Mission At KICS
Mission is embedded into the fabric of daily life at KICS, and in the words of Eric Davenport, the Spiritual Life Coordinator at KICS, “mission is something we do not because we have to, nor because we are a ‘Christian school.’ It is who we are. It’s in our DNA. Time in the word, time in genuine discussion within community, and time in worship are all vital components of the soil in the spiritual greenhouse we are going for at KICS.”
For secondary school, Mission time occurs four days per week, before first period begins. “Beginning our day in Mission is a natural outflow of our vision and who we are at KICS,” explained Eric. Three out of those four days, secondary students together with their mission leaders gather collectively for a time of worship, discussion, prayer, social skills, and more.
While Mission most often involves the whole secondary school together, once a week, each group meets on a smaller scale with their leaders. “One of my favorite times, besides on Thursdays when I lead Mission, is when we are able to just sit and talk about life and faith in a small group with my girls,” said counselor Rebecca Byrd. “It is exactly this kind of honesty and vulnerability that allows God to work.”
Mission creates a safe and conducive platform for students to grow. Rebecca explained, “Mission is important because it allows us to grow spiritually and relationally. It also allows us to ask hard questions about life, God, and our purpose here on earth. Mission time is a safe place to wonder, to doubt, to build faith, to build community.”
Mission group leaders consist mainly of secondary teachers who serve as shepherds, mentors, academic advisors, friends, and guides in areas of faith, life, academics, and so on. Mission strives to edify each student and equip them for works of service in their communities and beyond. With the guidance of their leaders, every year each group is tasked with planning a service proposal and encouraged to implement it.
Primary students have devotions every morning with their homeroom teacher, in addition to chapel once a week. The theme for chapel this year is centered on learning the vision of KICS; understanding it and how it applies to the lives of the students. “Having chapel every week helps us refocus and come together as a student body in a spirit of unity and signifies that what we value and uphold is the message and mission of serving Christ.” Says Primary Principal Elise Mosher.
“My favorite thing about primary chapel is seeing the students’ excitement and their desire to participate in our weekly celebrations together,” she explained. This year some of the key areas of focus in chapel include learning about God’s great heart for unreached people groups, and a study of characters in the Bible – particularly how they have exemplified the traits being studied.
“Each student is encouraged to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and to continue to explore what that could mean in their life, moving forward.”
Once a year KICS organizes a Christmas giving initiative. Last year’s giving went towards Centre Marembo, a home for young girls ages 6-18, located just outside of Kigali. This was a school-wide donation where each class was asked to bring specific items for the Centre. “Their needs are enormous. All of the items KICS provided were significant needs of the Centre and blessed them tremendously. Their thankfulness overflowed,” Eric expressed.
“One of the things we want our students to leave KICS with is a burning passion to make an impact for Christ in the lives of those who are voiceless and powerless in our world,” said Eric, who believes that this outreach programs such as these provide students the opportunity to do so.
Rebecca’s hope is that students will see that being a follower of Christ is more than just studying the Bible or praying. “Being a follower of Christ involves every aspect of my life. Being a follower of Christ envelopes my entire being and Christ is in all, through all that I do.”
Article by Efua Hagan