A report from Linda Brumley on her Forgiveness Workshop:
One of the wonderful things about living in the Northwest is the close proximity to sister churches. Even a day trip or a weekend offers opportunities for fellowship with other disciples—to the north, south or east. So many wonderful spiritual bonds have been formed. Our teens have joined teens from Portland, Ashland, Boise, Missoula, Spokane, and Vancouver, BC in retreats and camps. Our singles have dated disciples from these churches and our campus students have taken road trips to fellowship with students on other campuses. We are so blessed to have such accessible friends.
I was in Portland last weekend leading a Forgiveness workshop. At the same time one of our campus women’s Bible Talks was camping out on a Portland elder’s living room floor—making memories and deepening bonds.
The workshop was well attended and enthusiastically received. Most of the workshop deals with forgiving others, but two of the sections address forgiving God and forgiving self. I only addressed these two issues briefly assuming the greater need was focused on other people. But the desire of the women there to delve more deeply into being at peace with God and themselves garnered me an invitation to return.
A return to Portland is surely no burden since it means getting more time with Steve and Lisa Johnson and Buzz and Anita Banadyga. It takes no time at all to feel like you’ve known someone forever when your hearts are united in your love for God and the people you serve. Looks like I’ll be going back in March or April.