Welcome to this year's Kaléo Program Blog! This is a great place to get the latest on what the students are up to and what's been happening in the Kaléo Program. Visit the program website: www.kaleo.ca.(A Leadership Program of Camp Qwanoes & Briercrest)
Sunday, October 2, 2016
The First Days of The Kaléo Program
Wow time has flown by!! A mere two weeks ago these students were all
trickling in, not knowing what to think about this huge change in their lives.
Now they are becoming friends and growing closer together.
The first few days consisted of the students getting used to their new home and
learning the ins and outs of this program.During orientation, the
students got to meet the pastors of local churches where they will be serving this
year! There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for this amazing
opportunity to serve God and His people.
After orientation week, the students got to experience their first
out trip - a three day backpacking trip to summit of Mt. Albert-Edwards! The trip totaled a 2100 metre elevation change and 35 plus kilometres walk. Many of the
students had the chance to experience a tough physical challenge and to
grow closer to God. It was absolutely incredible to see all these young adults building one another up and helping each other out along the way. God is working in awe-some ways among the group, calling them higher and higher. Each one is responding to the
call and striving to be a better son or daughter of God.
(Photo Credit: Kyle Bauman)
(Photo Credit: Geoff Delorme)
Not too long after arriving back at camp, the first class began. Although they knew that they were going to be challenged and stretched in "Introduction to Spiritual Theology", the students were excited to dive into the material! Here are the words of one of the students, Carlene, about her first class experience.
"This week our course was “Intro to Spiritual Theology” taught by Rev.
Dr. Cal MacFarlane. It was a whirlwind of information to learn within five
days, but Cal had a way of breaking it down and making it easy to understand.
The material covered required us to be quite introspective, which made this
course more personally and spiritually challenging and not as much academically
demanding - although we did memorize fifty verses!
We primarily focused on learning
the foundational realities of God’s love for us, and who we truly are in that
love. Throughout the week, these realities were backed up with practices of
spiritual disciplines to press into the truths, as well as questions we could
ask to gauge our consistency to these practices. In addition to daily personal
exercises, we participated in a 24 hour fast in solitude and silence around the
camp, and were able to experience waiting on the Lord for a longer, more
concentrated period of time. “Intro to Spiritual Theology” was more than just a
fantastic course to kick off the academic portion of the Kaléo program, but a
great way to focus our minds and hearts for the year ahead!" - Carlene
(Photo Credit: Kyle Bauman)
As the students take to the sea this next week, please be praying for safety. We are all ecstatic for the upcoming adventure and cannot wait to see how God shapes and molds these Kingdom Builders in the coming weeks. God bless. - Isaiah Moffatt (Kaléo Program Intern)