Early spring in the Maritimes is special. This is “sugaring” time, when the sap begins to run in the maples. You need just the right shift in temperatures from below freezing overnight to above freezing during the day. All across this region, in sugar shacks ranging from primitive to commercial, sap is boiling its way toward maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of what I like to call the “good stuff.”
This season is special at Kingswood too. We’re not making syrup, but we are participating in another type of transformation: the change God makes in the lives of our students.
That process was the focus of discussion for our recently concluded trustee meeting. Respected lay and clergy leaders gathered from across North America to help us consider how Kingswood will need to retool to meet the needs of the Church in the 21st century.
These days, described by Professor Matthew Friedman as “Missions Madness Month,” we’ve also been talking a lot about global ministry. The Evangelical Missiological Society conference was live-streamed at Kingswood on Friday, March 31st. That was also the final day of our annual mission conference, known as Incite. This year Incite featured one of our own graduates, a young woman* serving in a closed access country. I’m thrilled and humbled to realize what Kingswood graduates are doing around the world.
We’ve been looking at global ministry from another angle as well. As a staff, we have been exploring how Kingswood can become even more effective at preparing potential leaders from other cultures to return to impact their countries. Dr. Abson Joseph, a professor from Indiana Wesleyan University and an expert in cross-cultural education, was on campus helping us think through what this will take.
Like the process of turning sap to syrup, the results will take time and effort. In the end, however, we can look forward to the “good stuff,” the sweetness of God’s blessings, as lives are transformed by the power of the Gospel.
Thank you for your prayers and support for Kingswood.
*Name withheld for security reasons.