Costa Rica // Honduras ’17 Recap

by Corin Mchargue

Here is a little peek into what Kairos Seattle did on their trip to Costa Rica as well as what Kairos Minneapolis did on their trip to Honduras.
 

 


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Meet Joanna!

by Corin Mchargue

Kairos’ Student Highlight – Meet Joanna Weber (Seattle)!

Meet Jo Jo

Why Kairos? Why dedicate an 8-month season of your life to doing Kairos?

I didn’t want to be stuck in a place where I wasn’t growing. I knew something had to change. I wanted to have my foundation with God grow deeper before potentially pursuing any further education.

 

What has been your favorite aspect of Kairos?

The community. It’s been a really sweet season of “growing up” with my friends here! Also, our camping trips are always a great time.

 

What has God taught you about community through Kairos?

It’s hard, but always worth it. It has been such a joy spending these past months with my kairos family. Seeing how God has changed and grown us since September has been really cool.

 

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you choose to be, and why?

Definitely Jimmy Fallon. He’s such a class act and has a beautiful child like spirit.

 

Where is your favorite place in the world, and why?

My friend’s kitchen. It’s where all the conversations happen over coffee and a beautiful place of community. Also Leavenworth, WA. It’s gorgeous, in the mountains, and I have a lot of fun memories there.


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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 Seattle Mission Update

by Brian Meaden

It’s Saturday and we are currently in the midst of work projects and planning for a VBS program taking place this afternoon. The flights from Seattle to Atlanta, and then Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica were fairly uneventful and smooth. We didn’t get much sleep the first couple of days, but we are now feeling a bit more rejuvenated. That’s right, mom and dad, we’re doing great! 😉
 
Yesterday we spent the day engaging with elementary-aged students at a nearby school. Teachers welcomed us into their classrooms for a time of songs, skits, games, and the sharing of testimonies. Our team was received well. Having Americans spend time is these parts of the country provides both a shocking and exciting change for the local Ticos and Ticas. As we do our best to communicate their value and worth, they have certainly been showing us how special we are. It’s been a beautiful exchange. At the end of our school program, we invited all the kids to the more formal VBS program taking place today! These programs provide awesome opportunities for us to establish relationships, provide encourage, and share God’s sacrificial love with the children of Caribe.
 


 
Tomorrow, we look forward to hosting a volleyball tournament with the local high schoolers. At various points this week we’ll use volleyball and other activities as a point of connection through which we can share the hope we have in Christ. When we’re not building relationships we are working hard cleaning, building, welding, and painting at the local church. As I type this, we are putting up beams as support for a ceiling!
 
Bottom line: Our ministry partners are incredible, love is being made manifest,
and the team is demonstrating a good, consistent attitude of positivity.
 
Pura Vida!


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