|Posted by realhopemissions on December 12, 2011 at 6:30 PM|
I wanted to thank everyone who prayed and gave and went in support of this vital mission, thank you so much for your faithfulness and hearts of compassion for these hurting people and the desire to share the life changing message of Hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ!
Below is a letter shared by one of the members of this years team, enjoy!
Jeanne and I are back together again after a short separation. Not to worry, I had her blessing and prayers as I took advantage of a last minute opportunity to join two other guys from Crystal Lake on a trip to deliver coats and blankets to a First Nations people in northwest Ontario Canada. It was a 2,200 mile trip with two thirds of our time spent in the van. I am thankful for the following highlights.
Learning how to pronounce the name of the people group! Mish-kee-GO-ga-mang.
Meeting Chief Connie, their humble leader, and her daughter who was one of two young women who rode with us on the way up.
Getting to know Jeff who joined us as we went through his reservation in northern Wisconsin. He is currently an education administrator for his tribe who speak a language similar to that of the Mishkeegogamangs. The school in Jeff’s reservation donated books that we brought up to the school on the reservation in Canada.
Being part of a team that did more than just deliver books and coats. Our leader, Pastor Steve, had a chance to counsel and pray with people even on the radio. Jeff also has a background in the restaurant business and cooked the chili for a chili and bannock feast on Sunday evening. Aaron is a singer who brought his own mini sound system. As a result he sang and gave testimony at a funeral, on the radio, at a Baptist church and at the chili feed. He has a great voice.
I was so thrilled to experience the “north woods” combination of lakes and trees. I had my devotions on the ice covered lake and saw how high the north star is at 51 degrees north latitude.
It was a privilege to share a few verses and be reminded that as the coats we brought covered people for warmth, God gave his son to cover our sin. We had many great conversations in the van that made the trip go fast. Now we are enjoying the coming Christmas season.