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This year at the Kanakuk Link Year has been phenomenal.  For a program as young as the Link Year, it is amazingly proactive and worth the investment.  The Link Year gives students the opportunity to build relationships and develop a Biblical worldview that they can call their own.

On Tuesday last week, I had the opportunity of getting re-baptized at the Neighborhood Chapel, with everyone in the Kanakuk Link Year.  The students of the Link Year (my friends) were able to be there to support and witness my decision to make the outward profession of my inward decision.

On Saturday, we were given the opportunity to witness and stand by Clayton and Tiffanye, as they made a public profession of their love for one another as Bride and Groom. 


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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.

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This year, I have had the awesome opportunity to walk through the journey of Link Year with my brother, Caleb. Thinking I was the last student to commit to Link Year, I had no intentions of having a family member here with me, and even better than that, my best friend.

I have been praying for my brother for years now and his walk with the Lord. We were both raised by God-loving parents who taught us to live a God-honoring lifestyle, but sometimes we want to rebel because of that.

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I came into Link Year half way through the year. Although I was unable to experience everything the other students did the first semester, I still feel like I am getting the most out of the program. The first couple weeks I got here, I was welcomed with great hospitality not only from the staff, but the students as well. Our first speaker, Ted Cunningham, dug into marriage and relationships and from what I learned that week, I knew this was where God wanted me to be to  grow in my faith and in my heart. 

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K-Kauai is the happiest place on earth, next to Disneyland of course. Link year is a phenomenal place with an even better atmosphere.  The weekend life here in Branson, Missouri never ceases to amaze me.  Some weekends I like to kick back, relax, and enjoy the occasional movie in the Ala Moana.  On those relaxing nights we will get a group of guys and girls in a couple of cars to drive on over to the lookout.  The lookout is always a good choice when one is having trouble finding something to do.  It is about a ten minute drive and it is definitely worth it.

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Link Year…wow it’s been an amazing experience! We have learned many things here, along the lines of getting to know the Bible and managing our time. n class last Thursday, we took a survey telling us which animal category we fell into. I was categorized as a Golden Retriever. Basically that is telling us about what type of personality we have and what can be good about them and what can be a downside to them.

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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.  


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 There is something I have noticed about myself while here at Link Year. It's not something I'm particularly proud of but it is something that I can learn from, which is always nice. What I am talking about is a little thing called “apathy”. Now apathy in and of itself is not a bad thing. It's just an emotion. The key to whether or not it becomes bad or good is the object of this apathy. The problem is my object of this apathy tends to go towards getting in the scriptures every morning. I am sort of complacent with where I am in my walk with Christ and don't have the desire to learn like I have in the past. With the way I was raised and the education I've been blessed with I know more than the average Christian. I don't mean this in a prideful way, but from what I've heard, been told, and seen it's true.

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