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First Day of Mexico!

Hello readers, welcome to my blog. This week we are in Mexico. On Monday we had awoken in Arbor Road, a church in Long Beach. We woke up at the crack of dawn, aka 6 A.M. We all got in the vans and headed to Seal Beach for food and fun. After Seal Beach we made our way to the border. Crossing the border was quick and simple. After crossing we drove through Mexico for

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We Made It To Mexico!

We’re here! We did it! The border crossing went smoothly and now we’re here at “Colina De Cruz” or “Hill of Light”. We’re so stoked to see how Jesus will use these students this week to impact this place. Stay tuned during the week here and on Instagram and Facebook for updates on how the week is going! – Tucker

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Pause and Prepping for Mexico

Pause night this last Thursday with the Hibbs family was definitely one I will remember. We met down at the lake for Audrey’s baptism in November. It was a beautiful day, but extremely cold. A crowd of family and friends huddled around the lake as we listened to Audrey’s testimony. This was so cool for me to watch since I’ve never been baptized and I was really encouraged by her faith and courage. It was

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Theology with Art

Written by Hannah, Carson, Caleb, Jaedyn This last week of Joshua was filled with homework and fun. Last weekend, a majority of the students were off work, so most of us made plans to get a ride down the mountain into Fresno, Santa Cruz, San Jose, or wherever else our hearts desired. I have to say, getting a little break off the mountain really refreshed us. It was nice stepping back into “the real world”

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Time to Grow

November 2, 2018 A fundamental part of the Joshua Wilderness Institute is character building. This means, we as Joshua brothers and sisters are held to a certain standard. As a part of the consequences for the rules not being followed, additional rules are added until we meet the standard. For talking over our speakers, we now have an assigned seating chart. For not respecting the quite hours at night, we now have curfew set to

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Philippians Chapter 1

October 31, 2018 This past week, the we had Jim Wright from Westmont College come speak to us. We learned about the relationship between peace and justice, about powerful questions, about how to negotiate well, and wrapped the week up discussing the conflict between Israel and Palestine. We were heavily challenged this past week to take our education into our own hands and be active participants in learning as opposed to taking notes and listening

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Dealing With Conflict

October 26, 2018 This week in Joshua we had a married couple who both teach at Westmont College as our speakers. They were SO smart and they gave us a lot of life skills in dealing with conflict in a way that you are not trying to beat the other person, but that you are trying to understand and come to an agreement with them. It was super helpful for all of us since conflict

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God Knows What’s Next

October 24, 2018 Ivanna, Grace, Cameron, and Ryan So these past few days have been… stressful, odd, and new in many ways. Why we say these things is because of recent classes / assignments such as; Philippians being due soon, an Israel test, homework, essays and honestly just Joshua life in General. This past Monday EVERYONE was cramming to study for our Israel test. We all learned maps, vocabulary and so much more. When we

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Etiquette Night

October 22, 2018 On the 18th of October, 2018, the Joshua Wilderness Institute participated in the annual etiquette night. A whole night dedicated to learning the art of etiquette. The night began with an hour-long session of taking as many pictures as possible. There was a professional photo-booth put on by our very own Tucker Horton, which was hilarious because of all the stereotypical couples’ photos people wanted to take. Outside, people were using their

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When Joshua Ends, It Begins

October 17, 2018 One of the opportunities we get as Joshua students is working on the weekends. We usually get assigned jobs like hosting at retreats, running the activities, working in the kitchen, or snack shop. It’s always fun to learn new skills like making French fries or how to wait at a formal dinner. But every once in a while we get the chance to work somewhere special. This weekend a few of us

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