STUDENT VOICE - CLAIRE STRUTZENBERG
Here at the Link Year, we are given many opportunities to ‘seek wise counsel’. One of the most impactful and unique ways this is done is through our partnership with the Kanakuk Institute.
Each Link Year student is paired with an Institute Mentor. We meet at least once a week in the mornings before class. This partnership has been a great way for all of us living together on campus at K-Kauai to interact and get to know each other. Not to mention, it gives us a great chance to be poured in to by someone who is just a few years down the road ahead of us. Through this program, my roommate, Rachel, and I have been paired with a sweet, sweet girl named Katie.
Every Wednesday morning at 6:30, the three of us meet in the dining hall. We always start off by talking about our weeks; how we have seen God at work, and how we can be praying for each other. This time really helps us all to hold each other accountable throughout the week. Next, Katie usually assigns us a memory verse that applies to whatever it is that we are going through at the time. For instance, one of our first weeks here, Rachel and I had both talked about how hard it was to balance out time with God, and spending time with everyone else around us. Katie had us memorize Galatians 1:10, which says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” It was just the key to helping us focus our attention on the true reason we came to Link Year…To grow deeper in our relationship with God, not to make tons of new friends.
One of my favorite parts of our time with Katie is the knowledge she pours into our lives. At the Institute, students spend a solid portion of first semester looking at the overview of the Bible, and learning how to teach it to other people around them. Luckily for Rachel and I, Katie is super passionate about sharing everything she learns with us. Any of our remaining time in the mornings is spent walking through the Bible. Her passion for the Word and her knowledge has really been encouraging me to dig deeper into the Word, and learn for myself how to desire to know God in the way that she does.
Most of the time, I would see it as a burden to wake up so early every week, but Wednesday mornings are often the highlight of my week. It has been one of the most fruitful relationships I have developed here at Link Year! We are so blessed to be given so many great influences to live life with while we are here growing in our spiritual walks.
- Claire Strutzenberg