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Saturday August 25:

It was absolutely a perfect end to a very productive day of completing the painting on the small church.   Fr. Wes promised us a tour and dinner at the Healing Lodge.  After the six of us attended evening mass we left at 8:00 pm on a peaceful boat ride on the mighty Mackenzie River towards our destination.  These ultra clean northern waters, ultimately named by the Europeans, but to the Dene people it has always been known as ‘Deh Cho’, which means ‘big river’.  The scenic and tranquil Mackenzie River has been the key to life in the region since the days of birch bark and moosehide canoes.  We reached the Healing Lodge (only accessible by boat or snowmobile) 25 minutes later.  Its existence has only been there for seven years when the community band contracted the rural college carpentry students to build a main cook house and cabins on this beautiful land of pines and birch trees by the rivers edge.  The first purpose was to counsel people with addictions.  Now it is also used as a community-gathering place where community people come from all over the area.  The Healing Lodge is also part of school programs where teachers and students are encouraged to participate in puberty programs and leadership programs.  The Dene elders also teach cultural and traditional skills in the picturesque setting.  While our stew and bannock were warming over the open fire we toured the grounds and could feel the spiritual energy of the land and this very special place.  As moonlight guided our boat back to the hamlet of Fort Providence, nestled alongside the mighty Mackenzie, it truly was God’s blessing to a perfect day. Mahsi Cho, Heavenly Creator.

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 Thursday August 23, 2012

Today it was cooler outside, so working was easier than on the hotter days.  The local radio station made an announcement in the morning that we were welcoming help on the church from any volunteers in the community. At about 10:00 am Leon came walking up and he worked with us for the rest of the day. 20 years ago he helped repaint the church, which was the last time it was painted.  He told us stories while we worked and our pace really picked up with the help of a seventh person. We nearly finished painting the church, but our prayers could only hold off the rain for so long before we were forced to shut things down for the day.  After lunch Anthony and Jennifer went to the radio station and were interviewed live on the local station.  They sounded great! We got a tour of the band office in the afternoon, met their many employees and learned of the services they offer.  For supper we went to Margaret Field’s and we had a barbeque in her outdoor cook house.  We had Banana Boats for dessert (see recipe below).  In the evening we took time to relax at Fr. Wes’ rectory and debriefed on our day.  Father asked us to lead the congregation in song on Sunday, so we spent time planning what songs we will sing.  There will be a baptism so we will sing “Come to the Water”.  Tomorrow we are off to Yellowknife, a three hour drive, to pick up supplies for the church.

Campfire Banana Boats

Banana

Small Marshmallows

Chocolate chips

Slice the bananas lengthwise and stuff with marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Wrap tightly in tin foil and place directly on the coals of the campfire. Remove after 5-10 minutes, open up tin foil, and enjoy the ooey gooey dessert with a spoon.

 

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Wow!!! We finally arrived at our destination today (August 20) at 5:25 pm and all tired out. I knocked on the Rectory door, a gentle man opened the door and politely said, "Welcome to Fort Providence, you must be Anthony." So I said "Yes and thank you, and you must be Fr. Wes!"  "No I'm not Fr. Wes," he said. "I am Bishop Murray!" Oookayyy! Hmmm... "I am sorry your excellency," I said. Then he gave me a gentle smile. Good thing I was able to contain the embarrassment since none of the Mission team members witnessed this. But I guess now it's out... Oh well!

Our Polish born host priest, Fr. Wes is a man with a great sense of humour. He pranked us over and over just in the first night. Welcome Mass was celebrated by Bishop Murray with Fr. Wes concelebrating, with some members of the community present. Starting tomorrow, every day will be filled with different tasks from church painting to rectory renovations, funeral mass and reception (Fr. Wes warned never to miss the reception as there will be lots of food), school visits, family visits (in particular with the elders in the community listening to their stories).


Okay, I have to go to bed now. More news coming on the way...and pictures too :)

Anthony

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