OLDS Recap – Caving + Primitive Skills

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This past week, I had the privilege of going out on section with our students. It was such a joy to spend some quality time with each student as we explored the depth of different caves and learned new primitive skills. Some of the caves were filled with loads of mud. Some caves we saw bats and others beautiful water features that allowed us to go for a nice swim in its chilly temperatures. Some students found caving a challenge at times but I was so proud of how they pushed themselves to try something new. I saw them put themselves outside of their comfort zone and I feel that made the experience even more positive.


The Primitive Skills portion was hosted by longtime friends of OLDS, Hal and Tracy. Not only were they excellent hosts, they provided a huge amount of knowledge and skills that our students soaked up in the few days we spent there. It was encouraging to sit under their teaching of God’s Word in the mornings and then apply the Word of God to the primitive skills we learned later in the primitive classroom.

One of my favorite highlights of this section was our final Share Group around the campfire. It started with one student asking a question, then everyone that wanted would share their answer. For example Oren asked, “What is your favorite memory of your mother?” So we all shared stories about our moms, some funny, some more serious. It was awesome to see how the conversation turned directly in line with what the proctors and myself had planned to talk about that night, Ephesians 5: 18-6:9. We then talked and shared in depth about marriage, family, and servanthood. I feel like the students really reached a new level of transparency with each other and an openness that we see modeled in the early church. I feel so blessed to have been apart of this time with our students.

Check out some pictures from our exploration of the caves!










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