As we welcome in the Fall semester, the students of KBC have begun to arrive and we as the staff are more than excited to see the new faces that will shape our semester! The Lord has provided us with a vibrant new family that we have borrowed for this season from California to Idaho, Ohio, Florida and even as far North as Alberta, Canada. KBC has been graciously blessed to continue the ministry of disciple making for yet another semester and as I take a quick sweep of our new student body, I am filled with joy and hope. Joy for the blessing that is our daily life and ministry at KBC and hope for each student as they take a giant step towards seeking our Father and pursuing His will in their life.
We are never shy of jumping into adventure at KBC and so Wednesday we took the opportunity to introduce the students to the local beaches of Kapa’a and what a beautiful day it was too! By the reddish tinge to our glow I can say with full confidence that the sun and surf were thoroughly enjoyed. Also, note to self and future students; the sun is fierce, water reflects the sun, skin burns, aloe soothes, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate… worth it! After refueling with lunch, some of us set out to Walmart, some car shopping and others to the farmer’s market to acquire some essentials for Island living. The day closed with a welcome dinner and Kauai cultural night generously hosted by Bob and Becky Hallman. We indulged in some local cuisine including kalua pork with cabbage, musabe, poke and haupia. With Aunty Malie’s coaching, we brushed up on our pidgin. In our attempt to create and re-enact a dialogue using pidgin…we successfully broke down any barriers that may have been a hindrance to our newly found family and replaced them with shared laughter and a new appreciation for the Hawaiian culture.
During the course of the day, students were able to share with one another about how they came to find themselves here at KBC on this beautiful island. The stories were detailed and by this description, beautifully represented God’s character and His great love for each student.
As Pastor Bob had said, these are “divine appointments” and every student’s journey to Kauai was a testimony of this. It became very clear to me that the Lord has specifically carved out this period of time for each student. God had begun a work in these students long ago and now He has invited KBC to be a part of that. It is an honor and a blessing and as we head into a new semester we will continue to pray, “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Col 1:9). We would love for you to partner with us in this prayer for our students!