What a whirlwind trip already.
I flew to Hawaii last Thursday for a wonderful conference with the Hawaiian Island Ministry folks.
Then Jamie and I flew back to Durango, hopped in a van, and drove 14 hours to Tulsa.
We're now sitting in Branson Missouri, on our way to the Philippines with 60 teens and family members to launch our first KIVU international outreach program. WHEW!!! What a month already, and it's only just begun.
But as I'm sitting here in the heart of Kanakuk Kamps, I'm once again moved by the power of the get away.
Specifically, we talk about get away in terms of summer camp.
A place where you can go to get away from it all, and participate in things you wouldn't normally have the courage to do.
There are a few places in the world I know that are primary places for something like this, especially for kids and teenagers; Kanakuk and KIVU.
Birthed from 80 years of tradition, KIVU is a place where teenagers can come and explore the mountains of Colorado while they build a community of fellowship second to none. We're committed to helping teens navigate belief systems, and ask hard questions about what it is they believe, why it is they behave, and how they belong to the world around them.
It'a place that can't be taken for granted.
In the business of our daily lives, we're constantly pressured to be "in the know" at all times, and let me just be honest, my fear is we're becoming less and less human, and more and more reliant on technology. (don't get me wrong, I love technology) But we must be people.
We must have a sense of relationship to people around us.
We must have a place where production and information can take a back seat to human contact, adventure, and compassion.
I'm so sure of this concept, I've staked my whole life on a place called KIVU to provide teens with the opportunity to come and experience what it means to just "get away for a while."
If you're 13-18, and you're looking for a safe place to come and explore adventure, click on the link above, and come enjoy the best two weeks of your whole life at http://www.campkivu.com I promise, you'll be glad you did.