FEBRUARY 2018 AND JUST 3+ MONTHS to TARRY

MIGHTY MIRACLE

Weather

Sorry for the poor photo,but we are pleased to show the outside temperature reading as displayed in our vehicle on February 27th!! The time was 2:50 pm as we drove back from Onion Lake Cree Nation.  To the right of the time gauge, you will notice the outside temperature reading of O Celcius. We have been waiting 2 months for the mercury to finally change.  Most nights the temperature dropped well below -20C and often in the daytime too.  Oh yes, we know that Spring is still many weeks/months away, but this respite, although brief, gives us some hope.

Meanwhile, Calgary and southern Alberta battled yet another big drop of snow.  Lloydminster only got the tail end of the storm, mostly lots of wind and some snow.

Sam shovelling snow.

Sam shovelling snow.

Drift hanging over our eavestrough

Drift hanging over our eavestrough.

LLOYDMINSTER COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL (LCHS) –   SOAR Mentoring Program:

February 1st was our last visit to LCHS to present students with Certificates for their participation in the SOAR MENTORING/FIRST FLIGHT program.

Front Cover of the First Flight Booklet written by Howard Rainer which S&J used to create the Power Point Program.

Front Cover of the First Flight Booklet written by Howard Rainer which S&J used as a resource to create the Power Point FF Challenge Program.

It was a happy and sad occasion.  A sad occasion because of changes within the Public School.  S&J received an update from the teacher at LCHS who was over the mentoring program which read: “The School Division is moving in a new direction. An Aboriginal Coordinator has been hired; the coordinator will facilitate the SOAR Mentoring Program. First Nation “Elders” will also be used to make the content more cultural.”

Sam and Jeannine feel the changes will allow the Public Schools to show they are implementing the FIRST NATION Truth and Reconciliation Commission program; the school must have applied to the Federal Government/Ottawa for expenses.   We do feel that the work of previous FIELDS volunteers (Elder and Sister Rhoton) and our service at LCHS has encouraged the school to at least continue offering a Mentoring Program just for First Nation students which we hope will  benefit the integration of these students.

The expression,  “When one door closes, the Lord opens a window.”  Yes, indeed.   The doors of Lakeland College have opened wider for FIELDS volunteers!  Read on.

S&J have enjoyed so very much getting to know these First Nation students and  spending time with them over the last few months.

Feb 1, 2018 FF

Sam with some of the First Nations group from Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.  Below are some photos of the students working together.

Shaina and Cazda

Shaina and Cazda

Riley and Santana

Riley and Santana

Mekwan and Hannah

Mekwan and Hannah

Creeann and Morgan

Creeann and Morgan

Hannah and Kendall

Hannah and Kendall

GROUND HOG DAY – Even if a ground hog did see his/her shadow on February 2nd, there would still be 2 or 3 months of winter ahead of us here in the AB/SK border city. Sam and Jeannine managed to have a Friday Date Night and view the movie, “Ground Hog Day”, an annual tradition they share.  Jeannine feels this movie shows  the main character learning the process of repentance and improvement.  Try watching it from this perspective!

LAKELAND COLLEGE – TIME MANAGEMENT – S&J are thankful for the opportunity to share Time Management with First Nation students at Lakeland College.  By the end of February, the total students assisted thus far is FOURTEEN.  We also shared TM with Douglas, a non-native friend of Kuna (a  First Nation student). We continue to be thankful for the Indigenous Lounge where we can meet and visit with First Nation students.

We use the First Nation Sacred Circle in planning Time Management Schedules to show the students the need for a balanced life.

We use the First Nation Sacred Circle in planning Time Management Schedules to show the students the need for a balanced life.

TM

Elder and Sister Kunkel are serving with Lakeland College students in the OTO (Oil Field Truckers Program) helping them study and prepare to write their Class 1 Leaners DRiver’s License and Air Brake Endorsement.

GRADUATION CEREMONY: Lakeland College Employment Skills Enhancement Class of 2017-2018 – S&J were pleased to be invited to attend this ceremony to honour 18 students, many who were First Nation.  The students produced a Power Point showing scenes from their classes and various activities during the 6 months of the course.

Grad progjpg Grad Class

All students shook hands with: Right to Left- Margo Hines (Business facilitator at LLC & instructors: Al Popoff, Larry Lee and Cathy Wilson. Student: Angela Rugama

All students shook hands with: Right to Left- Margo Hines, Business facilitator at LLC & instructors: Al Popoff, Larry Lee and Cathy Wilson.       Student: Angela Rugama

Angela ( a friend from church) and Jeannine. Angela performed an amazing vocal solo.

Angela ( a friend from church) and Jeannine. Angela performed an amazing vocal solo.

VOLUNTEERING – OLCN LOG CABIN FULL GOSPEL CHURCH: True North Aid from Ontario sent a shipping container stuffed full of non-perishable food items, blankets and homemade quilts (from Oakville Quilting Guild), used clothing, hockey skates and equipment, and 420 gift packages filled by Ontario school students with each decorated bag containing 4 items: something  for hygiene, warm, fun and a book.  There were boxes of new toys that will be stored for Christmas 2018.  We sorted and prepared an inventory.  In the photos below, Sam was the photographer.

Jeannine sorting the lovely quilts.

Jeannine sorting the lovely quilts.

Brenda sorting the gift bags for the children.

Brenda sorting the gift bags for the children.

Ralph outside the Log church.

Ralph outside the Log church.

CANADA EDMONTON ZONE CONFERENCE:  We were blessed that the Zone Conference in February fell in the same week as the week-long school break following Family Day.  We took Elder and Sister Kunkel along with us to Edmonton, arriving in time for the 10am start of meetings.

Elder & Sister Kunkel join in opening hymn at the Zone Conference.

Elder & Sister Kunkel join in opening hymn at the Zone Conference.

President Pattison reminded us regarding the Holy Spirit: #1 We must create an environment to receive the Holy Spirit. #2 We must learn to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  #3 Then have the courage to act on the promptings.

Sister Pattison handed out a “Tweak” sheet of a few items that we may need  to improve upon.  Have a read….

"TWEAK" page 1 (only a small change to make)

“TWEAKS” page 1 (only a few small changes for missionaries to make)

"TWEAK" page 2 (only a few more small changes to make)

“TWEAKS” page 2 (only a few more small changes to make.)

VISIT to SCHOOL ASSEMBLY at KIHEW WACISTON (Cree Immersion) SCHOOL: preschool to grade 4.

Wall Mural

Wall Mural

Elder Fox offers students the opportunity to smudge/pray to the Great Creator.

First Nations “Elder” Fox offers students the opportunity to smudge/pray to the Great Creator.

Assembly 1 Assembly 2

Since drummers could not attend the assembly, the children did not dance for us, but they sang 5 songs in Cree: O Canada, Songs about: Alphabet, Colors, Counting and a Greeting song. As the children left the gym, they each shook hands with us.

"Elder Fox" and Elders who are called Ralph and Sam while at Onion Lake Cree Nation.

“Elder Fox” and Elders who are called Ralph and Sam while at Onion Lake Cree Nation.

Brenda, "Elder" Leonard Fox, Jeannine

Brenda, “Elder” Leonard Fox, Jeannine

MURALS ON GYM WALLS

Wall mural 5 Wall mural 4 Wall mural 3 Wall mural 2

Sports 3 Sports 2 Sports 1

MURAL ON STAGE – with 13 Virtues/poles of the Tipi

Stage

LLOYDMINSTER BRANCH of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Sister McCollum hold Baby Hazel Swendsen (daughter of our Branch President & his wife) and Cecilia Pescadero holding her new daughter, Esmeralda. More babies are on the way for our little branch!

Sister McCollum holds Baby Hazel Swendsen (daughter of our Branch President & his wife Kari) and Cecilia Pescadero holding her new daughter, Esmeralda.More babies are on the way for our little branch.

VISITS to LLOYDMINSTER HOSPITAL – PRAIRIE NORTH HEALTH REGION

Elder McCollum with Brother Henry Hudy at the Lloydminster Hospital, Prairie North Health Region.

Elder McCollum with Brother Henry Hudy at the Lloydminster Hospital, Prairie North Health Region.

On Sunday February 25th, with permission, Elder and Sister McCollum took their Primary Class (7 year olds) on a field trip to the hospital to visit Brother Hudy.  They shared a short lesson with a story regarding the gift of prayer which is given to us by our Heavenly Father.  The children sang a song for Brother Henry Hudy, “A Child’s Prayer”, a favourite of Sister McCollum, especially verse one:

“Heavenly Father, are you really there? And do you hear and answer every child’s prayer? Some say that heaven is far away, but I feel it close around me when I pray.      Heavenly Father, I remember now, something that Jesus told disciples long ago: Suffer the children to come to me.  Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.”

UNINVITED GUEST and it wasn’t a “church mouse”: Read on….

In our LDS Church Branch, we have six young deacons (12-14 years of age) that pass the Sacrament.  Sunday February 18th was the first time for twelve year old Tim Onofrychuk to pass the sacred bread and water.  Young Tim will always remember his first experience of passing the emblems of the sacrament.  Elder and Sister were sitting two rows behind the young deacons who sat on the front bench near the Sacrament table.   As the congregation sang the opening hymn, we could tell that something was holding the boys’ interest since they were intent at gazing at something on the floor near them and had odd quizzical smiles on their faces. Then the McCollums also noticed the three men in the Branch Presidency, who were seated on the rostrum at the front, join in gazing at something on the floor near the deacons feet.  Brother Low in the presidency got up, left the chapel and returned with two tennis rackets that he must have found in the sports equipment closet.  When he left the chapel he had something black between the two rackets.  What’s your guess?          Well…it was a small bat that somehow made it’s way into the ventilation system and found a way into the warm chapel!  BTW, if that bat had taken to flight, (for those who know Jeannine well), Sister McCollum would have put on her own display of fright!  She has an extreme phobia of creatures in flight!

FAMILY: Colorado McCollums come to Utah for High School Robotic Match.

Utah McCollums meet CO McCollums.

Grandson Thayer McCollum (second from left, Fort Collins, Colorado with his Robotics team

Grandson Thayer McCollum (second from left, Fort Collins, Colorado with his Robotics team

Grandsons Samuel and Henry McCollum from Kaysville, Utah with their cousin Thayer.

Grandsons Samuel and Henry (Robb & Kimberly) McCollum from Kaysville, Utah with their cousin Thayer (Glen & Danelle), all wearing safety goggles.

JAPAN: Our “daughter” Haruko and her children enjoyed a wonderful winter adventure while visiting in Northern Japan with her father. They discovered a “Japanese-style” Igloo made by community members.

Natshuho (age 4y), Haruko Kobuchi, Kotaro (6y), and grandpa Koichi Takeda

Natshuho (age 4y), Haruko Kobuchi, Kotaro (6y), and grandpa Koichi Takeda

2 Comments

  1. Elsie and John

    Great to hear about your service! It is a long winter for you up there. We would be glad to see you you here. It is not spring yet~~~ but soon we hope. Wishing you continue strength and wisdom. Blessings to you.

  2. Kay Ridley

    Thanks for the update, not sure if I told you but we know the Kunkel’s, not sure if they remover us I believe Brenda went to school with my sister Donna. Looks like you are all enjoying your mission. I’am very busy being a R.S. President for the 3rd time. We are doing well also. Maybe we will see you sometime in May. Kay

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