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)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Post-Easter Trips

With the snowy winter finally behind us, I am now home in between my winter travel season and the upcoming spring community trips and VBS season.  So it’s a good time for me to give you a quick update on the latest ministry activity that continues to take place among my LAMP communities.

Another family and parenting workshop took place in Red Sucker Lake, Manitoba in early April.  This is the second year in a row for the workshop there.  Beside conducting the workshop, I helped the staff at the family resource center put together over 160 Easter baskets for each family in the community.   

This is the "production line" putting together the Easter baskets for the families in the community

The Easter baskets were proliferating as fast as rabbits! 
The workshop was held in the evenings so that working parents and family members could attend.  This year, the attendance was up about 25% which indicated the need and desire for this type of workshop. 

The Family Resource Center where the workshop was held

This year's "graduates" of the workshop
After the workshop was over, I flew to Toronto for the spring LAMP board meeting on Friday and annual banquet Saturday evening. It’s always a joy to share the ministry and the positive impact it’s having on the lives of people in the north.  The next day on Sunday, I made a LAMP presentation and preached at the church where retired pastor-pilot Rev. Bill Ney is acting vacancy pastor.  It was good to reconnect with Bill and his wife Diane.

The LAMP Boards...US and Canada combined.
The only drawback to the trip was that I got caught up in the ice storm that hit southern Ontario and Toronto.  In spite of my original flight being canceled, and a 2nd flight I was rebooked on, I was able to get out on the last flight of the evening (we pushed back from the gate at Midnight) to Atlanta and then got a seat on the first flight out to Indianapolis the next morning.

All that white stuff is sleet and ice, not snow!
Now I'm in full VBS mode contacting teams and communities to make sure that dates and arrangements are confirmed for the summer.  This year, I have 2 new teams going into communities that haven't had a LAMP VBS team in a couple of years.  One of them is from a church here in the Indianapolis area where I live!  So this is exciting to see those communities once again being served by volunteer missionaries.

Thank you so much for your financial support and prayers.  Once again, your partnership is allowing LAMP to expand the ministry to more people in isolated northern Canada with the Good News of Jesus our Savior.

Until the next time...

God bless!


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