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.