Our family has enjoyed experiencing the different sights and sounds of British Columbia. I still stop in amazement every time I hear the call of Bald Eagle as it flies over head. But there are other sounds that I am grateful that I don’t hear, like the noise of a rattle snake as we hike around the area.
At camp this summer, there were “sights” and “sounds” that we appreciated. The ‘sound’ of kids laughing and having fun at camp is such a blessing. The ‘sight’ during camp of watching small groups gather to pray; whether it was a group of kids praying over something they were afraid of, or a group of counsellors praying for wisdom as they dealt with different issues, the ‘sight’ was amazing.
We are overwhelmed at how God worked this summer. From providing staff for programming and worship, to the necessary funds to run the camp, God supplied our every need. A number of kids trusted the Lord, staff were often seen together encouraging & praying for each other. God truly did ‘abundantly more than we could ask or imagine’.
We just finished 2 weekends of Ladies Retreats. The speaker was from Nebraska and spoke from God’s word in truth and love. Many ladies shared how the weekend encouraged them and spoke to their heart.
We are now looking forward to the annual “Christmas in Valley” banquets at the centre. We send invitations to neighbouring towns, villages & churches to come for a free Christmas dinner & program celebrating the birth of our Saviour. Pray for these events that we will be able to proclaim the true meaning of Christmas.
Andrew has been doing some preaching in local churches, I have been helping lead a ladies bible study and we’re also involved in leading a kids club.
We continue to explore & discover lots of things about the Okanagan area. We enjoyed canoeing & kayaking for a day and also spent some time camping this past summer. The kids swam & fished, while Andrew and I rested and relaxed! Everyone went home happy.
One sight we won’t quickly forget is seeing a bale of straw fall out of the trunk of the car in front of us and land all over the road. Andrew pulled over to help them clean it up, but the couple driving the car wanted all the straw shoved into the back seat of the car since the trunk was full with another bale. They got most of the straw cleaned up, but the back of the car was completely filled with straw!
We spent a few days in Logan Lake and went to see the largest copper mine in Canada. While we were viewing the huge trucks bringing the ore back and forth, we also saw a number of wild horses!
The kids are doing great at school. There are times when we miss Ontario, but we were also blessed this year with a number of visitors. My dad and step mom came for a visit, Andrew’s mom and dad came as well as good friends from Mount Forest! In case you were wondering, we’re always happy to welcome people for a visit!
The kids are now looking for the sight of “snow”! They can’t wait for winter to come. Thank you to all those who write to us – we appreciate hearing from you!
Blessings, Andrew, Melissa, Ben, Keziah, Luke & Calvin Porter