Saturday July 21: They arrived safely and got all settled in the dorms at CMU.
The grounds of CMU provided a fun place to hangout. One evening they were joined by a young man from Kenya for an impromptu soccer game.
Sunday July 22: They worshipped at St. John’s Presbyterian church in Winnipeg in the morning and then at Anishinabe in the afternoon and helped with Sunday School there. In the evening they had an outting to Assiniboine Park.
Monday July 23rd: They spent the day at the Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank. A quick email at a lunch break shared the following:
“Today we are taking bags of flour, 5 lb, 10 lb and 25 lb and putting three large scoops in plastic bags. Each family gets 1 bag in a pack that they receive every 2 weeks. This morning we bagged 1071 bags of flour. These provide 39000 food portions a month.”
Another job they worked on at the foodbank was sorting and cleaningup some of the donations before they move on to the packing stations to be distributed. Broken packages are repaired and spilled and sometimes spoiled food cleaned up. Diapers were also repackaged, like the flour, to ration the donations. Families with infants in diapers received 6 in with their food ration. In the evening they planned teams for the next day who would lead VBS, paint, stain, and build. Assignments vary from day to day.
Tuesday July 24th: Construction began on an outdoor project at Anishinabe called, “Poppa’s Park”. It’s named after the father of one of the elders at Anishinabe. It will be an area designated for young children up to age 6.
Wednesday July 25th: After the days’ work Poppa’s Park it now has a beautifully painted sandbox with lid, a swingset, and a newly finished garden, that runs 40 feet down one side and all the way across the one end. A slide will be added tomorrow.
The building team also got to witness an emergency baptism for a young woman, addicted to glue sniffing, who is currently sober but hearing voices. She wanted to be baptised so God could help her. The group told her that we will be praying for her at Knox. Her name is Tina Disbrowe and she gave Rev Margaret permission to share her name so that people could pray for her. Please offer a prayer for this young woman as you read this and over the coming months as she makes a committment to turn her life around.
Rev. Margaret Mullen speaking to the group. Throughoutthe week she took time for teaching moments with boththe youth and adults from Knox.
There was a big thunderstorm driving back to CMU after being at Anishinabe that day. This afforded a great opportunity to cool down though and the construction crew (the 4 teens) decided to go sliding in the puddles. Dave gave that a pass but said,
“It was funny, they were soaked but it was a great way to end the day.”
A sturdy slide base was one of the building projects
Thursday July 26th: The building crew was off early today to Home Depot to get the last supplies to finish Poppa’s Park. The slide was built and other details completed. Anishinabe now has a park for their young children.
Friday July 27th: Today is painting day at Flora House.
You may recall from the 2005 trip, the beginnings of this mural described in Mike’s story: Reflections on the Youth Mission Trip to Winnipeg 2005.
An exciting new project across the road from Anishinabe is Place of Hope. The building will provide 20 transitional units for mainly Aboriginal people between the ages of 30 and 50 who have made a commitment to change the direction of their lives and have completed a treatment program.
The group was sad to leave their new friends at Anishinabe. They have lots of stories to share when they return to Waterloo.
from the window of the plane bound for home
Saturday was a day to enjoy The Forks park together and unwind from a busy week. They arrived home in Waterloo around 2 pm on Sunday.
1 Timothy 2:1(New International Version)