Teleios Student: Alex Canul

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Teleios Student: Alex Canul

If my current self, visited my past self, just one month before the Teleios program and told me what I was going to do and learn, I would never have believed it! Before talking about my experience in Teleios, let me tell you a bit about how God brought me here.

I grew up in Merida, Mexico and my parents were missionaries. When I was 14, God put a desire in my own heart for missions. I didn’t know how I would serve, but I knew He would use me. To prepare myself, I attended Rio Grande Bible Institute where I studied Theology and Inter-Cultural Studies. While there I had the opportunity to work in their media department. I gained experience and discovered my gifting in media. My senior year I had a job offer to work at a secular media company in California. It seemed like a good opportunity and I was planning to go. Just two weeks before graduation several of my mentors and elders came to me and challenged me to consider taking a year after Bible school to continue to seek God’s will for my life.

I took their counsel as from the Lord and turned down the job in California. Now, I found myself just a few days from graduation and I didn’t know what I was going to do. While cleaning my room, and my wallet, I found a business card from Dennis Siler, director of Living Waters Bible Camp, whom I had met two years earlier. I decided to give him a call.

I soon found myself enrolled in the Teleios program at camp. Not knowing what God had in-store for me, I stepped out in faith.

The last 9 months at camp have been incredible! I have learned so many things that I didn’t learn in the classroom. I’ve been able to put my faith into action serving the Lord by making videos for camp. I’ve done everything from feeding a monkey to live streaming a conference. I’ve been willing to do anything I am asked, and it has been a blessing. Along the way I’ve enjoyed learning through Bible study, service and mentoring.

While here at camp I believe the Lord has made His plan clear to me. It is my hope to start a media business that doubles as a ministry. I and six other friends have developed a ministry plan to serve the church and international missions through multi-media services. In 2020 we all hope to move to Merida, Mexico to make our dream come true.

Our ministry called J7F (Just 7 Friends) will provide multi-media services to churches and missionaries. We hope to provide high quality logos, brochures, websites, photos, videos and more for anyone serving the Lord in ministry. To fund our ministry we have a multi-funding stream. One is through donations from ministry partners. Another is through producing stock photo and video which we can sell online. The last method would be to sell our services to secular businesses.

Please pray for me as I launch this ministry. The first obstacle is to acquire equipment. I hope to have a quality camera in time for the start of the ministry. Overall, I am thankful that God has called me to Living Waters to receive the experience, teaching, and mentoring I needed to begin the next step in my calling to serve God.

If you would like to contact me (Alex) you can email me at alex.canul7@gmail.coon

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Mother Daughter 2019

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Mother Daughter 2019

As the director of Mother-Daughter weekend, I was encouraged to see over 100 women and girls take time away from their busy lives to invest in their connections with one another as well as their knowledge and understanding of the Lord! The mothers and daughters, during our wintery weather weekend, participated in many of camp's best activities: cross country skiing, tubing, and ice skating. We offered many different options for our Mother-Daughter couples who might choose to do as much activity or relax as they desired.

Friday night, we welcomed ladies with dozens and dozens of pies which our guests brought for a "Pie Social." We also provided a special "Heart Treasure Hike" for couples to enjoy a snowy prayer walk.

Our main speaker, Sharif Welch, shared about investing time in God's Word, the Bible, and the need for us to rely on that truth during our own lives as well as when we train our daughters in God's righteousness.

On Saturday morning, small group workshops were a mix of moms and daughters on the topics: Biblical hospitality, teaching girls how to study the Bible, Bible journaling, and creation exploration. This year we offered many smaller crafts in the wood-heated Rec Room as part of our CrAfternoon. We capped off a fun-filled Saturday with a delicious Hawaiian Luau meal, Bingo games with prizes, and Snow-Cones!

I love to look across the dining hall and see the moms enjoying a relaxing time of fellowship over a meal. We provided an "interview" for Mothers and Daughters to interview one another during the Luau meal and that brought my own table many laughs and good memories.

One of my own favorite moments of the weekend came on Saturday afternoon when my own mother, along with several other grandmas, got to teach about 45 moms and girls how to crochet! I hope those who started a hat might be able to complete it yet this winter and pass it on to someone in need!

As always, I thank those who came and shared their time with us over Mother-Daughter Weekend. I pray it was a jump start to a better, more active and personal relationship between you and your daughter and your efforts in your walk with the Lord. We couldn't have the weekend without you all!

-Jenny Thompson

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Photo ID (Part 2)

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Photo ID (Part 2)

Please take a moment to view these photos. If you are able to identify any people in the photos, please add a comment at the bottom of the blog.

List the number of the photo, the name of the person, and a description of which person it is in the photo. If you know the year in which the photo may have been taken, please add that as well. (#4, Bill Williams, blue shirt third from the left, 1978)

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Appreciating Volunteers

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Appreciating Volunteers

My adventure at Living Waters Bible Camp started with summer staff training in early June.  As I sat in the sessions with the 17 summer staff I wondered, how will these few people be enough staff to run all the summer camps?

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