How Do You Want To Be Remembered - Collin Creeden

Brian Wang talked this week about "How do you want to be remembered?" This started to get me thinking. What do I want to be remembered by? Do I want to be remembered as the guy who loves cars? Do I want to be remembered as the guy who makes people laugh? Those are true, but I was thinking, what do I truly want to be reminded by? First off I want to be remembered for my love for Jesus Christ.

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What God Has Taught Me - Bianca Hernandez

"What has God taught you this year?"

For me I think a better question to ask would be, "What hasn't God taught me this year?" Now I by no means say this out of "God taught me so much, I know so much" (because the more you know, the more you know you don't know), but I say this for the purpose of showing the power of God and his ability to transform human hearts.

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Characteristics Of A Godly Leader - Hayden Koval

In a little over a month, Link Year will be over, and I’ll be back home getting ready to work at Kanakuk Kamps for the month of June, and then I’ll head off to Central Arkansas for summer school a week after I finish working. It truly is amazing to think that I will only be writing a few more end of the week reviews. I struggle with writing, but looking back, I can see that my writing skills have improved, and writing papers is becoming easier.

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Big Things for Eleuthera | Derrick Mcbee

We are on our third week here in Eleuthera, and it has been such an adventure. From swimming with dolphins to mixing concrete it has all been life changing and unforgettable. Being in Eleuthera with Bill and Teresa Landers has inspired me to have a servant heart. They have devoted their lives fully to serving the Lord by making disciples who will make disciples.

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"Bahamas Bahamas Bahamas" | Shae Grooms

As soon as we stepped off the plane, I could feel the warm island breeze and smell the salty ocean air. After months of anticipation the day has finally arrived. Oftentimes, as we are going about our day, I stop and still just can’t believe that I am actually here! I have the ocean as my front yard and I am getting to serve with some of the most amazing people.

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Ireland Bound | Courtney Cummings

This week was weird and crazy but great! It was crazy because we leave for our international trips this Saturday, where I will be heading to Ireland! Not only is this my first trip to Ireland but also my first trip across seas!  You could say I am a little excited.  We had our last speaker before trips this week. Even though he was only here for two days it was incredible!

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Thank Goodness It's Friday!

We call this day TGIF (Thank God It's Friday). These days are top secret and our students never know what to expect until the Friday morning when it is announced.  Each week of fun is maximized in TGIFs, and often become some of our student's favorite memories of Link Year!  Second semester is well on our way, but we wanted to share a few of our favorites from first semester! 

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A Protege's Perspective - Alan Monzalvo

 Being a Link Year student last year was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.  I connected the bridge between my beliefs and my desire to serve God through my faith.  In a few simpler words, I made my faith my own.  I gained more understanding from God then I have ever before.

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Depression and Anxiety - Winston Wiebe

This week we had Kevin Smith in all the way from Branson, Missouri. He talked about anxiety and depression. This being something I have dealt with in my past,  it was not only good to go back through those things but good to think about the things I still need to work through and what that looks like. This week has brought up a lot of good conversation and was one of my favorite weeks in the classroom so far. 

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Urban Entry 2016

Each year we have the opportunity to go into the inner city of Saint Louis and Kansas City and work with some local ministries, while also getting a glimpse of what it means to actually be homeless in our country.  We call this week Urban Entry Week. This week is no doubt stretching for our students, so we asked a few of them to share about their experience and what it revealed to them.

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Being Robbed of Joy - Erica Dixon

This week everyone at Link was blessed to hear from Lee Jackson. He brought us hard truth about inner city struggles and our own privilege. Mr. Jackson grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with an OG drug dealer as a father, and became homeless at age 13. Now he works in Dallas at a nonprofit organization that enables inner city kids to play sports and hear the gospel.

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Dangerous Christianity - Anna Fulmer

Our speaker this week was Jefferson Bethke. He is an incredible guy who has such a unique perspective of the Bible. His sessions covered themes throughout the Bible such as the temple, intimacy, idols, the kingdom and healing. One of my favorite parts of His talk on the temple was about John 1:14 (the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among them), and in Greek that word “dwelling” actually means temple.

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Beards and Beauty Week

This week at Link Year is one of my favorites - Beards and Beauty Week.  It’s unique to all the others during the year because the guys and girls split up and talk about what it looks like to be a man or woman of God.  The girls hear from Jenn Ford, Caye McNew and Karen Chancey.   For the guys, Mark Harris, Jeff Lemley, and Dr. Chris Pruett comes in to speak.

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