Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sea Legs


Well another week has come and gone here at Qwanoes which means more learning and adventuring. In my last post I spoke about the hiking trip and Cal's Spiritual Formations course. This week the students became sailors for five days and learned to do everything from cleaning the head (bathroom) to steering the ship! It was an amazing time for the students to learn some new skills and be stretched out of their comfort zones. Here's a little glimpse of life on the ship:

Kaleo Program - S.A.L.T.S. from Viktor Karklins on Vimeo.
Photos by Viktor Karklins, www.ViktorsPictures.Blogspot.com

As you can tell the pirate's life is full of wild adventures (in between the times spent reading for the upcoming Old Testament course). When we weren't swinging on rope swings into the ocean or eating some of the most delicious food of our lives there were some more serious times on the S.A.L.T.S. ship. Each evening when the sun would fade and a chill would settle in student and crew member alike would grab an instrument and lead us in a time of worship. It was a truly unique opportunity to praise God in the belly of a 130' ship. After the music we each took turns sharing our testimonies with one another creating opportunities to get to know each other on a deeper level. Between these shared experiences and learning to live in close quarters we all came back closer than when we left. It was a blessing to watch as our students learned to lead in ways they had never led before whether it was peeling apples for apple pie or helping hoist the sails.

The closeness of the group was rather evident once we'd returned to solid ground. Those that remained for Thanksgiving weekend decided that one table was plenty for all of us; it was quite a sight to see 15 people around a table that only comfortably seats 8!

Thanksgiving was the other milestone this past week. Some students returned home while others enjoyed spending time with one another here at Qwanoes. Come Monday night all of the staff and students joined together for a Thanksgiving feast here at camp. It was a great opportunity for all of us to reflect on how much has happened so far and how much we have to be thankful for.

We would love it if you'd be in prayer for the students as they begin their Camp & Youth Ministry course today. The students have been working hard preparing for it while juggling preparation for their upcoming classes and doing post course work from Spiritual Formations. They have done a great job learning the rhythms of student life but be praying that they can continue to persevere and not put undue stress on themselves. The students will also become increasingly involved in retreats in the next few weeks so be in prayer that they can have a huge impact on the women's group this weekend as well as the other groups that will be joining us.

Thank you for your prayer and support. If you want to hear about what's going on from the students themselves you can ask them for an invite to the Online Ministry Journals they fill out every other week. This will help you keep up to date with how they are doing with their youth groups, retreats, etc.

1 comment:

Tessa said...

The 15 people table was the best part of the weekend