Sea Kayaking Update!
The Old School students of 2015 have just finished up their final backcountry section! We spent 7 days paddling the wind and waves of the Everglades National Park. From day 1, the students were put to the test with a 10 mile paddle against the tide and with strong winds in our face. We paddled on into the dark with just our headlamps and a compass to guide us. Strong winds and high seas threatened to put us off course and miss our landing, but the students kept their cool and all made it safely to the island campsite. The first several days were characterized with overcast skies and strong winds forcing the students to hone their skills in navigation, good paddling technique, and ability to read the tides and wind. We even paddled through heavy rain creating bad visibility for several minutes. Thankfully these semester students are well accustomed to the rain and inclement weather. They all kept good attitudes and powered through the tough paddling sections.
Towards the end of the trip we were able to enjoy God’s beautiful creation on white sandy beaches with sunshine and warm weather. The students had close encounters with lots of wildlife: dolphins, bald eagles, raccoons, manta rays. During this time, the students were able to take a 3 hour solo where we spent time praying through scripture for one another. We focused on Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-14, ” 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, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Our teaching focus on the trip was Ephesians 6:10-24. Students learned what it means to practically put on the Armor of God and stand firm. We talked about faith and the significance of the object of our faith being Jesus Christ. That He is absolutely dependable, absolutely trustworthy, and that He fights on our behalf and has already won the war against sin for us.
Right now the students are headed home for Thanksgiving Vacation. Keep them in your prayers as they spend time at home with family and prepare for their final section: Honduras!