We pulled into the churchâ€™s parking lot Thursday night, just before dark. The border crossing went smoothly. I had pre-filled import paperwork ahead of time, and all that was left was one form, which had to be done on their computer. We were grateful for how quickly everything moved along!
Manitoba definitely has more daylight hours this time of year than we experience in Kansas. Friday morning, we awoke feeling refreshed after a solid nightâ€™s sleep.
HereÂ are some aspects of being in Canada that I especially enjoyed this weekend.
- When we were out walking and passed a sweet older couple, the man remarked, â€œItâ€™s a lovely day.â€
- The Canadian accents, along with some who had German and Russian accents. Canadians also have great voice inflection.
- Signs in French.
- Quaint town names such as St. Jean Baptiste.
- Hometown restaurants, bakeries, speciality shops, etc.
- Friendliness, generosity, and Canadian hospitality.
God is very gracious to us, and it was again exciting to see Him work. Set up went smoothly. I donâ€™t know how the time went so quickly on Friday, but before we knew it, it was 5 pm. This business session was our first time giving it in Canada, and it went fine. There were several business owners, but most were just interested in entrepreneurship and home businesses. After that, we moved into the sanctuary for the concert and Be Inspired! The younger five added an acapella Holy, Holy, Holy to their repertoire. I know Iâ€™m biased, being their sister, but I thought it was beautiful. They invest much time in practicing and refining their music, and they bless many families through it. We enjoyed meeting blog readers and making many new friends.
On Saturday morning, it was cold and windy. Since the end of February, weâ€™ve been in winter, spring, summer, autumn, spring, winter, spring, and winter (all in that order). The busâ€™ heaters kept it nice and cozy, though.
The Saturday sessions ran smoothly. God has such clear purposes in every location He brings us to, and we know He will use the words spoken for His work. This weekend, the number of young people outnumbered the parents, which was unusual. In addition, they were very attentive, which is a delight.
We had many opportunities to encourage brothers and sisters in Christ. May the Lord bring fruit for His glory.
We also heard many incredible stories: a young lady who was in a severe accident five yearsâ€™ ago, but her life was spared, and she is a living testimony to Him; families that have immigrated to Canada and overcome hardship, including learning another language; and families that began life in Manitoba with virtually nothing.
Thank you for standing with us in prayer. God works above and beyond what we could imagine or think.
Delighting in Jesus,
“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,
and thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee:
if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered.”