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

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