Matt Armbuster shared his power story of how Ransom Ministries came
We started this morning at about 8:30 waking up to some rocking Bob Marley in room 2. Ate some breakfast made some fantastic sandwiches and were soon on our way to day 1 of work. We began our work week at Feeding the Gulf Coast, formally known as the Bay Area Food Bank. They are a non-profit organization whose goal is to give food and other things to any person in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida who need it. The southern folk love to look after the little people AKA children, and the people at Feeding the Gulf Coast are no exception, they offer many programs for kids whether in school, on weekends, or on summer holidays. During our time there we broke into two groups one sorting foods with due dates (Karalee thought it was funny we called them due dates) the others in the garden. Inside the warehouse sorting food was grand ole’ time cracking jokes and tossing tea boxes at Karalee while she frantically tried to catch all of them and organize them. The two of us were both inside sorting food, but from the garden was hot, they pulled weeds, set up fencing, and dug trenches.
After our long tiresome we thought a good way to kick back and relax for a few would be to head on over to Orange Beach. The beach was superb. The squeaky sand when you kicked it, and the football were just some highlights of the afternoon. The main event was the ocean, all the waves and salt made for fun dunking people and a splashing good time. To finish off the day we got some Italian ice drove back to camp Christian and enjoyed a talk from Ransom Cafes one and only Matt Armbuster. All in all it was a great day and we can’t wait for tomorrow!
Just beach it my friends!
JARED AND GRAHAM
Today, half of us headed off to the Diefenbaker Center first thing in the morning. (The other half of our group went to Camp Shekinah to work for the day. I'm sure you'll hear from them later.) Once we arrived we were given a tour of a gallery paintings and stories of strong Mennonite women and their tough journeys to Canada. We learned about their hardships, fleeing war and persecution with little to no belongings or money and discussed the connection to refugees of today and the similarities. These stories were written out, and also portrayed in beautifully detailed watercolour paintings done by Ray Dirks. Then after our tour we had a presentation by Jake Buhler, who talked about his mother and her journey to Canada and all the challenges that she endured. This morning was particularly interesting to me as I had heard a lot about this exhibit but hadn’t seen it yet. My grandfather helped put it together along with other people I know so I was excited to see all these things they had been telling me about and learn some more about my own Mennonite background.
We ate lunch on the road as we drove to W.P. Bates School where we volunteered all afternoon. The school has 49% EAL (English as an additional language) students and has had many students that are new to Canada join them in recent months. There were many areas where they were looking for a little extra help and we were happy to fill in wherever possible. I helped out in a grade 4 classroom and to be honest I had a wonderful time despite again being a little apprehensive at first. The kids had so much energy and excitement and I really enjoyed working with them, getting a chance to try my hand at being a teacher. Adults always say how much younger kids look up to teenagers but you never quite believe it until some grade 4 kids just straight up say how cool you are and how much they can’t wait to be your age and be a teenager. I didn’t have the heart to tell them it wasn’t quite the same as they were picturing it, that it’s harder than it may seem to them and that I really wished I was their age again. I look forward to working with these amazing kids again tomorrow!
written by Katherine Penner