I have learned over the years not to expect too much from myself on the Monday after a Kairos weekend. I am usually physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted. I don’t plan important meetings or make big decisions. This is true today.
Day three is the heart of any Kairos weekends. The highlight is the opening of the gift bags by the residents and the increased levels of vulnerability in sharing at the tables.
Day two went pretty well but there is some evidence you can have too many members on a team. We didn’t have cups for some time in the morning and didn’t have song books for most of the day. These things probably occur to remind us that it’s not about us and it’s God who brings it all together. It is impressive to have two “free people” serving each of the tables and those assigned that task are doing a marvelous job and their servant attitudes are clearly impressing the residents.
One continuing problem that we really need to find a solution for is that by the end of the day the team is tired and just wants some sleep; yet the cook teams and agape teams are eager to hear about how the day went. We take care of that on Saturday nights by having each new member share his impressions, but perhaps we need to have some mechanism to pass the word on Friday as well. The work of these teams was well done and greatly appreciated. The food was great as always and gratefully consumed by the inmates. The Agape bags were all set to go and up to date lists were available to assist the team in getting their letters correctly addressed. Thanks to all involved.
It is important that those of us on the inside remember our promises of confidentiality. Much of the touching stuff we hear at the tables is actually confidential and shouldn’t be shared beyond the tables. It is easy to forget that in our eagerness to share what God is doing.
The staff continues to be very helpful. One of our number slipped and fell on the plywood used to allow an approach to the tent. Although he really wasn’t hurt, the camp officials insisted he get checked out at the prison ER. Better safe than sorry.
I look forward to open mike tonight to begin to really get a feel for the work of the spirit.
Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated.
The first night of Kairos 55 was a success. It rained heavily but it stopped during the period we went into the tent and again when we emerged. Seven of the selected residents decided not to participate, but we were able to quickly fill their slots.
Sand bags had been placed around the perimeter of the tent but by evening’s end, water had gotten through and we were sloshing around on the inside. Please pray for a dry day for us today.
Based on the introductions, it appears we have a good group of residents with most expressing an openness for what God has for them. Friday is a day of introspection as the presentations are designed to get the guys to give their lives a close look. We ask them to consider the choices they have made and the mechanisms they have employed to make those choices. We begin to try to build trust and respect and openness by our sharing with them and listening to them.
We seem to have plenty enough cookies. Since today is a Friday in lent, I understand that we plan to serve the guys seafood for lunch and dinner. I know it will be something they will truly appreciate.
Your continued prayers will be greatly appreciated.
In His Service,