Saturday, April 20, 2019

A Filled Ending

A lot has happened these last few weeks.

The students took Pauline Epistles where Brian Westnedge took them through the letters of Paul and they all throughly enjoyed his teaching. 

They wrote their exam Friday afternoon, and Friday evening they ran an event called ONE where all the youth groups in the Cowichan Valley came to together at Camp Qwanoes and the students ran the youth night. 

The next Monday we went indoor rock climbing in Victoria. Everyone had a great time and sore forearms for the next few days.

Sid Koop came back for a few days to finish up the class Camp and Youth Ministry. The students have presentations of a retreat that they had planned in groups and presented it to Sid, and the executive Director Scott Bayley, and his wife Julie, Director of Program. 

The day after their class ended, camp had a juniors retreat come in that all the students helped out with it as their last retreat of the year. 

The next few days were filled with paper writing and finishing up some assignments before we left for our final trip of the year. 

We hopped in the vans and travelled across the island to Bamfield. It is a small town down a two hour dirt road along the ocean. We had a great time and got to enjoy each other in the peacefulness of the town. 

We came back and the students crushed out on last paper. On Wednesday we hiked up Maple Mountain for our last chapel of the year being reminded of our theme, Abide, and took communion together. 

Parents began to arrive and we were in full swing with our Grad Retreat. The students were able to enjoy the last few days together as a class and had the opportunity to celebrate with their parents. 


For our students as they transition from being in this community and move into their summer plans at home, camp, working, and wherever else they might find themselves.

Thanks for all your prayer this year and for following with us!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Week 28: Crabbing & French Beach

As the weather has been significantly warmer we have been as proactive as possible to take advantage of the warmth as much as possible.

We spent a few days catching crabs off of our dock here at Camp Qwanoes anticipating a crab feast. 

We made an event of the feast on the dock enjoying the sun, and community.

With our bellies full and the beginnings of the first sunburn of the year we pulled up our crab traps and made a quick transition into getting ready to go camping at French Beach. 

We left early Thursday morning headed towards the west side of the island.  

We arrived, set up camp and headed down the path from the campsite to the beach. 

Everyone hung out at the beach soaking up as much sun as possible. We ended up playing a game, that involved everyone getting quite creative with the abundance of driftwood and creating some kind of game, structure, or fort. 

The time at the beach was so appreciated by all, it was a time for everyone to take a few days, step away from school work, and reflect on the year thus far in the beauty of creation.

We shared many laughs, played fun games, ate great food cooked over a fire, saw some beautiful sunsets, and drank some delicious coffee. 

After the camping trip, we returned to Qwanoes anticipating the next and final class before gearing up towards graduation.

Please Pray for:

Our Students as they finish class work and begin to think about the end of the year

Pray that our students continue to press into each other and their community as they finish the year.

That the students would stay open to the work that God still wants to do in them before the end of the year. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Week 26-27 Engaging the Ideas of Our World & Kayaking

Only returning from the missions trips a short time ago, the students have made some hard transitions back into everyday Kaléo life and lots happened since then.

The students had a few days to rest and recover after reuniting from their trips before they dove back into their 'Engaging the Ideas of Our World' class. Where Professor Cal Mcfarlane taught on the ideas of modernity and postmodernity and how this affects the world that we live in today along with the philosophies that people adopt.

It was fun to have a familiar face return from Briercrest as Cal Mcfarlane also taught the very first class, 'Introduction to Spiritual Theology', back in September.

Cal sparked a lot of thought among the students as they were able to recognize some of the philosophies and worldviews that they experienced through the people they met on their recent missions trips.

After finishing up a week of class we had the opportunity to welcome the Chaplin from Briercrest Campus, Cody Matchett, to come out for a few days to teach on the book of James and what the Scriptures say about becoming a follower of Jesus.

While Cody was here we were able to show him around a few of our favorite places in this beautiful province that we are located in.

We said goodbye to Cody, then got out for a day of sea kayaking. We embraced the beautiful west coast March weather and had a blast paddling around seeing some of the sea life and gaining a new perspective on the geography of the valley we live in.

We pulled off onto a beach for lunch.

With a vast spectrum of kayaking experience among our group, we had a ton of fun and were again grateful for the beautiful weather on yet another trip.

Please Pray For:

Our Students as the year comes to a close that they would press into the community around them and be attentive to how God wants to work in their lives.

Students to stay on top of their academics.

Students as they begin to think about the next steps for their lives.