Postcards From Week 1

Over the next 4 weeks I will be sharing
photos and bits of news from our 7 Day Camp Teams who are now spread out across
4 Provinces. We hope you will enjoy these “Postcards” from Week 1 😊
You might want to check in again during thevweek, since all the Teams have not yet sent in photos!

Team 1-
Team 1 spent its first week at JOY Church,
an urban Filipino church which meets in 
a small commercial building in Montreal. 
The “Quebec” Team, as sometimes happens, will be tag-team this summer.
Week 1 has been led by Jessica, who, tomorrow, will pass off to Janice. Team
Members, Bryce and Aaron are both newbies but we feel confident thatthey can
best blossom under the 3 experinced young women who have been chosen as their
Just over 20 Campers came to JOY Church
this week and by all accounts they had a supertime, along with a solid group of
Local Helpers, one of whom we hope to snatch up next year for Travelling Team.
Team 2-

Early last Sunday morning, Team 2 headed of
on the MegaBus to Toronto for their first camp at The Church of the Transfiguration.
 They were blessed to be starting out
with a stellar Coordinator in Brenda (former Team Leader, Training Leader,
Committee Member and most recently on staff for part of the Training Retreat).
Needless to say, everything had been expertly prepared so that first time
Leader Chelsea and her extremely able “Man Friday” Kelvin have enjoyed a super
week. Today they re off sightseeing in TO and will end the day with a trip to
the Aquarium. They also had roughly 20 Campers and ,like Team 1, will be
holding Closing Worship Service, tomorrow morning. I will be anxious to see how
that goes!!
Team 3-
off to a bit of a rocky start right from the get-go as we had heard, while
still at the Retreat, that their first Day Camp could not go ahead as
originally planned as several difficulties had arisen at Shoal Lake. Instead
Plan B was to lead a Day Camp at a small inner-city church in Prince Albert.
Sadly, with no advance publicity, they ended up with only 3 Campers butI’m so
proud that they have made the best of it and all week I have been praying against
a spirit of discouragement. Team Leader, Christopher, sent in an email report
last evening, here is a snippet…”
In terms of mid-week updating, we had two children on Tuesday, three on Wednesday, and three again on Thursday, for a total of 5 different campers so far (three of whom are indigenous). Today we actually did the morning, at least virtually as in the manual. The children all seem to be enjoying the program, and Miriam and Mercy Jade are both doing really well.”
Team 4-

Team 4 spent their first week in the village of
Pense. The church is linked to St. Luke’s ,Regina where they will be going as
of tomorrow and so for both weeks they have the same clergy and Coordinator,
which makes for great communication and planning. This is our second year
there, although we have been several times to St. Luke’s.  Team Leader, Joshua and Member, Lauren, seem
to be working well together as their gifts and talents are well
balanced. Lauren has sent in some great
photos too!
Team 5-

Started out at Gordon’s First Nation, the
first of three Reserve Communities Pastored by Rev. Vicki who, with her husband
John, billets the Team every year for ALL THREE CAMPS!!! Rev. Vicki has
announced that she will be retiring  after this summer, we will all miss her so
much, she is an amazing woman who has blessed our Teams for many years.
Gordpn’s is always a big DayCamp and this year has been no exception with over
60 Campers each Day! Emmanuel, Elysha and Miguel  have done a fine job and when Emmanuel called
in yesterday they were all busy cleaning up the Gymnasium after holding a
Friday Closing Gathering.  Emmanuel is
returning for a second year in these three communities. Last year there had
been some tragedies just prior to the Team’s arrival  and Emmanuel worked with the campers  so well to bring them a safe a happy week that
we felt it would  be important to have
him come back and show them he cares about them not for just one week, but for
Team 6-

Flew out to Calgary to begin their Alberta
adventures. Their fist church was St. Frances of Assisi and they too had
approx.. 20 campers. Apart from Team Leader, Annie, losing her voice on
Thursday, they have had smooth sailing, with a very well prepared Coordinator
and good local support. They are off to visit Banff today after holding a
Friday Closing, and will be dropped off in their next Parish this evening.
Team 7-

Like Team 1, Team 7 spent their first week
at a Filipino Church, here in Montreal, although this church is in the suburbs,
west of the city center.
Team 7, is the only Team composed
completely of “first-timers” Brian, Maynard and KC, so it was good that this
Day Camp was at a church that had our Program last year and also that the
coordinator is the Mum of Elysha (Team member from Team 5) and so knows quite a
lot about how we do things. Again, there were roughly 20 Campers and quite a
few local helpers. Some of the helpers were reluctant to participate but,
thankfully, a couple of former Team Members were available to visit and bring
encouragement and support to this young Team.

So that is Week 1!! On the home front there
has been tonnes of catch up work to do, plus, on Thursday an excellent Retreat Week
Staff wrap-up meeting. The phone and Wifi have both been in constant use from
early morning to late evening as texts, calls and emails fly back and forth
helping to keep  our now far-flung Teams,
closer together through the sharing of adventures and prayer concerns. Please
pray for these brave young adults as they serve their missions across Canada
this summer.

I guess even if these are “postcard posts” several readers will still expect a recipe 😊

It started out cold and rainy today so I decided to make a batch of Summertime Chili. Of course by the time I ate dinner it was hot and sunny, but I still enjoyed a big bowl of it out on the porch!

1 large sweet onion, diced

1 each large red and yellow peppers, diced
2 garlic scapes, chopped
2 links of hot Italian Sausage, sliced
1 1/2 tsps. ground Chipotle 
1 Tbsp. ground cumin2 Tbsps. vegetable oil
4 cups cooked kidney beans (or 2 cans)
1 28oz. can whole Italian tomatoes

Sauté the onions, peppers, garlic scapes, and sausage for10 minutes, or until softened. Add the spices and cook, scraping up any brown bits, for another few minutes. Add the can of tomatoes, plus the same amount of water and the kidney beans. Stir well and bring to a boil.Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally , for 2 1/2 hours or until thick and fragrant.
Serve with grated cheddar and blue corm chips. 
Serves 4-6.