Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring in depth the intersection of our gifts and the needs of the world. As Frederick Buechner said, “vocation is the places where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need”.
We began with a day-long workshop on Spiritual Gifts. This gave us time to learn about different gifts, as well as beginning to identify which gifts we may have. Time to meet one-on-one with an experienced spiritual adviser was valuable in understanding how God may be working through us.
We identified a gift to “practice” using during the week and this “gift experiment” gave us the opportunity to intentionally put into practice our learning.
Then, this weekend we enjoyed a wonderful weekend retreat on Whidbey Island. Exploring our personal strengths, gifts given by God, and the needs of NPH and the world; we began work on our culminating projects. The hope is that these projects will allow us to share what we have learned this year in Seattle with our brothers and sisters at home. We will spend the next few months working on these projects and gathering the necessary resources.
It has been an exciting and hopeful process to discover our passions, gifts, and consider how to use them to bless others.