Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
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.
Wednesday afternoon it was 20 degrees down here in Texas, I was chilled to the bone! The RVIC ladies and I were in the Craft Room sorting crafts that morning . They do not work in the afternoons, so I was pretending I was an RVIC lady that afternoon…
Saturday was a beautiful day, appreciated by all, especially the Kenny Baker family. They were having an 80th birthday for “PawPaw” and it was wonderful to be able to sit out on the patio and eat! All the relatives were there and we were pleased Ollie Ann invited us, their friends from Canada. The forecast is for another nice day on Monday and then the icy weather is expected to return. John will be working underneath a cottage doing the plumbing…
Things are getting busy here at Camp. We picked up Len and Nettie at Austin Airport on January 29th and they immediately got to work. Len can fix anything mechanically and Mel was anxious for him to arrive so he could fix the starter on the John Deere front end loader. In short order, he diagnosed that parts were needed, and while they were waiting for those parts, he was found welding pads on top of all of the support posts for the new bathrooms at the back of the girls’ cabins. Mel has yet to find a task which Len is not able to do. He had also been waiting for Nettie, as she had previously cleaned up and organized the hardware part of the shop complex and it has gotten into a terrible mess over the last year. He knew she would do it quickly and efficiently! We are happy to have them back and will be travelling together quite a bit, as they do not have a vehicle here. They are staying until the last week of February and then driving their motorhome to Mississippi where they will look after returning all of the MDS vehicles and equipment from the various sites over the U.S.A. back to the compound at Columbus. They are a very dependable hardworking couple and we are proud to be volunteering with them.