We are back,
This past week, 6 people from Pacific went to Mt. Currie to help set up a camp for First Nations kids from the local reserves.
We left on Monday, and drove the 3 hours past Pemberton, and then about an hour on a dirt road that doubles as a logging road sometimes. We arrived, set up our tents and then got to work. We started with the kitchen, which needed a good clean, and helped set up the BBQ that had been donated. As we were getting going, the owners of the property on which the camp runs came and met with us. They are elders with a local band and we sat with them for a few hours. They shared with us, and then asked each of us to share a bit of our stories. It was a great time of listening and sharing. They mentioned how they appreciated having locals come help, since most of those who have helped with this camp have been from the United States.
Tuesday we had a full day of work. We set up 12-15 tents, and finished off cleaning the kitchen. We also did some general cleaning around the camp including the outhouses. We finished off our day with a dip in the river, which is a five minute walk away, and then had some time of worship and scripture reflection.
Wednesday we painted. The entire kitchen structure got a new coat of stain, while all of the doors and counters got paint. We had a local guy come and show us how to set up two teepees which was a great experience for us all. That night we went to the local hot springs, then wrapped up with some prayer.
Thursday we packed up, said our goodbyes, and then drove down the road to Joffre lakes for a post trip hike.
This was a great trip! Our team did super well with all of the hard work, and stayed unified throughout. We were blessed by the conversations, and the vision of the camp. In two weeks they 70-90 kids age 9-13 years old from local reserves will come to the camp and hear and experience the Gospel. It was a privilege to be a part of the process, and serve God and His people in this way.
Continue to pray for our church as we explore what type of relationship could develop with this camp and our ministry here at Pacific.