I do as a mobilizer for Beautiful Feet. My job has many varying tasks, but the main focus is people and is therefore extremely pastoral in nature, especially when you include our volunteer work ministering to the Valley Brook community at Joe’s Addiction. The second is personal. I have a very strong pull towards finding deep, lasting intimacy with Jesus and long for the unshakable serenity that results, but this has been somewhat elusive to me as yet. If you’re terribly curious why I would go this specific direction to find intimacy with Jesus, read a super-long story about why/how contemplative prayer has become an integral part of my life.
This accredited training program will take three years to complete. The first year is spent in Spiritual Formation, the next in The Spiritual Excercises of St. Igantius and finally, a Practicum.
Our funding level still isn’t quite where we need it to be. It covers our bills, but isn’t able to pay for this training or the necessary travel that we do for Beautiful Feet. Our kids and vehicles are getting older, our ministry is expanding and our income is simply not yet up to the task. Would you be able to either give one-time or begin regular, tax-deductible giving to our ministry?