Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Graduation 2018


Just 3 weeks ago now the students officially completed their time at qwanoes as students in the Kaléo program. To start the graduation weekend off we hiked up maple mountain located right next to camp. After a short hike up the mountain we had our last chapel. This was a special time for so many students as they looked forward to how God is going to use them in light of how he has been at work in all of their lives thus far.


The next thing that happened this weekend was a time of getting to know everyones family up in club coco. The next day the skyscraper was open and the students and their families had a chance to experience some of the amazing activities camp has to offer.


Then finally that Saturday afternoon was our Grad ceremony. During this time of celebration we got to here from a few different people including Dan Gabor a representative from Briercrest, Chris Clarke who is a Pastor at one of the local churches in Duncan and our very own Landon Miller this years valedictorian. 


We also presented awards to our five award winners. Those who excelled in one of the specific components of the program. Kaitlyn Willems - Community, Tyler Weatherly - leadership, Julia Hood - Adventure, Teagan Lee - Academics and Christy Van Hoeve - Ministry.  


At the start of the year the students received a Root Beer and Cream Soda labelled first day and graduation. One of the last memorable moments of the weekend was being able to celebrate completing the program by opening up their graduation Root Beer or Cream Soda together. 

Continue to Pray


Please continue to pray for our students with whatever life has in store for them in the future. Pray for them this summer as many of are serving in either church or camp ministry and for those who are already started into summer jobs. Pray that they would continually trust God with their lives and that they would have confidence with wherever He directs them.



Check out this video as look back on the year, put together by our very own student Julia Hood

Monday, April 30, 2018

Closing Retreat


The last big out trip of our year was the Closing retreat. So on the Monday before Grad we loaded up our vans and headed up north of the Island to a familiar place, Mt. Washington. Our first stop on the way to our lodge was at Elk Falls.


Here there was a beautiful short little hike which lead us to a absolutely magnificent waterfall. The force of the rushing water was at the same time both frightening and beautiful. Across from the waterfall was a long suspension bridge and a metal walk way which lead to a look out of the waterfall. As the students crossed over from the stairs to the platform and across the bridge they were remembering all the different point in the year along the way. Remembering what God has done in all of their lives in this past year up to that point.


After this stop we went up to the lodge where we spent the rest of the next two days. Over these two days there was a lot of time spent just hanging out as a group, playing games and enjoying one another's company.


Pray

You can be praying for our students as it has been a little over a week and a half since they left camp. Pray for them as they begin to miss one another's close company and the encouragements they were to one another in the faith. Pray that in this new season that in whatever they are doing they would find their way and continue to stay in contact with one another and build each other up. Also pray that they would be able to build new communities wherever they are like the community they experienced out here. 

Friday, April 6, 2018


This last week we were at camping at French Beach which is located on the South-West end of the Island. We spent two nights there and marvelled at the beautiful scenery while doing some activities to take in Creation.


The first activity that we did as a group was a team building project. The students were divided into four groups and challenged to build something out of only the drift wood and other items they found on the beach. They then presented their masterpieces through a creative story or explanation.



On the second day of camping we drove ten kilometres down the road and hiked into Mystic Beach, which is known for its massive boulders and a waterfalls. When we arrived we started a campfire and roasted hot dogs for lunch along with chili, sautéed mushrooms, onions and most importantly... avocados! 



On Easter Monday, the students also had the opportunity to go on a small hike to Christie Falls near Ladysmith. 




This past week they were in the second half of their Camp and Youth Ministry class with Sid Koop, MA. This is their very last Class of the year and it was a very good class to end with as we go into the juniors retreat which all the students are going to be serving at, and is also good class to end with for many students who are looking forward to serving at camps this summer. 



Up Next and How You Can Be Praying

Pray that the students finish well as the program is coming to a close. Next week we have the our Closing Retreat (the last out-trip of the year) and then it is the Graduation weekend. Pray that they would be able to take in as much as they can while they are still within this community. Pray that they would be able to persevere and give it all as they wrap up their last assignments of the year. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018


The students are currently wrapping up their second last course of the year! In this past week they have enjoyed learning all about Paul and his letters through the guidance of Brian Westnedge, M.A., in their Pauline Epistles class. 


"Learning about Paul and the 1st century context from which he wrote has shown me even more deep and real aspects of my faith in the 21st century" - Josh Blanchette


Also on the Thursday before, we ripped up to Victoria to spend a morning sea kayaking! We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day to enjoy a nice two hour journey up and down the Victoria Harbour. 


Up Next and How You Can Be Praying

Next week we will be camping on Juan De Fuca straight at French Beach. Pray that we would have good weather and safe travels. Pray that beach camping would be a special time together for the students as this is the second last out-trip. Also continue to pray for the students in their studies as they are still finishing up assignments from previous classes. Pray that in this, God would give them a spirit of perseverance and discipline. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

In the past week and a half the students alongside with preparations for their Pauline Epistles class have had a few mini adventures including: Cabbing, Rock Climbing and Curling. Starting on the Monday before last we dropped our Crab traps into the water to see what we would catch.

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

Over the next three days three teams of students checked the traps throughout the day and took care of the crabs that we had caught. By the end of the three days we had caught a ton of Crabs with enough Crabs to eat for all the students and staff who wanted some. We cooked up the crabs right on the beach and enjoyed the riches of fresh west coast crab. 

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

(Photo by Mark Jobst) 

'It was kinda sad that we could still identify which crabs we had named and such after they had been cooked... but they tasted great.' 'What the Crab' - Teagan and Julia

 (Photo by Mark Jobst)

On the Friday we want to the Romper Room in Nanaimo for some Rock climbing and bouldering. 



Even though Rock climbing is one of our shorter adventures it was a super fun activity which pushed us to our limits, and helped a lot of us reveal some muscles that we never really use in our day to day. 


On Tuesday we had the great privilege of going to Duncan where we learned the basics of curling and by the end of the morning were broken off into teams and played a couple of matches.




Up Next and How You Can Be Praying

Up next the students are Kayaking this thursday and are going into their Pauline Epistles Class with Brian Westnedge next week. You can be praying the students that they would have the perseverance to finish off all their work to the best of their abilities, and that they would be blessed as they continue to serve in each of their respective church ministries. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

In the Past Weeks the students have returned from missions trips and went into their Interdisciplinary studies class with Grant Poettcker, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary studies was a heavy class in understanding the ideas and philosophies that have shaped the our world view, however many of the students found it quite beneficial to be forced to think in new ways about their way of how the view the world around them. 

"Interdisciplinary studies was one of our most difficult classes, however Grant was so gracious and intentional in the way he taught that it made a lot of these hard concepts and philosophies very engaging" - Bennet Schulz 

Mexico

(Photo by Joel Cross)

The Mexico missions trip was based out of town called El Papolote which is where a bible school and Church is located, associated with Northern Lights Ministries (the organization which we were partnering with). Our main ministry was building adding the floor to the second story of what is going to be a two story classroom. 

(Photo by Kaitlyn Willems)

This ministry opportunity which was supposed to take up to seven days to accomplish ended up only taking about 4 days for us to accomplish so we also got the opportunity to drywall the ceiling of a Church in Benito Garcia which is Just down the road from El Papolote. 

(Photo by Joel Cross)

Along with the building project we also put some other ministry events including an evening youth event where we had a fire and hot dogs and played soccer and a message was given by one of the local Pastors. We also put on two children's events with crafts and games and valentines day event where made cake and just had people from the community in. 

(Photo by Kaitlyn Willems)

Another impactful ministry opportunity we had was to bring a bag beans water and rice to those who lived in the garbage dump. It was a pretty incredible experience to see the reality of what some of the people there in Mexico were living in. 

(Photo by Joel Cross)

While in Mexico we also had a couple of opportunities to take in some of the beautiful landscape including hiking a volcano and Chilling at the beach. 

Vancouver

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

Our first stop on the Vancouver missions trip was to New Beginnings church. Right from the get go we were involved in helping out with the ‘Say Yes’ Program, which is an after school-tutoring program, aimed at helping at risk youth succeed in school, and to bring them into a Church community. During our stay the students also helped deep clean the church, redo the floors, paint furniture and help with the general upkeep that sometimes gets forgotten in the busy ministry of the church. The students also had the opportunity to share community meals and get to know a lot of the member of the congregation. They also lead worship and helping in children’s church on Sundays. 

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

“It was incredible to be with the staff at new beginnings, and see how deeply passionate they were about their ministry. Seeing that only made me want to invest in them, do something for them. That’s why I loved cleaning the church, it felt like something practical I could do to serve them” - Tyler  Weatherly

(Photo by Mark Jobst)


Then we traveled to Potters Place Mission, located right on the heart of East Hastings.  Potters place is a Mission that holds Church services twice a day each with a meal afterword. The students helped by preparing the meals, leading worship and some of them even got the opportunity to bring a messages. After the service we would all share a meal together and get the opportunity to get to know the people of East Hastings. We were also involved in street ministries such as giving out sandwiches or flowers on Valentine ’s Day. 

 (Photo by Mark Jobst)

Finally we went to Union Gospel Mission. Here we had a tour of their facility and heard the story of one of the alumni of their drug and alcohol recovery program Dave. After that we shared a meal with their other staff and volunteers, then we split off into groups to volunteer in various different areas. Some worked in the kitchen, others in the Cornerstone ministry and a few girls went and worked in the women’s sanctuary program. 

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

Overall the students experienced just a small taste of the many ministries that are committed to working on the Downtown East Side day in and day out. Each of them came back with a changed heart, as they slowly realized that perhaps the real mission field was the work God did on their own hearts.  

- Vancouver write up by Kalie Brown

Thursday, February 1, 2018

(Photo by Joel Cross)

This past week we were in Vancouver to take in Missions fest, the largest missions conference in North America. We arrived in Vancouver on Thursday and and took some time to take in the city, including going tandem biking around Stanley Park, and parking in West Van to tour around. On Friday we went touring around Granville Island as well Gas Town, and got to Missions fest for the first general session that evening. Saturday we spent all day at Canada place taking in seminars, a general session, and a youth rally in the evening which included great worship music put on by Chapel band and speaking from Jarrod McKenna.


(Photo by Joel Cross) 


(Photo by Mark Jobst)

"It was awesome to see the people called from all over the world and the diversity in their missions"
- Caleb Gabor

(Photo by Mark Jobst)

Currently the students are in their Perspectives in Missions class taught by Gord Nickerson. This is a great lead up for the students heading into their Missions trips the following week. They are learning all kinds of important things including how to engage well in another culture and what it means to live a life of missions. 


"This class is great lead up to going into our missions trips next week. Even just thinking through the  effectiveness and role of short term missions and how to do it well by coming along side those who are already there rather than just providing aid."
- Jeremy Tiede 


 (Photo by Joel Cross)

(Photo by Joel Cross)

Up Next and How You Can Be Praying

You can be praying for our students as they are looking forward to heading out on their missions trips in the next week. There is a team of ten with six students heading to Mexico on Wednesday and a team of sixteen with fourteen students heading to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on Thursday. You can be praying that God would be preparing both their hearts and minds both amongst each other and with the class they are currently in. You can be praying that these trips would impact students in a special way and be a great encouragement to the ministries they are coming alongside.