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.”
Costa Rica // Honduras ’17 Recap
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.
Kairos’ Student Highlight – Meet Joanna Weber (Seattle)!
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.
Kairos’ Student Highlight of the Month is Mary (Minneapolis)!
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.”