“Are you sure it’s not a cult?” “Who are these people?” These are questions we heard from family and friends echoing our own thoughts. We were worried. We even had a “Code-phrase” in case Spencer felt trapped. But Spencer was so sure about God’s leading and having had a friendship with Brian and Jodie here in Chicago before they traveled west to accept their position, we really didn’t have much choice but to support Spencer in his decision to enroll and, of course, we never had to use that “phrase”. When you meet Joe and Anelise that glow of the Holy Spirit shines through in their smiles and you feel their passion immediately. It was truly a life-changing time for Spencer and we are so grateful that he was given this opportunity. He is now an independent and confident young man with assurance of who he is in God’s eyes. We wish each one of our five could have spent a year there. With deep love and appreciation we are truly grateful to Joe and Anelise, Brian and Jodie, and the others that invest in this program. Thanks for providing this God-honoring adventure. To any parent reading this please don’t pass up this opportunity for your child.
Parents of Spencer Lio, Class of 2013