All week we have been encouraging students to see God wherever they have found themselves learning and serving. Whether helping a recent refugee immigrant learn English, painting a fence, or carrying firewood, we need to see the presence of God - in the people we serve, in the work and preparation at our camps.
ALSO week ended with the "hearts" group helping new Canadian arrivals with their English skills, followed by a workshop led by Wildwood Mennonite Church assistant pastor Krista Loewen which brought the students to the "Red Dress Project" - an initiative meant to raise awareness of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The "hands" group spent all of Thursday at the Youth Farm Bible Camp in Rosthern, painting a corral and freshening up the place. Camps like YFBC are an important arm of our Mennonite Church Saskatchewan where children can go to find safety and find God. Our little bit of helping there (and earlier at Camp Shekinah) make the place ready to receive campers later in summer.
Both groups reuinited on Thursday evening in the Timber Lodge at Camp Shekinah for an over-nighter and a lengthy time of debriefing and reflection led by Ryan Wood and Krista Loewen. The mission/motto of Camp Shekinah is "The presence and glory of God." Surrounded by such beauty on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the students were challenged to articulate when and where they saw God in people, an activity, their surroundings, or in their work. The week began with they students singing in a circle - it ended with them sharing and praying in a circle.
Thank you for following our ALSO story this week. Continue to pray for us at RJC that the students will retain what they have seen and heard this week, and that it will change their life and world view so that they will serve Jesus and each other wherever they find themselves.
31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
written by Richard Janzen