This has been another week of ups and downs. At one point I think we had 10 potential Team Members and now we are back down to 8.
         It is so hard to remain positive when everything seems to conspire against our plans but the Train Ticket story, and the blooming of Irises in my garden were both highpoints of the week!

                                                                  “The Train Ticket”

       About 10 days ago I had an email from Andrew, one of  the Team Leaders from the Summer of 2010. He comes from New Brunswick and was writing to say that he would be in Montreal this weekend to attend a conference on the West Island. He was hoping I could make some suggestions of possible places to stay on his limited budget.
I gave him the names a a couple of Senior Youth Camp staff who live on the West Island and didn’t think much more about it.
         Then, on Thursday, another email came from Andrew to say that the Conference had been cancelled. Since this was very last minute I thought he must be feeling very disappointed so I began a reply to him straight away. As I was writing ,the Office phone rang. It was Andrew, he was at the Train Station in Sackville trying to see about getting a refund for his Train ticket and since he was told he could not get a refund but could use the ticket anytime up to the end of the Summer he had decided that God was telling him to change the dates on his ticket and come and join the Day Camps Teams!!
         This is extremely good news as it gives us both another person with experience plus anther Leader.
        So, I guess the flood gates did not open this week but we have made a tiny crack in the “walls” ………………

Thus, as we live through these coming weeks of ups and downs I am choosing to believe we will be able to visit every church we are booked for, and even to find places for the gaps still in our itinerary. How we are to do this I do not know; but God has been faithful every year, and I have no reason to believe He will not remain so.

“One of Us”
      
  Next Saturday is Parish Kick-off Day and that gathering of Local Region Clergy, Coordinators and helpers will offer another opportunity for us to share the urgency of our quest for Team Members and Host Churches, although the primary goal of the day is to offer help and support to those planning their Camps, to exchange ideas and to help them make things run more smoothly.

    
   In the meantime I intend to put in as much time as possible this week hunting for  leads in both categories. As always I shall be raking up mountains of maple “keys” as I pray for guidance. But I will try to stop and enjoy the beauty of early June in my neighbourhood  and to appreciate the signs of hope and promise to be found in every newly opened flower.


     As consolation, in the food line, here is a favourite Spring recipe for Red Pepper Frittata.
                                                                        Red Pepper Frittata 

1 large red pepper, cut into thin strips
1Tbsp olive oil
6-8 large eggs
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives                                                    
2 Tbsp cornmeal
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella
1tsp basil
salt and pepper to taste
Grease a 10-inch shallow baking dish and sprinkle with the cornmeal.Preheat oven to 375degrees.
Saute pepper and chives in olive oil, until softened.
Whisk eggs in a large bowl and fold in cooked peppers and herbs.
Pour mixture into baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 20mins., until set.
Serve hot or at room temperature.
Serves 4