Student Spotlight - RAND DEUCHLER

Here at Link Year, Authentic Accountability has been a major underlying theme throughout our whole time here. Adam Donyes always says that he desires for us to have heart transformation not behavior modification, which is a lot of the heart behind all the accountability that we have here.
The Lord desires for us to have this accountability in our lives. In James 5:16 it states, ‘”herefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”  In Proverbs 27:17 it also says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” This is what we have been encountering this year with our Small Group Leader, our Institute Mentor, and with our peers.
My small group leader is Tanya. She has been such an encouragement to me this year. She is constantly pursuing me to meet every week in our one on one time together, despite her busy schedule. She is always intentional but doesn’t push me too hard to open up. She never makes me feel alone in my struggles because she shares some of her personal struggles with me as well. She constantly encourages me with scripture and tells me what I need to hear (even when I don’t want to hear it haha).  Her walk with the Lord is very evident in the way she lives life in front of all of the students and staff here. It has been a constant blessing having her as a small group leader.
In addition to Tanya, I also have a mentor in the Kanakuk Institute. Her name is Hillary, and she has also been such a blessing to me. She is someone a little closer to my age but who has already graduated from college and has a lot of wisdom to pass on to me. She became a good friend of mine throughout this year and is someone who I felt like I could go to no matter what day or time it is. I meet with her every Wednesday morning and we just go through scripture and talk about life together. She prays for me, writes me encouraging notes, and just encourages me constantly in my faith and in the Word.
Not only did I have these two amazing mentors, but I also have the amazing community of peers with me keeping me accountable this year. The peers in my small group gave me a lot of great accountability. These are the girls that do life with me and see me day in, day out, living life. They see my strengths, weaknesses and struggles every day and are with me whenever I need anything! I am so thankful for them and have learned so much by living in this community of people.
As our lives go separate ways this next year, all of these people will have a special place in my heart and I know that distance cannot keep us apart. I am so thankful for all of them and thank the Lord for them every day. The accountability that students receive at the Kanakuk Link Year is completely worth it and something that you cannot find anywhere. It is so special and I encourage anyone thinking about attending Link Year to take into consideration the accountability that you would receive here because it has changed and shaped my life in ways that I cannot describe. 

- Beth Knight