We'd like to start off by saying congratulations to Lindsay and Liam who got married yesterday in Fernie. We were sad to have missed it but so very happy for them.
Another week has zipped by. Time goes so fast when you are on a mission. This is mainly because we are always so busy and that is exactly what happened this week, again.
Right off the bat we were busy helping out at Dampt's house again with the Elders. Their move is going well but they are still needing some little things done. Ed helped take down some doors and fix another one. We moved a washer and dryer in and Ed hooked them up. He had to do a bit of plumbing for the washer but it worked out. We also did some painting and unpacking. Lynn made some soup and brought it with us to share. We gave them the leftovers much to Paulette's delight. That was one or two less meals she would have to cook.
|This is the backyard where when Paulette was a child they kept chickens, 2 pigs and a hundred rabbits.|
|Elder Asato trying out the vacuum cleaner for weight lifting.|
|Flowers Amy sent|
Thursday we had our District Meeting in Reims. We had a good training session on inviting people to baptism. We did practice teaching on this theme. The Zone Leaders were there, as well. Ed gave a blessing to one of the missionaries. We got back home around 3:00 p.m. And, of course, we went to folk dancing in the evening where we had a great time and learned a complicated new dance thanks to Laurent.
On Friday and Saturday Ed was sick. He laid low for 2 days, only going out to buy some apples and bananas and to exchange Lynn's birthday pen because hers was cracked. He read a lot, ate little, watched some movies and slept a lot.
One of the unfortunate things about being sick was that he missed going to Dunkerque to do service in the refugee camp. Lynn had to drive. There were 7 people from our Branch. They helped fill boxes with supplies and did some manual service on site at the camp. It was a long day.
We started off in Dunkerque by taking all the provisions we had collected to the church and they were boxed up to be taken to the camp. (We had soap, shampoo, combs, brushes, tooth brushes, towels, food, lots more stuff.).
It was interesting at the camp. We were briefed at the entrance for about a half hour. All Women volunteers had to be accompanied by at least two men. We were all given emergency numbers if there were any problems, which we didn't have any problems. The group Lynn was with moved a couple of large tents around. Others checked for things around the different homes (tents and cabin-type spaces), garbage, water etc. Others gave out supplies at one of the free stores within the camp. For example, spices and different donated food and other goods. One of the guys that went up with us was in a group that built square frames and filled them with concrete with spikes in them (they looked like horseshoe pits) for foundations for more home/cabins. It was quite amazing actually. It's a city in there. There were kids riding bikes and there was a bike repair shop set up as well. All free of course ( It was just set up with very large hand made sign.). Everything was donated. At the same time some of our group was collecting garbage and they had a couple people throwing away a perfectly good blanket, shoes, socks, a coat. That was a little strange because it looked pretty wasteful but maybe there was good reason. After reflection a bit we wondered if it was because of lice. It was quite a sad situation, and precarious too. No volunteers are allowed to stay the night. There are more than 2000 who live in the camp but we mostly saw men and boys.
We're glad to have had the chance to help out. We didn't get home until nearly midnight. It was however very rewarding. They didn't want us to take cameras into the camp so the pictures we have are of getting the supplies ready to take in.
We had a great turnout at church today. We had 34 people. There were 8 visitors from the Stake and the rest were all ours. Because we had Stake visitors we had a Branch meal afterward. It all went well. We love it when we have visitors. We heard some great talks, had some great classes and had a great time eating and yakking. It doesn't get any better than that.
Well, that's pretty much it for this week. We were busy.
Au revoir de la France,
Lindi-lou and Eddie, too