Kairos Weekend 2016 - Reflections
Paul Hunter (Belfast)
I surely speak on behalf of dozens of my brothers and sisters when I say that this year’s Kairos Weekend was a truly special time for all involved, not least for myself. Perhaps the highlight of my experience came in the men’s sessions, led by our brother Dave Quintana, who delivered a series of talks on what it means to be a son of God in the 21st century. “Man up!” was the blunt yet incisive instruction to encourage and call us on to build God’s kingdom here in our fallen world, heeded by a group of young men who, empowered by the fire of the Holy Spirit, can make a difference and inspire more brothers than we could have imagined. Seeing so many men give their lives over to Christ, maybe for the first time, was such an amazing experience to witness.
Another feature of KW16 which was the camaraderie that infuses every Kairos event. Seeing faces old and new was a personal highlight, as relationships which will last a lifetime were built up. I always leave Kairos events eagerly anticipating the next opportunity to reconnect with my brothers and sisters in outreaches far and wide, and my time in Glasgow was no exception.
On reflection, this year’s Kairos Weekend brought to me personally a renewed desire to follow the Lord, and stirred in me an impetus to live as a son of God, using the life and teaching of Jesus as a model for discipleship.
Jonasz Golick (Belfast)
“With every next hour spent with the men, I received it as a huge blessing to build relationships with my brothers in faith. I had an awesome sharing group. The lifted hands of Sunday's worship will stay in my memory for a long time. It was really powerful!”
Joanna Whittam (Dublin)
Fear has always played a huge role in my personal life. A fear of being unwanted seems to have often held me back from relationships, while both this and the terror of letting people down or doing things wrong has held me back on so many occasions from playing on the worship team or speaking at a prayer meeting. Two years ago I wrote a song named “Fears Fall Away,” in anticipation of the moment when I would be freed from fear. It’s about the secret little girl inside me, feeling small.
It was during our prayer meeting on the Saturday night that one of the women at the meeting received an image from God, an image of the very girl I’d actually forgotten about, the girl from my song. God told me at that point “Jo, she’s free to grow up now.” He released me from the childlike terror that I hadn’t understood was still controlling me! Speaking through my sisters on the prayer ministry team God reassured me, “Do not doubt that you are truly free when you go home. Instead there’s a lion inside you that today has been released!”
But God would never leave that untested, of course. Within hours of the meeting one of the leaders from home sat beside me. Hesitantly she began “Would you like to share what God’s done for you this weekend in front of the group tomorrow?” My gosh, our God has a sense of humour in his timing! She wasn’t just t