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What are people saying about Kairos this semester? Check out these posts from social media!
 
My heart is full! Thank you Jesus for the sweet friends you’ve provided and how you are shaping and molding me more and more like you!
 
God has been showing me this past month that HE is my true source of joy. No worldly activity can bring me as much joy as being in fellowship with Him. Kairos has given me the space and time to connect with God and pursue Him fully.
 


I have sure loved getting to know these people and Jesus more these past few weeks! God has been so faithful to me and has really reinforced that fact that my identity lies in Christ alone.
 
God has been moving so tangibly around me. Calling me to dance in the deep and step out in faith. Showing me that He cares too much about me to let me stay in the shallow end of His love. I constantly struggle with believing His plans for me are best. He constantly challenges me to trust in His perfect goodness. Which brings me to Psalm 34:4-5, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.” In all my fears, I choose to believe He is there. I choose to believe His ways are higher than my ways. Even when my eyes can’t see, I will trust the voice that speaks.
 
Praise God for incredible new friends to love deeply and to laugh loudly with.
 
My smile keeps getting bigger every day. Thanks Jesus.
 

“At the foot of the cross, the ground is level.” I heard this saying in class on Tuesday… this means a lot to me. God has the authority and power to use anyone He chooses. Ruth got a whole stinking book in the Bible, and she wasn’t even a Christian until God decided to use her, and He changed her heart. It’s incredible what can be accomplished when we say “yes” to God. There are parts of myself that make me feel “less than” and unlikely to be used by God, but it’s always the unlikely that He uses. The weaker I get, the stronger I become because of Christ. At the foot of the cross, the ground is level – I need to only say “yes” to Jesus when He calls my name.
 
It blows my mind how different each of us are, and how unique our stories have been, but God did a good thing bringing us together. We might not understand it, but you know, God knows … Thanks for making me laugh harder than I ever thought possible … Thanks for being such amazing friends.
 
What can I even say? Walking through life with these girls has taught me about the gift of openness and vulnerability. They are each unique and beautiful image bearers of Christ, and they carry with them their own personal stories of God’s goodness in their lives. I am blessed beyond measure by each of them and the life they bring to my life.
 


We are wrapping up week two of Kairos with a trip to the North Shore to teach on Spiritual Disciplines. Learning, growing, and laughing so much already, and we still have 7 ½ months left together!
 
And this is why I was brought across the country – to be enfolded in unfailing love and to be given unbridled joy. This is where I’m most myself. This is life with Jesus.
 
God has done this really cool thing where He’s allowing me to watch and learn from these girls this year as they pursue Him. Each of them wears vulnerability, grace, compassion, and love with immense strength – even as some struggle with anxiety and hard decisions. They rock. I’m so grateful I get to be a part of this small group and learn more and more about Jesus through the ladies He surrounds me with. Gosh, this life is the good life.
 
Life has changed so drastically, and I couldn’t be more joyful about where God’s taken me … Lives are changing, the kingdom is growing, and God is showing up. What a beautiful way to spend my life.


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Our time in Honduras was incredible! We flew in on the 12th of February and spent our first five days at the headquarters of Mercy International in Yamaranguila, a small town in the mountains of Honduras. While there, we were able to play with the local kids at the town park and share a few testimonies of how God’s love has completely changed our lives. We also spent a day at an orphanage. While we were there, we helped them dig a trench for electrical wire that will power a new house for more girls.
 


On Friday the 16th, we hiked further up into the mountains to reach remote villages. We stayed up there until the 24th. While in the Opolaca Mountains, our students gave a seminar on “Serving in the Community and Church.” After the seminar, we had a work project collecting stones from a river bed so that the locals could begin building a retaining wall to keep erosion at a minimum around the church. After that, we helped level the ground where they are going to pour a porch floor and put in some bathrooms for a church being built in Santa Maria. We also dug out the side of the mountain to create more room for future projects.
 
On Friday, February 23rd, we concluded our time in Santa Maria by leading the inaugural church service where our students shared testimonies and preached. There was a fantastic turn out, and God moved powerfully in the service! We were honored and thankful to be part of what God is doing in this region of the world!
 
 
By Devon Harris
Kairos Minneapolis School Leader


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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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Painting as a Form of Worship

Take a moment with me.
Sit back a second and reflect on the character of God.
Consider who He is; what He has done.
Ponder His love for you.
Now answer this question, “What does that look like?” Not in words, rather in a picture.
What does He LOOK like?

Worship is the feeling or expression of adoration and reverence to God. These feelings or expressions can come out in many different ways. Most often we see it in words through song in church on Sunday morning. Worship is also mentioned in the Bible through bowing, shouting, dancing, and playing musical instruments.

One of the ways that I choose to worship is through art. The very first sentence in the Bible is, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God is the ultimate creator; the original artist. And we, the culmination of creation. We not only see the beauty of His creation all around us, but we see it in His word. Just read the detailed instructions for the tabernacle, the place God would dwell with the Israelites (Exodus 25-27). It was ornate and majestic.

When I use art to worship, I first spend time in prayer and in the Word. I contemplate the things He is showing me; the truths I am learning and living in. And then I turn those thoughts and emotions into colors and pictures. Sometimes my paintings are of specific things (I paint a lot of trees), but a lot of time it is abstract colors and shapes. Regardless of what ends up coming out on the canvas (He’s not expecting you to recreate the tabernacle), the important part is the process. It’s about the time spent with your heart turned towards the Lord, loving Him, worshiping Him.

“Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among the people. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise … the Lord made the heavens.” 1 Chronicles 16: 24-26


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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 Nate!

by Grace Horst

Kairos’ Student Highlight – Meet Nate (Minneapolis)!


 
What is one way you’ve seen yourself change this past year at Kairos?
 
“One way I’ve really changed is maturing in my faith and really being a better leader. I feel like I’ve been led well here at Kairos, and I feel like I’m better equipped now to lead others.”
 
What is one thing that has helped in your leadership development?
 
“One thing was the Boundary Waters trip that we just got back from. That really helped me see what a leader has to do, how they prepare things, etc.. I feel like after that trip I gained a ton of respect for leaders that are leading me – seeing all the behind the scenes stuff of what happens. I appreciate and respect them much more now that I’ve seen all that they do.”
 
What has been the primary theme of what God has been teaching you this year?
 
“Something I’ve really learned is how we have to have our desires after God. We can’t live our faith without Him. We can’t try to do it on our own. We have to truly just want God more than the things of the world to be able to live out our faith. With the things that our sinful nature wants, we really have to want God more than those things. I’ve been convicted with that more this year than I ever have. Am I loving God more than the things of the world? So, that’s something I’m really going to take away from this year.”
 
Now that you are about to graduate, what are you most looking forward to outside of Kairos?
 
“[I’m] looking to disciple. I feel like I’ve been discipled through this whole season. I just feel like discipling others is something I’m really excited for – just being able to use what I’ve learned to be able to teach others. One of the scripture verses talks about now that you’ve heard all the teachings, now go out and teach others what God has already commanded us. That’s something that has just really stuck with me, and I think I will really take away from the year as well.”


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Meet Mary!

by Travis Carr

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

Meet Mary (3)
 
Are you glad you took this year to be a part of Kairos?
 
“Yes. There were three things that I wanted when I was deciding what to do with my next few years. That was to grow deeper in my relationship with God, to learn and know more about the Bible, and to travel. I think God took those wants, and said, ‘You need to be here.’ He’s taught me even more about what I actually needed this year. Not only those three things but also how to have a deeper more meaningful community. I’ve had it before, but it took a lot more work and years to develop. Even then, it was never really perfect. I think He has taught me more about myself and how I need to grow spiritually and not necessarily in the ways that I thought I needed to.”
 
What is a memorable teaching or experience that God has used in your life this year?
 
“Nate Kemper’s teaching on the Old Testament has been foundational for the rest of the teachings and how much I’ve learned. I knew the Old Testament and yet not really at the same time. There’s so much more history and back story to it that I had never been interested in until learning about it.”
 
What do you think someone considering Kairos needs to know?
 
“Come into Kairos with expectations of what you want to learn and what you want God to teach you, but at the same time, allow Him to change that thought and what He’s actually going to teach you. At the beginning of the year I was so wrapped up with what I wanted to learn and wanted to do, and God was like, ‘No, you actually need to learn more about this, about yourself, and where you need to grow in your relationships with people — how you communicate with them rather than just traveling to foreign countries.’ Yes, that’s great, and I love other cultures, but you can learn that at any time and still not hone in on what God actually wants to teach you. Just be open to Him.”
 


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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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Kairos Minneapolis and Kairos Seattle teamed up in Los Angeles, California for an inner-city mission trip last month! They partnered with remarkable organizations such as, L.A. Regional Food Bank, Union Rescue Mission, Midnight Mission, Compton Initiative, and Dream Center, to further usher in a presence of light and life. Students learned practical ways to engage with and serve, the homeless in their respective communities!

Check out what they did >>


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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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