Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
It seems like just last week that I was shopping at HEB and saw the first King Cake of the season, initiating Mardi Gras time. King Cakes are the most awesome sugary dessert cake you can find down here!! They come in various flavors and each bakery that makes them has their own special recipe from year to year. For my own preference, the one that we bought the very first time we were in the south was the best of all. Since then, we have gotten at least one every year, but none of them could hold a candle to that first King Cake - which was a glorified bun recipe covered with multicolored icings and glitter. In any event, I chose not to purchase the first King Cake I saw this year, and the Mardi Gras season flew by so quickly, when I was ready to go and buy one, there were none to be found! Missed the boat again…
I was transporting bags of stuffed animals from the Craft Room on a wheeled three tiered cart last week, down the hill to the Reward Store and as the cart hit some bumps in the road, something from inside the bags shouted “WAHOO”. The first time it happened, I looked around and wondered where the sound came from, but the second time, it obviously came from something on the cart inside a bag. Then I realized that one of the smaller stuffed toys that make that sound must have made its way into the pile of stuffed animals. That was my little thrill for the day… Doesn’t take much, does it??
These weeks are flying by! Several groups of people leave and more come in to Camp of the Hills. This weekend we had two separate events occurring at Camp. Michael, the Financial Director, and Miss Tiffany, the Head Intern [an assistant or trainee working to gain practical experience in an occupation – in this case not in an occupation, but in Christian-related life skills] together with Paul, the Head Counsellor for the summer and the team he has assembled for leadership, had arranged for a Day of Prayer for them all to get together to pray for the Camp and the summer sessions of 2014.
I have on occasion been attending the morning devotions with the RVICS at 8:30 a.m. On Tuesday morning, they were celebrating an occasion that quite astounded me - the 58th wedding anniversary of one of their couples, Jane and John, from Missouri. They will both be 80 this year, but you would never know it. They have been volunteering with RVICS for many years and Janey has mentioned to me that when they leave here she will be going straight to Branson where she is employed at the turnstiles at one of the attractions there every summer. No doubt their travelling and volunteering keeps them young, or at least, young at heart!
The second week at Camp of the Hills was the busiest yet. The RVIC ladies continue sorting crafts in the Games Room. Their men worked in the cold weather for a couple of days installing bathrooms in the girls’ dorms. The crew that arrived from Winkler, Man. was ready to go to work on Monday morning completing the forms for the new laundry building so that the 1500 square foot concrete floor could be poured. It was nothing short of amazing that the floor was able to be poured on Wednesday. With the cold weather, it did not set up, and the men were still trowelling it the next morning. Len commented that it would be a good hard floor under those circumstances. The three Winkler ladies that came along to provide meals made sure their working men were well fed breakfast, lunch and dinner, and delivered coffee and a snack up to the site where the laundry was being worked on every day. The floor being completed and dry, some of the men started erecting the steel laundry building and by the weekend had all the framework up and the roof on, while others tackled the new bathrooms on the second girls’ dorm. Mel’s admiration for the abilities of these Canadian Mennonites grows every time they show up to volunteer.