The KIVU Gap Year is an exciting project we've constructed to serve the future. We believe with the investment of Time, Resources, Education, and Real Worldview understanding, we can seed the next generation of professional people to engage the world with an honest Jesus-Centric Faith.
The KIVU Gap Year combines the passion found in the heart of adolescence to help one another, with a special formation of cerebral intellect, and the tools to actually be effective going forward to make a difference in the world.
It's easy to send students on a short term mission trip around the world and see effective change when they come home. The platforms of churches missions Sundays are filled with students who experienced something different than they knew before they engaged with a culture different than their own. So, what makes The KIVU Gap Year different from a well healed high school student mission trip?
1. We don't want to ever settle for the emotions of grattitude. Often a student will return from a mission trip with a heart to help, but an attitude of grattitude for the life THEY'VE been gifted. It's not a bad thing, but it is a bit demoralizing to the people in other economic situations to say you've been blessed financially and they haven't. Doesn't God love all people?
2. We want to create a generational culture whereby students can see the world as potential partners, not as some sort of economic caste system. Sure, America has access to resources that have been unrealized in all of human history; but what is our responsibility to manage those resources for the better of someone else? How can we look at someone in the eye living in the slums of whatever country you choose, and live life with them instead of At Them?
At the KIVU Gap Year we want the heart of students to regulate all people as human, rather than objectifying people based on socio-economic class or platform.
1. Short term mission trips are valuable to expose people to the world, but rarely do they have the time to introduce participants to reasons why? Why does poverty exist? Why is healthcare systematically the way it is? What historical events lead a particular group of people to be living in their own current conditions? At The KIVU Gap Year, we want students to be able to articluate the problem in an intellectual way, but we also want them to participate in the solutions.
2. Each student has been given a gift from God. It's our position that if we can ignite that gift to a place where it can be used and honed in a practical way, we can help provide experiences where life comes alive. The way people think, the way they interpret certain experiences, and the speed and efficency at how they come to conclusions are largely developed in educational settings. We don't want students to come on the KIVU Gap Year and leave saying, "It changed my life," Unless of course we've provided an environment where professional, social, and educational spaces will be forever changed.
It's easy to stand up after a week on a short term trip and say the experience effected me. It did, in the short term. But a quick glance at the students who I've taken around the world in the short term shows a better chance of effective change if we include proper education.
1. The KIVU Gap Year student will not only begin to hone the emotions of the heart and the intellect of the brain; but they'll also be provided the resource to use certain Tools to develop a network of people who will actually be life long friends. They'll have actual performance evaluations as they intern around the world with global leaders in actual proffessional positions.
2. I've started to interview our graduates, and I'm finding a healthy use of the tools they were provided on our year long program. Some are interning in social work, others are interning in law firms, and one is even working in a hospital to provide health care. Like a carpenter with access to the latest woodworking tools, they can't pass a problem without engaging in a solution. They're different than the students in their class because they've had a multi-phased educational year to prepare them for life.
The most important piece of these three is the core center of faith. We don't create a place wehre we argue over theology, but rather; we lock arms with people around the globe who simply Love God, and Love Others. When students catch a whiff of what it smells like to live a life full of the gospel, they can't help but be changed forever.
I'm so excited about the transformation happening at the KIVU Gap Year. Our hope is that hundreds of students will begin to seed the world as honest faith believing citizens who have the ability to love the whole world. (John 3:16)