As we near the end of Week 2 our Teams are still spread out across the
country and are experiencing everything from a small Camp with small Campers in
a small space and an urban environment to a big Camp with over 50 Campers in a remote
area of Northern Saskatchewan. From an Armed Forces Base North of Toronto to a
glorious space on the Atlantic coast. We sure get around at Crosstalk
Ministries!!

       It
is fortunate that, in the middle of July, many of my meals are of the salad
variety, since it seems as soon as I put a fork or spoon into my food a new
text of call comes in!!  But, oh, I do
want the Teams to know I’m there to listen and pray with them through major and
minor crises!! And we have had all kinds over the past few days.

    The
Alberta Team has had a variety of such crises. The past week they have been
living in very “rustic” accommodations, dealing with a huge number of Campers,
and travelling very long distances. In Day Camps we have “the 4 C,’s”-
Community, Content, Creativity/Craziness & Challenge and Team 4 has been
really stretched in all of these areas. One brilliant solution to the problem
of most Campers arriving after lunch each day was to hold a sort of “backwards”
day, starting with games and crafts and, ending with the Main Presentation!
Some days they actually had 2 Main Presentations, one each at the beginning and
end of the Day.

 
Meanwhile throughout the week here at “Day Camps Central” there has been
a ton of correspondence as Evaluations and photos begin to arrive from the Week
1 Churches and Invoices must be prepared and sent out. There has also been some
support work in sending out letters to Senior Youth Camp Campers, choreographing a new song to teach at SYC plus
putting together Menus for the SYC Staff Pre-Camp as I am anxious to begin
baking for that during the coming days.

 
Wednesday was a cool and sunny morning so I decided to bike down and
visit the Emmaus Day Camp taking place at St. Stephen’s House. I was able to
observe the whole Main Presentation and was pleased the way the Travelling Team
and the small group of local Helpers were dealing with the Campers, most of
whom were at the youngest end of the age scale.

 Unfortunately
no one has yet sent in any Week 2 photos but we hope to put up our 2014 Slideshow,
which will be assembled for the Prayer and Praise Service (Thursday, August
7th).

 
There has not been a lot of time for other activities at home this week.
I did manage to complete a patchwork Tea Cosy, which is to be a wedding
present, did a bit of general garden maintenance and window cleaning, touched
up some paintwork and made plans to begin my annual “Chicken Awards”. These are
presented to the Team Leaders at their debrief meeting and so must be completed
over the next 2 weeks. I do have a plan in place, watch for some sample photos
in the near future!

  Oh
yes! I also made the scrapbook of Thank You notes, presented to me at the end
of the Retreat, but I shall leave it to Mrs Philmore to include a photo of that
when she writes her Guest Blogger post this coming Wednesday!

 
Right now I’m multi-tasking as one of the Teams is suffering through a
“bed bug scare” so there are many texts and emails flying back and forth.
Somehow this has put me off a desire to discuss my weekly recipe (can’t imagine
why Googling videos of bedbugs would do that???) so I shall take a break and
import some pretty garden photos instead…

Ah! That’s better, now for the Recipe-
Chorizo & Quinoa Salad, a good choice for a dinner, which will, without a
doubt, suffer from several interruptions!!!

                                      
Chorizo & Quinoa Salad

 2-3
links Chorizo sausage (or similar dry, hot sausage)

 1
cup quinoa

 2
cups tomato juice             

 1
Red Onion, sliced into rings

 
cups cooked kidney beans

1 green pepper, diced

 3
Tbsps.  olive oil

2 Tbsps. limejuice

2 Tbsps.  red-wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ tsp. ground cumin

pepper & salt to taste

Place the quinoa and tomato juice in medium
saucepan; bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn off heat
and allow to stand, covered for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and
fluff with a fork, leave to cool. On a serving platter, arrange the green
pepper, onion, kidney beans and cooled quinoa. In a small bowl, combine the
olive oil, vinegar, limejuice, cumin, garlic and pepper and salt. Whisk well
and pour over ingredients on the platter. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Just before serving, heat a dry drying pan
over medium heat and fry the sausage until browned and crisp, arrange over the
platter and serve immediately. Serves 3-4