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Our Fall 2017 semester has come to an end, and we thought it would be fun to show you what our students have been saying about Kairos during the last few months. These are quotes taken from their social media pages as well as from updates they have sent to family and friends.


“Gotta love the friends.”

“Pursuing God with this bunch has been a blessing. I can’t wait to see how God will use us throughout this year.”

“Through the time I have been at Kairos Discipleship School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I have experienced growth on tremendous levels. God has truly been doing a work in my life here. I have learned many things such as Spiritual Disciplines, Prayer, Worship, and The Heart of God. Things that I once thought I knew [have been] radically shaped through the process of humbling myself and being teachable. As I continue this year, I will be reading books authored by very influential writers in the Christ-following community. I will be memorizing scriptures and passages because this is what we believe to be beneficial in our Christ-following walk – to disciple others with biblical facts behind our beliefs as well as growing in our relationship with God.”

“God is preparing me for a job that may very well be hard and uncomfortable, but he has been preparing me and equipping me with the ability to spread the gospel no matter where I go.”

“[Having] fun with the staff and other Kairos students. We’ve been learning so much. God is truly doing some great things, being challenged daily!”

“These guys are awesome. Love spending time with Godly men like these.”

“It has been three months since I landed in Minneapolis and started my program at Kairos, I’ve already learned so much. Whether it’s in the classroom or camping out or interning at church, Kairos has taught me a lot about God and what He’s doing in my life.”

“[I have been challenged through] being actively involved in my small group, being discipled one-on-one, and the day-to-day biblical teachings. I have been challenged to live a life fully surrendered to Christ. God has been prompting me to challenge my pre-established beliefs and to seek the Bible for the original content’s meaning. Another thing that God has been teaching me is that I need to be spiritually disciplined. Through silence and solitude with God, making a habit of reading my Bible every day, and being spiritually disciplined in fitness. I have learned to use my time wisely. The question that has come with this is, “Am I using every moment of every day to build God’s Kingdom?” I recognize how great of a calling this is, and I am learning that only by God’s strength and grace can this be fully accomplished.

I cannot think of a better word [than cultivated] to describe this season of life. God is refining me to be more like him and to live in humility, servitude, and grace through this eight month gap year program of intentionally growing and getting to know God intimately as my Father. He is refining me into who he wants me to be, not who I want to be. I have been learning that I cannot just believe what people are telling me, I need to back up my beliefs with facts. Researching the history and context to interpret the original meaning behind a Biblical passage is crucial in correctly understanding God’s Word. What a beautiful place it is when I am in the hands of God as His image bearer.

I have recently learned that the steadfast love of the Lord does not grow weary which has transformed the way I view myself and the people around me. As a Kairos class, we go on bike rides together, tour the city we live in, and we live as a family together. Kairos is fun and an answer to prayer because through this school, God is changing me. I get to experience missions further, intern at a local church and pour into the people there, and I get to be used by God in ways that I never could have imagined. Through the love of the Lord, I am changing to have an eternal mindset that impacts the way I live.”


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At the end of each year, we ask our students which teachings really impacted them. One answer we hear continually is Kevin Rusack’s (founder of Kairos) talk on The Father Heart of God. This year we asked some of our students to briefly tell us what they had learned. Here are their responses.
 
“For me to say that this teaching about the Father Heart of God was good would be an understatement. The truth is that God used it to change my thoughts and beliefs about who God is as my Father. In turn, that has changed my life. I look back to see how I compared my earthly father to my Heavenly Father. Although that’s not always bad, I now realize how false of a picture that can be at times. I now view my Heavenly Father as completely different than my father on earth in many ways. He’s the perfect Father, holy, and always desiring me to draw into intimacy with him. My Father is so personal and relational with me and that is constant. He was highly intentional in choosing me to be His child. Even the simple truth of Him being inclined to me despite my unworthiness and feelings of inadequacy at times, has been a new profound reality to me. I am incredibly thankful for the impact that God made on me through the teaching of the Father Heart of God!”
 
“Before Kairos, the Father Heart of God was never something that I really thought about or understood. After learning about the Father Heart of God, my view of my Heavenly Father is so much richer than before. I understand better now how God sees us. He is inclined to us, He delights in us, He wants to spend time with us, and He likes us. God didn’t begrudgingly save me only to keep me at arm’s length, but He adopted me so that He could call me His own. He delights not because of anything that I do but because of who He is. I feel like these truths have brought me closer to God by helping me to better understand in my heart who God is and how He thinks about me. I never have to feel like I have to work for His love or fight for His attention. He is my perfect father, and He is always there for me.”
 
“The teaching on the Father Heart of God was both eye opening and rewarding As we learn God has ultimately adopted us through the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ, it paints the foundation of the biblical understanding of God’s first love. When God created Adam and Eve in Genesis, we fell short of the glory of God. We fell into an individualized mentality that subjects God’s divine will in a conniving way. What’s more fascinating about His love is His sacrificial love. He continues to pursue us in adoption. As we were deep in our sin, and we so deserved the crucifixion God said, “No I will send my son because I want you.” The Father Heart of God is the ultimate picture of God’s character. He loves us!”
 
“I realized how much God delights in me. I am fully known by Him, and He likes me! I know that He really cares about me. God will take care of me and provide what I need. Therefore, I can confidently expect the best, and I can seek and delight in Him as well. I know that His love precedes performance: I don’t need to prove anything to Him. Thus, I can choose to do things with God and not for God. The biggest take away for me would be this: ‘I know that I am loved, adopted forgiven and free, and that I have nothing else to prove.”
 
“Kevin Rusack spoke on the Father Heart of God. I took his teaching to heart. Seeing God as the Father is not my common mindset. I used to think of God as being the condescending judge that will scrutinize every action. This is a horrible representation of how the Father sees His children. When He looks at us, He doesn’t see a criminal awaiting conviction. Instead, God sees His perfect son Jesus when He gazes upon us even though we are impure. Not only does the Father love us, He likes us and enjoys us as His children. All we must do is accept His love.”


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Meet Amy-Jo!

by Nichole Anderson

Kairos’ Student Highlight of the Month is Amy-Jo (Minneapolis)!

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How did you initially hear about Kairos?
 
“I was originally a student on a Royal Servants trip and my small group leader, Hannah, was from Kairos. She was one of the first people that I met who … just this peace about her and this total trust in God, and it really inspired me [and made me think], ‘Wow I really like that. How do I get that?’ Then Kairos ended up being an option for me. God was just like, go and do Kairos.”
 
What has been the most challenging thing about Kairos this year?
 
“Throughout all of Kairos, you’re growing drastically. It’s like you are on a graph, and you are just going straight up, but then you go home [during a break], and nobody was there with you when you were growing. You go back home, and people are putting you in box because they have an idea of who you are, but you’ve changed because God has changed you, and you’ve learned more about who God is, and that has totally changed your whole outlook on life. [My challenge has been] going home and maintaining the disciplines that I’ve created here at Kairos and the relationship that I have with God and maintaining how that affects my life with others.”
 
Is Kairos worth having those challenges?
 
“Definitely worth it! I don’t want to be my old self. I want to be who God intended me to be and know more about God.”
 
What is the most important thing that you are taking away from Kairos?
 
“To constantly be in relation with God. That’s the one thing that I’m just going to hold on to for the rest of my life because without reading my Bible every day, without praying, without consulting with God, and without living life with Him, my life would be totally different, and it would not be for the better. The disciplines that are practiced and instilled in us here at Kairos are also things I want to carry with me throughout the rest of life. I’m going to keep those because I want to constantly know where God is and know where I am.”
 
What would you say to someone who is considering Kairos?
 
“Jump! Leap! Come! It doesn’t really matter if there is a fire in your way. You should just jump over the fire because if you come to Kairos you WILL grow, and you’re going to change. It’s going to be scary, and there may be people or things that will try to prevent you from coming, but your relationship with God is going to grow. Your priority is to grow in Christ. We’re called to be in relation with God, and Kairos definitely helps you figure out how to do that. And so, Come! Jump! Leap!”


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Meet Faith

by Nichole Anderson

Kairos’ Student Highlight of the Month is Faith (Minneapolis)!

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What has been the most beneficial part of Kairos this school year?
 
“Figuring out who I am. Talking about identity and who I am in Christ has been very impactful for me. I would say that the speakers coming made a huge impact for that. They all talked about different things like my destiny, the Father Heart of God, or just figuring out your strengths and your spiritual gifts. It all ties in to who you are in Christ. I think that’s been the most beneficial part so far for me.”
 
Where do you feel God leading you next?
 
“Right now I am pretty sure that He has been telling me that I need to go to Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota for the next 3 years and major in who knows what right now. I have pretty good peace about that, but I am open to change. Where ever He wants me to go, I’ll go. Whatever He wants me to do, I’ll do. Ultimately, my future is depending on me listening to God’s call for where I’m supposed to go.”
 
What do you want to tell those considering Kairos?
 
“Do it. Without any hesitation, go for it. Just apply. If you get accepted, go. Unless God is telling you specifically no, just do it because I was one of those kids that didn’t want to go. I went because my parents wanted me to go and because I could feel God calling me there, but I still was uneasy about it. After spending almost 5-6 months here, however, it has been the most influential thing in my entire life and figuring out my faith with God and my spiritual walk with Him. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t come to Kairos. Why wouldn’t you want to spend a year just growing in who you are in the Lord and your relationship with Him? It’s time that you just get to spend with our Father who is our best friend, our Lord, and our Savior – our everything. Why wouldn’t you want that? I’d say just go for it. It’s worth every single second being here.”


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