As Team 61 gathered in St. Francisville, ready to meet and depart for the upcoming Angola, the dreaded phone call came from the chaplain.“We are going to have to cancel the Kairos retreat.”
The prison, as is almost all of Louisiana, is dealing this weekend with potential flooding and power issues. To be on the safe side, the warden and his staff cancelled all outside events, including Kairos.
Rodney Young, Kairos 61 leader, immediately gathered the team to share the news and, most importantly, pray.
His prayer was quite simple – “we are your vessels God, use us as you wish and as you please – we are here to serve your will, not ours. While we desire to serve this weekend, in the end, we will yield to your will in your time.”In a flurry of phone calls, the leadership team was able to secure the prison for the following weekend (March 17-20) but the question remained – how many team members were going to be able to make the following weekend work?
Amazingly, nearly every team member will be able to adjust their schedules and be a part of what is most certainly promising to be an exciting weekend as God is living up to his nickname – “surprise”.The team made the most of the time and immediately went to work, planning for the rescheduled Kairos.
That work included the unloading of supplies and cookies.
In yet another blessing, the staff of Magnuson Inn is graciously allowing Kairos to store the entire stash of cookies and all supplies.
Kairos is defined as God’s time and, now more than ever, we are living into that spirit. As Ecclesiastes 3 states for everything there is a season and a time for every matter and we are convinced that God is up to something special.
Please remain in prayer for our team, and most importantly, the residents at Angola who will soon hear the message of love, forgiveness and healing through Kairos.