This was definitely a great opportunity on my most recent trip to Kingfisher Lake, Ontario for the first week in February where I conducted a training session for First Nation pastors at a semi-annual ministry school organized by Bishop Lydia Mamakwa. This was a ministry that Steve Dreher, our sainted pastor/pilot, had been a regular participant in the past and taught theological classes. LAMP hasn't had a pastor on staff that has participated in this ministry school since Steve. That is, until now.
The backstory to this ministry being revived started with a meeting I had with Bishop Lydia last fall in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. I met with Lydia to talk about possibly getting a team back into Kingfisher Lake and if there was interest in the family and parenting class I'd been taking to communities in the north. One thing led to another and Lydia thought it would be a good idea to teach it to the pastors and elders in the communities at her winter ministry school. So the idea was hatched and the wheels put in motion to make it happen.
My trip would take me through Toronto and Thunder Bay instead of my usual Minneapolis/Winnipeg leg. I didn't want to contend with the Superbowl mayhem at Minneapolis, not to mention the airfare prices were ridiculous. Going through Thunder Bay allowed me to meet a long-time LAMP supporter, Wilf Sainio and his wife Carol. I had a lovely dinner and evening with them. Another upshot of the visit was that they had collected a large amount of children's hats, mittens, and scarves that needed to be distributed. So before I left, we packed them all in a lightweight duffel bag for me to take to Kingfisher Lake to be distributed. Wilf is also a private pilot and interested in seeing the ministry of LAMP firsthand. So Wilf will be my "co-pilot" in the fall trip schedule.
|Wilf with the duffel bag full of winter clothing for the children of Kingfisher Lake|
|Steve and me at Sioux Lookout airport terminal.|
|This is a truck convoy fresh off the winter road bringing fuel into the community for the power plant.|
|This is yours truly on my way back to the mission house from the restaurant during our lunch break.|
|This is the classroom for the family and parenting workshop at the mission house|
At the end of the workshop, the consensus was that the group would like to have it again in the summer where they could absorb it again along with more pastors who would attend who couldn't attend this winter session. So I've already made plans with Bishop Lydia to return to conduct the training again at the summer ministry school the first week of July.
|This is the class picture of those who attended the family and parenting workshop|
|Me sporting my new moose skin and beaver fir hat I received as a token of appreciation for teaching the class!|