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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Kairos L.A. Mission Trip Recap

by Marissa Jestice

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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Kairos – Honduras Update

by Devon Harris

Kairos Minneapolis – Honduras Update
 
After we arrived in Honduras Monday afternoon we had planned to spend the rest of the day traveling to our location with Mercy International. However, our vehicle broke down, so we spent Monday evening at a hotel in San Pedro Sula. On Tuesday we were able to get the van fixed and traveled to Yamaranguila. That next day we were able to partake in a prayer walk around this village and spent time engaging the people we came in contact with.
 
Our students shared the Gospel with many of them. One highlight was Mary, Brice, and Sam sharing the Gospel with several high school guys. These boys were very engaged and responsive.
 
Later that afternoon we played soccer with the neighborhood kids, and Faith shared her story and presented the Gospel. This generated great conversations afterwards.
 
On Thursday we spent the day at an orphanage for girls. They have about 35 girls there. In the morning while the girls were at school, we were able to work on some construction projects around the facility. We dug out a septic hole, transported dirt into one of the houses that was being built, and dug out trenches.
In the afternoon, when the girls returned from school, we played games, danced together, and Mary and Lexi shared their stories. It was a day full of joy and hard work.
 
On Friday we were able to teach a couple of VBS lessons.Today the team is traveling to the mountains, which means we will be out of contact for over a week as there is no internet in such a remote area. While in the mountains, we will be leading church services, teaching a workshop on worship and prayer, doing construction, and running a Vacation Bible School. The villages we are staying at have seen God work in amazing ways over the last several years. When Kairos first started going we were not welcome and yet now we are leading church services and worshiping beside our brothers and sisters in Christ!


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Meet Emma

by Marissa Jestice

Kairos’ Student Highlight – Meet Emma Palmbach (Seattle)!

 
Who is my Favorite superhero and why? Emma-highlight
 
My favorite superhero is the Flash. Although Jay Garrick and Barry Allen are cool, my favorite incarnation of the Flash is Wally West. I have always like the Flash because he has a super awesome power, I mean, who doesn’t want to run really really fast? I also love the way that he stays true to himself and continues to be optimistic and light hearted even though he is surrounded by people like Batman and Superman who take things very seriously.
 
What is my favorite memory from first semester?
 
It is difficult to pick a favorite memory, I have had so many amazing and crazy adventures! One that sticks out to me was my last climb during Rock Climbing trip. I remember looking up at what seemed to be a sheer cliff face and thinking “I can’t do this” but, I tried anyway. My goal was just to make the halfway point. I remember my Kairos class cheering me on and encouraging me to keep going. After what seemed like hours of climbing I made it to the top. I remember how amazing it felt to make it to the top, but also to know that I had a group of people who supported and celebrated me.
 
What am I currently looking forward to this semester?
 
I am really looking forward to the mission trip to Costa Rica. I am excited to see all the wildlife, try the delicious food, enjoy the warmer weather, and most of all I am super excited to be involved in the ministry that we will be doing there. I think that it is going to be a time of growth in my relationship with God and my Kairos class. I know that we will experience many crazy adventures together and I can’t wait!
 
What is one thing that I have learned, or one way that I have changed during my time at Kairos?
 
Something that I have learned over the last few months is what it looks like to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is not something that comes naturally to me and it makes me kinda uncomfortable, but through teachings that we have had and books that I read I now understand what it means to be vulnerable to others. I am still working on being more vulnerable with the people in my life, and I still have a lot to work on, but God has been faithful in leading me through this process and I cannot wait to see where He will bring me next.


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