Much groundwork is done to prepare the students hearts and minds to be open to what they will see and experience during ALSO week. The experiences are varied but all explore themes of service, peace, discipleship and justice. This year’s theme was the ‘Upside Down Kingdom’. Beginning early in the year Chapels were dedicated to exploring the theme. As well, the Faith and Life Committee organized a student fundraiser where students were asked to raise money in creative ways to support programs in all of the ALSO locations. This year’s fundraiser was called Adventopoly. Each ALSO group then took a portion of the money raised to donate to different organization at each of the ALSO locations. With everything finally in place and with much excitement and anticipation, the entire student body departed for one of the 5 locations in the 3rd week of April.
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RJC students explored the theme of “Building Bridges and Mending Fences” for this year’s Deeper Life Days at RJC. Students were challenged to be ‘bridge builders’ with their neighbors, whether across the street or around the world. Ryan Dueck, pastor of Lethbridge Mennonite Church, shared his church’s story of sponsoring Syrian refugees. After hearing the news of the effects of the Syrian civil war, his church decided to respond by offering safe haven to people in need. Linda Swab also shared about Eigenheim Mennonite Church’s sponsorship of a young Muslim Syrian family. They both shared about the challenges and rewards of these bridge building adventures.