Yesterday we had our first group of Middle East students arrive at KIVU. They were tired from traveling for almost two days, but excited to get up and stretch their legs.
I took them down to the Challenge Course right away, and showed them all the elements we use to teach trust, teamwork, and overcoming fear. They immediately jumped in.
When I taught them the infamous "faith fall," they all lined up to do it. Each one over and over again falling into the arms of their friends, and then they challenged me.
I stood on the platform, looked down at my new friends, and decided if anyone is going to start accomplishing any boundary of trust, I should be able to risk it too.
I fell back in their arms, and we spent much of the next hour talking about how important it is to risk.
We need to risk our own comfort zone if we want to encounter a bond of trust.
We need to be able to talk about any issues we need to, and trust the other will take it right.
We need to extend grace to one another, because nobody wants to see someone fall on the ground, right?
Overall, it was an AWESOME first day. We have 120 students here, and now 10 of them are from the Middle East. I can't wait to share the experiences with you.