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ALSO Saskatchewan - Seeing the Presence and Glory of God

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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.


Matthew 25:31-46

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.”

Open our eyes, Lord, so we may see. AMEN.

written by Richard Janzen



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Guats up?!

Hola amigos! 

Over the past few days, we have learned and experienced countless things, one of them being how to get comfy in a our small micro bus for our long rides. These days have been some extremely impactful ones for the Guat squad. 
On Tuesday, we took a boat across Lake Atitlán to get to Anadesa in the town of Santiago Atitlan which is a small, indigenous community. It was cloudy, yet the view didn't shy from amazing. There, we met and were graciously hosted by the workers of Anadesa. That night, we went to stay with our host families and had lots of fun playing with the children who seemed to multiply as soon as we brought out toys. We learned from them as they taught us Tz'utujil words to add to our vocabulary. The language barrier was very strong, considering some host mothers barely even spoke Spanish. Still, we were treated with the same generosity and greeted with open arms. On Wednesday, we spent the morning working by the lake moving mud. We did this in order to help create what will one day be a multifunctional lakefront for women to wash clothes and Anadesa workers like us to go swimming. The day was sunny and many of us got burnt as we worked. (The team has failed you Anita!) We later went to a lookout point where we had a beautiful view of the volcanos and farm land. We also hiked to an ecological site that was run by Anadesa. Our group tried our best to clean ourselves off because by this point our legs were covered in mud- but it didn't really work! We then took a tour of the Peace Park outside of Anadesa. The park is dedicated to the people who died in the shooting of 1990 during the overthrowing of the military presence in the town.
We also saw the site of a mudslide that occurred in 2005 that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed many of the people in the community. These occurrences are very real to the people we were staying with, as many of the townspeople had lived through them and were and still are greatly affected. After that we went for a much needed swim at a resort on the lakefront that included dock to jump off, a hot tub and a pool that looked out at one of the volcanoes. So if we hadn't gotten all the mud off us by then, nothing could help us. Following that, we walked back to Anadesa for a cultural night. We learned a lot about the Tz'utujil cultural practices and we tried some traditional food. We got to flex our muscles grinding the corn used in making tortillas. Women would pound 15 (or more) pounds of corn a day! Pathetically, our group of fifteen people could not even make it through 1. In addition, Erika and Katie got their Tz'utujil on when they tried on some traditional headdresses. We all found the information that they shared with us very interesting. 
The next day we went to the cathedral in Santiago. We learned about Father Stanley Rother who was an influential priest. He was murdered for his impact in the community and his "communist" values that were considered dangerous. He dedicated his life to helping the poor people of the community and publicly speaking out against the government. He bought a large portion of land and gave it to the community to utilize and that was deemed as "communist". We were moved by the impact that he had on his community. 
Afterward, we went back to Anadesa and we learned the valuable skill of beading. We watched as Jim flaunted his beading "talents " and as a worker quickly went to fix the work he produced. We then took the long twisted (BUMPY) road back to our home base of Semilla in Guatemala City while counting stray dogs to pass the time. We are extremely lucky to have experienced the strength and generosity of the community at Anadesa. What we saw, learned and experienced will not leave us for a long time as we all left with a lot to think about. 
(Written by Jade Peters and Alexa Nicolle)
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ALSO Alabama - Final Days

Coming at you from Alabama for the last time. The last two days our group was  split up a little differently, The majority of us woke up bright and early at 6:30 and headed for a Habitat for Humanity site at 7:15. The rest of the group woke up at 7:15 and we divided between working with Debbie the Camp Christian director and Ransom Café and the Ransom Reprogram Office. 
Jesse here, today a group of us got our turn to check out Ransom Café and the Clean Machine. We hung around the camp, helping out Bev and Ralph in the kitchen until they drove us to the Ransom Café. We were at a new location and it was set up in a church rec center. We helped out by serving food and got the opportunity to talk to people, which proved to be a life changing experience for all of us. We even sang one of our concert choir songs for the people eating and a man sang us one back. This same man, Robbie, said two love poems to Madi and sold a bag of fresh picked blackberries to Brody. Even though it was pouring rain, we had so many people come out that we ran out of all the delicious food. All in all, it was a truly enriching experience for everyone (shoutout Katie Rempel).
Jordan visiting at the Ransom Cafe.


Makenna and Austin at the Ransom Reprogram offices.


RJC's finished projects.

Makenna here, on (Thursday ) the Habitat for Humanity site we spent the day painting the interior of a house. Which was pretty convenient for the day being considering it was a cloudy and gloomy day and it started of with a thunderstorm. We painted the whole interior of the house an off white color. I think some of us got more pant on our clothes than on the walls because we left that site pretty white covered from head to toe. It was a very well spent day and we ended up getting two coats of paint on the whole house.





Also today the 4 who went with Debbie spent the day cutting trees down in town at her church in Mobile and hauling them back to Camp Christian. This evening we got to just spend the evening hanging out at camp and starting to pack up. We are sad that our trip comes to a closing tomorrow afternoon and we leave on our long drive back home. Friday morning our entire group will be at the same site in Mobile.  We are hoping to get a good 1/2 day of work done before returning to the camp to prepare for departure.  

The trip has been an amazing learning experience and a blast and a half! We all are wishing that it could be longer and we cannot wait to come home and share our adventures with all of you!

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