Welcome to the first official blog post of the Link Year semester. It has been an exciting first week and so much has happened in what seems like so little time.
The students first arrived to the Link Year campus last Sunday. Anticipation and excitment was in the air as students met their roomates and moved into their dorms. For the past months the they have been corresponding with one another through our facebook group and I believe all of them were ready to meet face to face. Everyone agreed that it was great to finally meet everybody in person and turn those virtual connections into authentic relationships.
Class started on Monday and went all the way through Friday. This week was highlighted with speakers such as Don Ford (President of Afterdark Ministries and K-2 Co-Director), Jay Holden (Director of Marketing for Kanakuk Ministries), and Joe White (President of Kanakuk Kamps). Don Ford spoke to our students on the importance of setting goals. He also taught on how to properly create a goal and what is needed to see that goal through till the end. Jay Holden spoke on the importance of knowing ones strengths and using those strengths to the best of ones ability. Joe White disussed authentic discipleship and what that looks like on a day to day basis. In speaking with our students it was evident that all three of our speakers had an impact and had already challenged our students to grow in these areas.
This week has also been highlited by many activities that were geared on allowing students to get to know one another and begin building authentic community. Some of these evening activities included canoeing across Lake Taneycomo to get frozen yogurt with Joe White, an outdoor movie on the k-kauai lawn, a picture scavenger hunt throughout Branson, and a cookout and bonfire at Martin’s Point on Table Rock Lake.
The end of the week was capped off with our retreat to Point 11. This weekend was filled with fellowship as well as time for reflection and one on one time with the Lord. Already within our first week we are seeing growth within our students spiritual lives and their relationship with the Lord. It is exciting to see!
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” has been a verse that we have been focusing upon this week. We at Link Year truly believe that this is a year for our students to develop into men and women that seek him first above all things. It is a year for them to not only prepare for college but to also prepare themselves to be men and women that will influence those around them for the kingdom. Our first week has started off the semester great and the enthusiasm around this place has been contagious. We cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for our students as they daily seek him and his kingdom.