Friday, March 27, 2020

Week 28: Wrapping Up

After our crabbing adventure, we stepped into a bit of a whirlwind of a week. Gearing up for our French Beach camping trip on Wednesday things across the country began to shift very quickly, which meant that things for us were about to look very different.

We went into the weekend given the government making the statement of no gatherings of 250 people or more due to the COVID-19 outbreak we decided not to send students to church on Sunday. Hoping this would soon pass we carried on beginning our week as normal, prepping for our camping trip coming up. 

We quickly saw that things were shifting across Canada faster than we had anticipated. When British Columbia declared no gatherings over 50 people on top of the action that most post-secondary institutes were taking, we knew we had to take some form of action. 

After much thought about the safety of our students and what the government was recommending, we had to make the unfortunate decision to wrap up Kaléo 2020 as we knew it this week. While the Kaléo program has concluded for this year, students are continuing to wrap up their Pauline Epistles and Camp & Youth Ministry classes online with their professors. 

So with the help of the staff here at Qwanoes, we quickly put together a banquet celebration. It was a fast turn around but we had to make things happen quickly because many of our students decided to go home before the weekend came. 

After the banquet, we all hung out together as one big group and shared memories, things we had learned, and ways we saw God move throughout the year. 

Then Friday morning we wrapped up our time together with one last chapel from Korey. He reminded everyone of the theme that we have tried so hard to embrace this year, 'The Way of Jesus'. He encouraged everyone to continue to pursue the way of Jesus even as life unfolds in ways that we never expected. 

This year we saw the students press hard into community. All year long learning what it means to love God and love others while learning about the Way of Jesus. The ways we were able to see our students embody that over the past 7 months has been really amazing to be a part of. We have had so much fun sharing so many different experiences with our students this year, and we are very thankful for the time we had them. We are so proud of them for the way that they pressed into the Kaléo program pursuing growth and discovering the way of Jesus together.

Please Pray For:

- our students as they reintegrate back into their home life and church communities
- our students to continue to discover what the Way of Jesus looks like in their lives outside the Kaléo program
- our students to continue to invite the people they find themselves with into the Way of Jesus with them

Monday, March 23, 2020

Week 27: Crabbing

After a week of class, we had some nice weather for us to be able to do some crabbing off our dock here at Qwanoes anticipating a crab feast at the end of the week. 

With an exam Monday afternoon we took a quick study break in the morning and we all went down to the dock to learn how to set the traps, replenish the bait, identify the crabs that we can keep and the ones to throw back into the water. 

Everyone was separated into teams and the teams were put into time slots to go and check the traps and replenish the bait. This way, everyone had a chance to pull up the traps and handle the crabs over the course of our crabbing days. 

We put the exam behind us and began to focus on crabbing and homework for the upcoming class. 

The first day we only pulled up a couple crabs. and the second morning and afternoon only a few more. We were not quite sure why we were not pulling up more crabs and we began to ask ourselves; do the crabs just not like our bait? are they escaping from the traps? are there just not many active crabs this year? So Tuesday afternoon we added a few things to our bait and sure enough that night when we checked the traps, we pulled up many more. Our total number of crabs doubled and tripled very quickly and with our crab cooking in sight, it began to look less like a snack and more like a feast.

Wednesday, we had another day pulling up crabs having a blast in the nice weather while picking away at some homework.

Thursday was the day of the feast, we pulled up our last trap and had collected enough crabs for everybody to have their own crab and then have some leftover. 

We gathered around a fire at the beach and learned how to break open the crabs to get at the meat. Then we cooked them up, dipped them in butter and had a blast snacking on crab and hanging out around the fire for the afternoon. 

We had an absolute blast crabbing and spending that time together. Since then, we have had a whirlwind of a time with the rising outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada and the world, so stay tuned for a blog post later this week for an update on how we have responded here at Camp Qwanoes with the Kaléo program in the midst of this global pandemic. 

Please pray for:
- Our students to continue to press into what God has for them in their lives. 
- Our students to continue to stay on top of their academics and that they would allow God to speak to them through what they are learning. 
- Our students to be a light to those around them during a fearful time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Week 26: Interdisciplinary Studies

We arrived back from our mission trips and celebrated our teams reuniting once again, everyone quickly reintegrating with each other eager to hear about one another's trips.

For the days following the trips, we went through some debrief with the students to help them process what they had experienced, asking questions like; What was hard? How did you see God move? How does this experience change the way you walk in your life now? The goal was to have intentional time to reflect on and acknowledge what had just happened and allow that experience the shape who they are becoming.

We had a time where the students prepared a presentation of photos and information from their trips that they presented in front of the staff here at Camp Qwanoes. This was an amazing opportunity for the staff who have been praying for and supporting the students to hear in detail some of the things that happened on their trips.

At the end of the week, we quickly transitioned from mission trips into class mode. Monday morning we welcomed back our first prof of the year Cal McFarlane to teach Interdisciplinary Studies.

Throughout the week students learned about philosophy, dealing with terms like modernism and postmodernism in relation to identifying different eras of time that have shaped the world and culture we live in today ultimately affecting the lense in which we view our relationship with Jesus and understanding of who God is.

This class has been one of the more challenging classes academically and is pushing the students to think deeply about the things that they have been learning all year and understand the root of some of the concepts they have been wrestling with.

We are proud of our students as they continue to push hard into their academics even as the end of the year is coming into sight, but we are anticipating God doing and teaching us all so much more as we continue to press into the next month and a half together.

Please Pray For:
Students to continue to be open to seeing the ways in which God wants to use them for the remainder of the year.

Students to press into community with one another as the end of the year approaches quickly.

Students to continue to learn what living in The Way of Jesus means practically for them.