We live in a dark world...a world that suffers the affects of sin and evil. Yet this is the world God send his Son, Jesus Christ who is the light of the world bringing us deliverance from the darkness of sin and evil. But Jesus also gives us his Word to light our path, to guide us, and to take to the far reaches of the earth. As His word says, "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)

Monday, August 5, 2019

The 5th Continues...

Things were going to get busy in a hurry upon arriving back in Sioux Lookout for the summer.   I was going to hit the ground running.  There were a couple of trips that needed to get done ASAP.   While back home, I'd learned of the death of 15 year old Hailey from suicide in the community of Sandy Lake, Ontario.  (Hailey has a twin sister Avery).  So with a bag of handmade quilts donated to LAMP I flew up to Sandy Lake once the weather cleared.  Once again Doreen Fiddler and her sister Lucy met us and took us to visit family and close friends.

Lucy, Pastor Dennis, Doreen
We visited Hailey's mom and gave her a quilt and prayed with her.  She was obviously still reeling from the incident.  Then we went to the neighbor's house which was next door to Hailey's father's  house where they found her.  They appreciated the gesture and the prayers.  It's so important to let the people know who suffer through a tragedy like this that they are thought of and prayed for.

We made a quick stop at the band office to follow up with them on the plans for accommodations for the VBS team.  Then it was off to a place called  "The Site" which is where all the community activities are held.  It was the last day of school.  So the kids, their families, teachers, and staff were all there which included a feast and games for the kids.

The kids were enjoying games and food the last day of school.
Then it was back to Sioux Lookout to continue following up on more community visits and finalizing team accommodations.

One of the next important visits was to Cat Lake, Ontario.  The team that had been going was unable to get enough volunteers this year to put a team together.  I also wanted to track down Hailey's sister and father who were in Cat Lake for the summer.  I went to my friend's house Edith and Charles Wesley.  They were a little disappointed a LAMP team wasn't coming, but I told them we would try and get one for next year.   We prayed with them before we went looking for Hailey's dad and sister.  We were able find her dad and give him a quilt.  Avery was visiting a friend in another community, but we left a quilt for her as well.

The next stop was the band office to find out if we could meet with the Chief and council.  Fortunately he was in along with a couple of council members.  I introduced myself and then talked about past teams and getting a new one to come in.  He was very receptive.  One of the council members said that he went to a LAMP VBS as a child and would like to see us return.  I prayed with those who were present and thanked them for allowing LAMP to come to Cat Lake.  One last stop was at one of the permanent missionaries house to talk about LAMP continuing to provide a VBS team.  Matt was all for it since they have other areas in which they serve.   So the jury is in: Cat Lake wants a VBS team!  (If interested, please contact the LAMP office!)

Next on the agenda was the VBS teams starting to come north.  First up was the team going to Big Trout Lake, Ontario.  This team is a composite team made up of people from Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan!  They all work together as one cohesive unit.  I hosted them the Friday they arrived in Sioux Lookout.  We had a great time of food, fellowship, and worship in song.

The Big Trout team moved inside the small cabin to avoid bugs and smoke.
The next morning, I met them at the airport to help with loading and parking.  The smoke from the fires in Ontario had gotten really bad.  Some flights were delayed or cancelled.  But the team's flight was on time.

The smoke reduced visibility to less than a mile at times.
The Big Trout Lake team checking in for their flight up north

We were able to fly up on Thursday after a break in the stormy weather and made it a long day trip.

Getting the kids going with the motions for the songs.
The team does an amazing job with engaging the children with music, story telling, and crafts.  After VBS, we returned to the team's accommodations to unwind.  After praying together, we got a ride back to the airport to fly back to Sioux Lookout.

The next two days would be sad ones.  The day the team flew out to Big Trout Lake, I received word that the deputy chief of Muskrat Dam and a friend of mine lost his 31 year old son-in-law to suicide.  The day after our Big Trout Lake trip, we attended the wake in Sioux Lookout for Brandon.  The next day, we flew up to Muskrat Dam to support the Fiddler family and community.  Rev. Roy Morris officiated and I was one of the 3 pastors who assisted with the service.

Family gathered around Brandon's casket before the service
Brandon was known as an incredible hockey player for the Muskrat Dam adult team.  He was a motivator and lifted the team up when they were down.  The junior hockey team, the team from Sandy Lake, and his own team were his pallbearers.

Hockey players from Muskrat Dam and Sandy Lake were pallbearers
All the players took turns putting Brandon to rest.  At funerals up north, the people stand in respect as the grave is filled in.  Women sang hymns in the background during the process.

I was humbled and honored to be part of the funeral and to bring whatever comfort and hope to the family.  This is unfortunately something that happens way too often in northern communities.

Roy Fiddler (Deputy Chief), Pastor Dennis, Rev. Roy Morris

Brandon's hockey team gathered together after the burial.
We stopped by Roy's house to visit with Brandon's wife and Roy's daughter.  We prayed with her and gave her a quilt as a remembrance that she is prayed for and thought about at this sad time.  Then we attended the community feast.  Rev. Roy Morris had me open the feast with prayer.  It wasn't long before we had to fly back to Sioux Lookout.  The smoke was so bad that at 8,500 feet, we couldn't see the ground for at least half the trip.  It has been the worst fire and smoke season I've seen in the 5 summers up north.

Well. I've gotten pretty long-winded...again.  There's more to come, but until then, please pray....

* For the continued safety of teams traveling north and back home.
* For smooth border crossings coming into Canada.
* For families in the north grieving the loss of loved ones.
* For the Good News of Jesus to be proclaimed.
* For good flying weather so teams and communities can be visited by field staff.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of LAMP.  You can't imagine how many lives you are touching through us.

Until the next time...

Friday, July 19, 2019

The 5th

I can just imagine what's going through the mind of people reading the title of this post.  The 5th?  Is it a date?  Sort of.  Is it a count of something?  You're getting closer?  Is it the 5th VBS season for Pastor Dennis?  Bingo!

It's hard to imagine that this is the beginning of my 5th year in the north in the summer.  So much has happened in the ministry to the communities and to the teams in that time.  It's been an unbelievable blessing to me with the friends I've made and the relationships that are special beyond description.

So let's begin with some of those special relationships.  The first trip after arriving in Sioux Lookout for the last 2 weeks in May was to Big Trout Lake, Ontario.  This community lost an entire family of 5, a mother and 4 children, in a house fire that happened just 3 weeks after the team and I were there in April.   It was important to go and provide whatever support we could.

The weather to Big Trout Lake was picture perfect!

One of the pilots we know from a charter company took this picture just before touching down.
We had a nice weather system move in that I like to call "severe clear".  We were blessed when we arrived with the use of a vehicle from our friend Eno Chapman.  He also helps with arrangements for the teams on both VBS and off-season trips.

Our first stop was the school to meet with the principal, Jemima Cutfeet.  She wasn't there, but the 6th grade teacher, who is also a deacon in the Anglican Church and attends the ministry school where I teach, Mary McKay, saw us and immediately came over to us in tears and hugged me.  She had known well the children who were killed in the house fire.  I was able to comfort and encourage her.  Mary is just one person of many in Big Trout who were deeply affected by these tragic deaths.

We stopped at the band office to see if Chief Donnie Morris was in.  He was and were able to talk with him about how LAMP could help the community in the aftermath of the tragedy.  He said, "Just come with the Bible camp."  I offered to pray with him.  He then yelled for all the Councillors to come into the conference room for prayer! 

The next stop was to Rev. Steward Namokeesic who is the pastor of the Anglican church in Big Trout.  His house was next door to the one that burned down with the family inside.  The community set up a memorial at the site for the 5 killed in the house.

This is the memorial site for the 5 who died in the house fire that was at this location
We made a couple of other stops to visit friends and then went back to the school.  Jemima was now there and we met with her.  When I asked if I could pray with her, she said, "Follow me."  We went to the main office where she got on the PA system and had me pray for the entire school!   She also asked me to announce when the VBS would be taking place.  Wow!  They really need LAMP to be with them.

Instead of making the 15 minute flight ( and the 20 minute walk from the airport) to the community of Wapekeka, Eno was going to go there to meet with an elder.  I had never been on the road between the 2 communities.  Eno stopped at the elder's house and gave us the truck to go do our visits.  I got to see one of our friends briefly and then went to the band office to follow up on accommodations for the VBS team.  We headed back to where Eno was.  He had me pray with his elder friend before we left and drove the 40 minutes back to Big Trout Lake.

Me, Keith in the middle, and Eno Chapman, our host.
Eno took us to the airport to fly back to Sioux Lookout.  It was a major blessing to have Eno's truck.  There was no way we could have covered that much ground without it!

The next day, we flew up to Sandy Lake, Ontario.   My good friend Doreen Fiddler met us at the airport.  We drove over to her dad's house to visit him.  Sanadeus is the retired pastor of the church where LAMP holds VBS at Sandy Lake.  He has been a long-time supporter of LAMP.  That is obvious by all the pictures he has on the walls of his home with past LAMP pastor/pilots who served Sandy Lake.  While there, in LAMP tradition, I gave a quilts to those people who had recently lost family members and prayed with everyone.

Blankets handed out to the people who lost family members recently.

Rev. Sanadeous Fiddler and Pastor Dennis
We grabbed lunch at the small restaurant attached to a community run store.  Then it was back to the airport to fly back to Sioux Lookout.  It's so much fun to be with Doreen and her sister Lucy.  And it's also great to keep the relationships growing.  That's what makes LAMP work up north in the final analysis.

Dennis, Doreen, and her sister Lucy at the plane before leaving
We had a couple of days of overcast weather.  So we weren't able to make more trips that week after Sandy Lake.  But the next week, the weather broke and we headed up to Cross Lake, Manitoba.  But first, we needed to stop and check our fuel supply at Island Lake.

The office had 1,000 gallons of aviation gas delivered on the winter road.  So we needed to stop to check that it was delivered and that the pump worked.  I also needed to fuel up the LAMP plane to get to Cross Lake and back to Sioux Lookout.  Everything checked out, and we were soon off to Cross Lake.

One of our contacts and a friend of mine picked us up at the airport.  It was almost lunch time so we went to one of the local restaurants and grabbed some food.  Then it was off to the school to visit my friend and school principal, Connie McIvor and the vise-principal, Kerry.  They were getting ready for the big end of the school year dance.  But we got to spend some time with Connie and pray with her.  She is a rock in that school for those children.  So I have become her pastor from a distance.

L to R: Keith, Connie, Kerry, Pastor Dennis, Dion.
After the school visit, Dion took us to his mother and brother's house for a visit.  It was also Dion's birthday.  So before we left Sioux Lookout, I stopped at the store and had a birthday cake decorated for him.

Dion and his birthday cake.
Dion then took us back to the airport (after a stop at Tim Hortons for coffee) and we loaded up and headed south to Sioux Lookout.  The best part of the trip home was the huge tailwind we were able to take advantage of.   I'll take a 37 knot wind on my back anytime!  (177 kts versus 140 kts)

A fast trip home with the nice tailwind.
Our next pre-VBS trip was to Muskrat Dam, Ontario.  Roy Fiddler, the deputy chief, is one busy guy.  He helps with organizing the crew to prep and maintain the winter road.  He supports the local hockey teams (Junior and Adult), works with other communities when they are in crisis, and is one of those people who would do anything to help someone else.  He picked us up while we were walking from the airport to the community.

L to R:  Pastor Dennis, Roy Fiddler, Keith
We went to the band office and then hung around with Roy to join the community feast that was being set up next to the band office.  My participation was wielding an ax to split logs that had been cut to stoke the cooking fires.  The food being prepared included fresh geese (man can those elders strip the feathers off of them fast!), potatoes, bannock, bannock dogs, white fish, and other bean and salad dishes.

Preparing the geese for soup and stew at the feast
Rev. Morris Fiddler, Roy's brother, blessed the food and then everyone showed up to fill up their plates.  It was just a great day to relax with Roy and the people without having any agenda or specific program.  As the food and people started to dwindle, Roy took us back to the airport for our flight back home to Sioux Lookout.

People starting to gather for the feast.
The next day was one of those trips you hope you don't have to make, but unfortunately, it's part of life up north.  We had heard the week before that a 3 year old boy was run over by a piece of construction equipment prepping the ground for new modular homes in Wunnumin Lake, Ontario.  I had contacted Rev. Joey Bluecoat to keep tabs on what the funeral arrangements would be.  Bishop Lydia also was keeping me posted and asked if I would participate in the service.  So Keith and I flew up for the funeral.  When we arrived, there were vehicles shuttling people from the airport to the community hall.  The wall had sheets of easel paper with lists of all the communities and the names of the people going to Wunnumin Lake and when.  It was an amazing display of support for the family and community.

After grabbing some lunch, Joey took us to the church.  It's heartbreaking to see such a small casket.  But the peace and hope offered to the family is that through Joseph's baptism, he was a child of God and now his soul rests with Him.  I offered words from 1 Corinthians 1:3-5 that speak of the comfort Christ gives us so that we can comfort one another.

The viewing for little Joseph before the funeral service
The cemetery is just down the hill from the church.  We gathered for the burial.  Afterwards, Joey took us back to the airport for our flight back to Sioux.

Gathering at the cemetery for the burial service
The beginning of this 5th season got off to a quick start and allowed us to visit more communities and help support the people and communities with the trials and tragedies they so frequently have.  So we wrapped up this first 2 weeks up north which were quite successful and productive in ministry.

One final note on this trip, or should I say the trip home.  My middle daughter had given birth to twin girls.  Their baptism was schedule for June 2nd.

Lois on the left and Virginia (Ginny) on the right.

The 2 grandpa Pastors with their little ones
I was the one who would baptize Ginny and my daughter's father-in-law who is also a pastor would baptize Lois.  So it was quite a special occasion.  I dropped Keith off in Winnipeg and then headed south to the Omaha area for the weekend of family festivities and the baptisms.  It was such a joy to see my daughter's family grow from 3 to 5 people (they have a boy who just turned 7) and to be able to share bringing one of their little ones into the family of Jesus.

Now, after a couple week respite at home, it's time for a couple more community visits and the VBS teams to start heading north.

Please pray for...

* Safe travel and good health for the teams and the missionary field staff.
* all arrangements that have been made will be good.
* Open hearts that are ready to hear the Good News of Jesus at VBS and other activities.
* The LAMP aircraft to perform flawlessly over the summer.

Thanks in advance for your prayers and support.

Until the next time...

Peace of Christ.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What An Amazing Winter and Spring!

I got off to a quick start this year in January, and now it's already June!   

This year has been amazing, astounding, incredible, and unbelievable for many reasons.  The main reason is that I've already been up north a total of 6 weeks and the summer season is just getting started.  There is so much to share that I'm not sure you'd want to read a novel.  It would take quite a few pages to tell all the stories and blessings that took place.  And there's a good reason for that too.  I traveled to 7 communities, 5 of them with teams.  I conducted 4 parenting workshops in communities and taught a new marriage workshop at the ministry school.  The ministry to the north has more than doubled this year, especially with 3 teams making their first winter visits.  So let's get the whirlwind started...

From my previous post, you saw what took place in Cross Lake, Manitoba on my first extended weekend of the year.  Two weeks later, I met with the Sachigo Lake, Ontario team in Winnipeg.  This would be the first time since 2014 that the team would be making a winter trip.  I met the team the night before we left to help with weighing cargo.  There were 5 members of the team from Peace Lutheran in Winnipeg who were able to go.  

We arrived on Friday early afternoon and pleasantly surprised to be given the use of the Band Office van for transportation while there.  We deeply appreciated it especially since the high temperature hovered around -26C degrees.   School had been canceled due to the cold weather which meant we couldn't visit the children in the classrooms.  However, we arranged for the use of the gym and multipurpose room for a gym night for the children and for the parenting workshop which was held on Friday and Saturday evenings.  

The team outside the school getting greeted by the children
Attendance for the parenting workshop was light, but it allowed for more in depth  discussion of specific family issues.  During the day on Saturday, the team prepared hot dogs, which the team donated, as a fundraiser for the community during the fishing derby.  I was taken to the radio station and spent 2-1/2 hours speaking about families and parenting using the workshop for the content of my speaking.

Pastor Dennis at the radio station
Sunday, I conducted worship with the team at the church.  In the afternoon, the team conducted an afternoon Bible school that was very well attended (approximately 40).   Sunday evening was a time to relax and regroup.  

Team member Megan reading a Bible story to the children.

Craft time in the church basement
The kids and team at the church for the afternoon mini-VBS

Monday, the team went to the school to visit the classrooms.  The principal had me speak to the students at the morning assembly and offer a prayer.  Then it was off to the classrooms to sing, have a brief devotion, and prayer.  It's a special privilege to have this kind of openness in the school to allow us to speak about Jesus.  

The school assembly in the Gym
Pastor Dennis addressing the children

One of the many classroom visits.

We then stopped by the band office on the way to the airport.   We all received a gift from the band office of a toque embroidered with the Sachigo Lake First Nation logo.  It was a meaningful gesture as they included us a part of the community.  This trip allowed us to make more connections to the community and strengthen the ones we already have.

Nine days later, I was headed back up north, not just for a 3 day weekend, but for 3 weeks.  The first week I traveled to Sioux Lookout, Ontario to fly up to Kingfisher Lake.  I was going to conduct another training session for First Nation pastors and elders at a semi-annual ministry school organized by Bishop Lydia Mamakwa.   This would by my 3rd time teaching at the school.   For this session, Lydia asked me to present a workshop on marriage.  This would be a brand-new workshop that would be developed for the communities up north.  The workshop was 4-1/2 days long.  Once again, I had a Cree interpreter for the training sessions.  Many of the pastors, deacons, and elders remembered me and I was warmly welcomed by all.  
The ministry school attendees

My Friend Stan from Webequie First Nations in Ontario

The day before I arrived, one of the elders in the community, who was also the church organist, died in Thunder Bay.  He body was flown into the community on Thursday.  We postponed the workshop that afternoon to go meet the body and family at the airport.  I ended up being one of the pallbearers.  

Meeting the body at the airport

The long procession to the church for visitation
The next evening, there was a special communion service for the family and community.  Bishop Lydia asked me to participate as she wasn’t feeling well, which I gladly did.  Overall, It was another learning experience, especially to hear the history of marriage from the attendees and to support the community in a time of grief. 

I flew back to Sioux Lookout and then drove back to Winnipeg to meet the team going to Shamattawa, Manitoba  the next week.  4 members of the team were able to go.  This was the 4th winter trip there for the team.  We arrived on Monday and went to the school where the staff and teachers were glad to see us come again.  

The preschool class with their new knitted hats
We basically followed the same plan from the previous trips.  We used one of the empty classrooms as our dormitory.  We visited the classrooms, handed out booklets from LHM on the first Christmas, sang songs and handed out hats that were knitted by ladies at the church.  

Some of the team helping to organize the hats... others are just playing around!!!
On Tuesday afternoon, we visited more classrooms and did craft activities with the children after school.  

Craft time after school

A visit wouldn't be complete without a hug from Mylee who I met on my first winter visit in 2016.
On Wednesday, We again visited classrooms and then held a staff event after school with a light meal.  The team put together another “Saran ball” game that was a huge success.  

The school staff playing "Saran ball"
Before we left for the airport, on Thursday, the staff again presented us with a homemade card with their signatures and notes of thanks.   

The "thank you" card the team got from the entire school staff.

This community really appreciates what the team does and, in reality, they really need it with the difficulties they face.

My next trip would be to Weagamow Lake, Ontario February 24-28.  After my flight to Winnipeg from Shamattawa, I drove back to Sioux Lookout to meet the team the night before we flew out.  We made last minute plans including grocery shopping and the activities to do in the community over supper.   

We flew out on Sunday afternoon from Sioux Lookout to Weagamow Lake during a blizzard!.  Our flight was the only one to make it out that afternoon.  The Lord's hand was definitely on our travels!

Boarding our flight in a blizzard!
That evening, we joined Pastor Jake at the radio station and sang songs and read Scripture for an hour.  On Monday morning, we went to the New Horizon Treatment center to be a support to clients who are being treated for substance addiction.  We made ourselves available to talk with the people and let them share their stories with us.

Outside the New Horizon Treatment Center

Hanging out to support some of the clients
That afternoon, we were given a van to use by the nurses station which made getting around much easier.  We went to the public school in the afternoon and visited the younger grade classrooms singing songs and talking about bullying using booklets available through Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Pastor Gery Luck doing Bible stories with the children
On Tuesday, we returned to the New Horizon center and met with clients again.  Some of the women clients gravitated to Linda who is a nurse.  Some of the men connected with the men on the team to talk about various topics.   A couple of us went to the band office to see Chief Dinah and the counsillors who were there.   She appreciated the visit and the prayer by Pastor Gery Luck, the team leader.  In the afternoon, we returned to the school and visited the upper grades.  

In the evening, we went to the arena where I conducted the first night of the family and parenting workshop.  It was the first time to present it at Weagamow Lake.   

Getting ready for the parenting workshop
Other team members watched the children during the workshop.  We retired for the night after the workshop.  Wednesday morning was back at the New Horizion center.  In the afternoon, we visited the small Christian school classrooms.  

Spending time with the children in the Christian school.
That evening was the 2nd night for the family and parenting workshop.  The overall turnout was very good with 15 people getting certificates of completion.  

Family and parenting workshop "graduates"
Thursday morning, we packed and headed to the airport for our flight back to Sioux Lookout.  Overall, the trip was a huge success.  The team really enjoyed the experience of an “off season” trip and made connections that wouldn’t have been possible during a VBS week which is really true for all the teams that make trips like this.

The team and Pastor Dennis before boarding the plane to Sioux Lookout.
The team and I reluctantly parted company as they headed back to the Mitchell and Kitchener, Ontario area.  I was heading home after 3 weeks up north.  I drove back to Winnipeg for my overnight before my "red eye" morning flight.   

Upon my arrival at Winnipeg, I went over to friends of mine to see her dad who was in cancer treatment and staying at their house.  Gordon Disbrowe was one of the first people I met up north in the community of Red Sucker Lake, Manitoba.  He was a wonderful Christian man and a friend.   

Gordon is on my right (I'm in the middle if you didn't notice!)
Gordon and me at his daughter's home in Winnipeg

    We were both glad to see each other and had a good time talking, especially about fishing which Gordon loved to do.  He even drew a sketch out of a "jigger" and how it's used to put a net under the ice for winter fishing.  We got to read Scripture together and pray together.  I needed to leave because Gordon was getting tired and I had a 4:30 AM wake up call for my flight home.  I was so grateful to stop and visit.  Gordon went to be home with the Lord just 10 days later.  I will miss him as a true friend and brother in the Lord.

     I was home for almost a month when I returned again to the north.  The first trip was a 3 day stop in Red Sucker Lake, Manitoba.  This is my 3rd visit to conduct a parenting workshop for the community.  It was the best attended so far with 22 attending!

     As a token of appreciation, I was given an original oil painting.  The artist is David Disbrowe who happens to be Gordon's cousin.  That gave a double special meaning to this painting that's a perfect addition to all the other native artwork I've been collecting over the past 30 years.  

    I flew back to Winnipeg and drove to Sioux Lookout to meet the team going to Big Trout Lake, also called "K.I." which are initials for it's native name.  This would be their first off-season visit.  Unfortunately their arrival was delayed due to the "Bomb Cyclone" winter storm that they ended up driving through.  Thankfully they made it to Sioux Lookout safely, but tired.   

When we arrived, we had a surprise waiting for us at the airport.  The Band Office let us use the community van!   We had transportation for our time in the community.  Because our arrival was delayed about 4 hours, we were not able to visit the school class rooms on Friday morning and afternoon.  However, the principal, Jemima Cutfeet was gracious and opened the gym after school for us for a couple of hours.   Afterwards, we headed to our home-away-from-home for supper, planning, and rest.

    Saturday, we were given the use of the community early education center to use for activities with the children and the first parenting class to be held in K.I.  

    The parenting class was done with the two sessions in one day with lunch being served by some of the women in the community.  I finished up mid-afternoon.  We transported some of the women and their children home, hence the use of the Band van.  

    That evening, we had some of our friends in the community stop by and visit us.  It was nice to be able to relax and chat, something that isn't always possible with teams working on getting ready for VBS the next day.  That is what makes winter trips so different yet productive in other ways.

On Sunday, we planned to go to the Anglican church in the morning and the Freedom to Worship church in the afternoon.  But as in all plans, they changed a little.   At the 10 AM service, I was asked to introduce the team and myself.  Since I'm a pastor, I was soon pressed into service by assisting with the baptism of an infant.  The little one was not a happy camper and cried through most of it.  However, when Pastor Steward handed her to me and asked me to go pray at the altar, my grandfather touch brought silence!   After the prayer, I handed her back and the crying started.  I had to chuckle a little about that.  I continued at Pastor Steward's request to assist in the rest of the service.   As we were leaving church, he said, "I'll see you at 3 this afternoon."   The 10 AM service was the Cree service and the 3 PM service was in English.   So our plans changed.  The team decided to open the early education center for kids activities and I went back to the church.  It was a virtual repeat including a baptism.   

After church was over, I headed over to the center with the rest of the team.  We took a break for supper and then returned for the evening with the children.  We did crafts and had devotion time.  However, when it came time to leave, one of the younger adults was dealing with a personal crisis.  A couple of team members stayed, talked and prayed with him while the others took the children home.  Returning to the center, the 2 team members were still involved with the young man.   The Lord provided the means to help bring comfort and peace to him through His Spirit and the team members.   By the time we got back to our digs, it was almost 1 AM.  The Lord blessed us with a Northern Lights show, the first I've ever seen in all my time in the north!

We all went to bed after a long day.   The next morning was spent eating breakfast and packing up for our flight back to Sioux Lookout.  It had been a busy non-stop 2-1/2 days in K.I., but the Lord blessed us to be a blessing to others.

As you can see, this has been one amazing start to 2019!  The ministry is growing beyond expectations and the communities in the north are being blessed with the teams sharing and living their faith in Jesus to encourage and support them in their own faith walk.

Without support from donors and partners, there would be no way for the ministry of LAMP to continue serving the people in northern communities.  If you have given to LAMP in the past, thank you for your support.  I pray it will continue.  If you haven't given to LAMP in the past, please consider supporting this critical ministry need to the northern indigenous communities of Canada.

Peace of Christ be with you all.