Well, we wrapped up our summer at KIVU 2013 last night. If you haven't had a chance to see what's going on out here, be sure to check out The KIVU Facebook Page where we've loaded pictures, videos, and you can see comments from the people who chose to spend part of their summer out here in the beautiful foothills of the San Juan Mountains.
I must take a moment and just say a HUGE THANKS to the KIVU staff. They were undoubtedly the most engaged, enthusiastic, encouraging group of people I've been around in a LONG time. Thank you guys so much for your continued willingness to go above and beyond to make KIVU a "Best in Class" adventure for teenagers.
I want to thank our sponsors, donors, and those of you who know it takes an enormous effort to put together a program where students feel safe enough to explore adventures, relationships, and the courage to take a spiritual journey no matter where it leads.
Thanks to our international friends who came over. From France to Spain, Jordan to Saudi, you guys brought a richness to our conversation, as you pointed out how the rest of the world lives.
And to our KIVU families that have been around for years, we couldn't, shouldn't, and wouldn't do this without you. Thank you for your trust, your understanding, and your letters of encouragement.
Working with students can be the most exciting part of my life. Seeing them try something they've never done before, laugh together at a party, or just dance the night away; it was truly a joy to my soul to watch students escape the pressure they feel every day.
We will miss you much here for the rest of the year.
We move into a season to reflect.
We'll spend a time pondering on the lessons you all taught us.
We'll work on making KIVU a better place for the future.
We'll have lessons to share with our colleagues doing youth work around the world.
And most of all, we'll be gearing up for next summer to meet new friends, invite new families to the mix, and continue to give teenagers a safe place to explore.
Thanks all who were involved in th 2013 season.