REACH is a program designed to expose and challenge participants in their understanding of Christian leadership in a cross-cultural context. For 2020 IAWAH is offering two opportunities: Costa Rica and Constance Lake First Nation. Both programs focus on gaining a sociological and theological understanding of our responsibility as Christ followers in helping to alleviate poverty.
In Canada, the trip will be offered in two parts with the option of doing one or the other or both.
Part A (July 5-18, 2020) begins at Camp IAWAH and departs for Constance Lake the following day. The team will spend the first week learning from the community, helping with some youth programs and preparing for their time of service with the children and youth of the community by leading a day camp alongside community leaders.
Part B (July 16 - Aug 1, 2020) is an exciting trip on the Missinaibi - one of the great northern Ontario rivers traditionally used by Canada’s First Nations peoples as a main transportation and trade route. Participants meet at IAWAH on the eveing of the 16th and head to Constance Lake the following day to meet up with the rest of the team. Two full days of river training happen near Constance Lake before departing for the Missinaibi, putting in at Mattice and finishing at Moosonee.
It is important that our young people understand the challenges that our nation faces with its First Nations people, to rid ourselves of negative stereotypes and understand what part we can play in healing broken relationships. IAWAH will be building upon a long-standing relationship that Bethel Church Kingston has with Constance Lake and is entering upon a personal invitation of the Band’s Chief. For the full experience, we strongly recommend that participants choose both Parts A+B. Previous canoe tripping experience and the physical endurance to complete a challenging 12 day canoe trip is required.
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