2016 LAMP Blog

2016 LAMP Blog

LAMP Blog

For the eighth consecutive year, Trinity is sending volunteer missionaries to remote areas of Canada to lead vacation Bible school for First Nation children in cooperation with Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP). The twenty missionaries, some members of Trinity and some friends and family members from other churches, are divided into the following teams, serving in Norway House or Shamattawa, Manitoba.

Norway House Team 1: Glenda Nordmark, Laurie Drewlow, Milan Drewlow, Judy Maxson, Ronald Schulz, and Lisa Johnson
Norway House Team 2: Andrew Connell, James Lange, Janet Samson, David Schlicker, and Esther Schlicker
Norway House Team 3: Myron Drevlow, Nadine Drevlow, Chuck Dale, Char Dale, and Sam Martin
Shamattawa Team:  Leon Dawkins, Lori Dawkins, Jessica Schmidt, and Dave Schneeberger

The Shamattawa team will depart on Friday, July 15, and Norway House teams will depart on Saturday, July 16. Teams will be commissioned during the worship service on Sunday, July 10, 2016.The teams hope to post daily July 18-22.

Shamattawa Team Saturday 7-23-16

admin : May 18, 2017 7:03 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Last evening we stayed

Shamattawa Team Friday 7-21-1

Most of our group up and moving by 7:00 A.M. Finished packing up items for storage, had breakfast, eggs and cherry pancakes by Dave. Mary Ann Miles picked us up at 10:15 to get us to the church to store our supplies ‘till next year. This saves the freight costs of bring it back and forth each year. We then went back to the apartment to get our luggage. We got to the airport by 11:00, but our flight was delayed for two hours. So here we sit waiting for the plane to come from Winnipeg. Our car is in the long term lot in Thompson, so whenever we get there is fine. We have plans to stay at a church in Thompson tonight, then drive to Winnipeg Saturday after meeting up with the Norway House team. Both Shamattawa group and all the Norway House teams will then Stay in Winnipeg church Saturday evening, worship there on Sunday, then cross the border and head for home.

Good news! We made it to Thompson. Our plane from Shamattawa finally got in around 4:30. It was unloaded and fueled up now ready to go. We got on about 5:00 and into Thompson about 6:15. After getting the car from the long term parking, we headed into town to the church where we stay to meet out church hostess, Cheryl who gave us the key and got us set up with our floor space for sleeping tonight.

Next off to Boston Pizza, a local restaurant somewhat like Applebees. Food and service was great. Now at Mcdonald’s for coffee ice cream and internet. It’s nice to have that available. The internet connection was very hit and miss in Shamattawa, and only available to us at the Band Office, which was not open all the time.

Tonight we stay here in Thompson and in the early morning we head down the trail towards Winnipeg, stopping at Ponton to meet up with Norway House Teams midmorning.

 

Leon, Lori,Dave

at St. James Church in Thoh

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News from Norway House

admin : July 27, 2016 7:44 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Dear Friends of Trinity,

The children learn a new song "My Little Red Box".

The children learn a new song “My Little Red Box”.

Sam and the children at play.

Sam and the children at play.

Making butterflies during craft time

Making butterflies during craft time

Prizes for everyone during family night

Prizes for everyone during family night

Sorry this posting is so late, but we did not have internet connections in Norway House.

The week was challenging but rewarding. Over 300 children heard the word of God through the Bible stories and the Arch books. Besides Bible school time, we spent time playing with the children and getting to know them better.

Thank you to everyone who support the LAMP team. Without you the children would not have learned that Jesus will be with them no matter how hard their lives might be.

Check out some of the pictures from the week’s activities.

God bless you, always!

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Shamattawa Team Friday 7-22-16

admin : July 24, 2016 1:51 am : LAMP 2016 Blog

Shamattawa Team Friday 7-21-16

Most of our group up and moving by 7:00 A.M. Finished packing up items for storage, had breakfast, eggs and cherry pancakes by Dave. Mary Ann Miles picked us up at 10:15 to get us to the church to store our supplies ‘till next year. This saves the freight costs of bring it back and forth each year. We then went back to the apartment to get our luggage. We got to the airport by 11:00, but our flight was delayed for two hours. So here we sit waiting for the plane to come from Winnipeg. Our car is in the long term lot in Thompson, so whenever we get there is fine. We have plans to stay at a church in Thompson tonight, then drive to Winnipeg Saturday after meeting up with the Norway House team. Both Shamattawa group and all the Norway House teams will then Stay in Winnipeg church Saturday evening, worship there on Sunday, then cross the border and head for home.

Good news! We made it to Thompson. Our plane from Shamattawa finally got in around 4:30. It was unloaded and fueled up now ready to go. We got on about 5:00 and into Thompson about 6:15. After getting the car from the long term parking, we headed into town to the church where we stay to meet out church hostess, Cheryl who gave us the key and got us set up with our floor space for sleeping tonight.

Next off to Boston Pizza, a local restaurant somewhat like Applebees. Food and service was great. Now at Mcdonald’s for coffee ice cream and internet. It’s nice to have that available. The internet connection was very hit and miss in Shamattawa, and only available to us at the Band Office, which was not open all the time.

Tonight we stay here in Thompson and in the early morning we head down the trail towards Winnipeg, stopping at Ponton to meet up with Norway House Teams midmorning.

 

Leon,Lori,Dave and Jessica

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Shamattawa Team Thursday 7-21-16

admin : July 21, 2016 5:30 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Good Morning! This will be the last day of teaching Vacation Bible School in Shamattawa for this summer. Friday morning, we will fly out to Thompson, which will start the last leg of our week, the journey home. We will have children arriving in less than one hour. Today is much cooler and the ground is wet. Last evening we had thunder and  lightning, and a lot of rain. After class today I will attempt to post more here as time permits. We will be packing and getting our stash of supplies ready for storage up here. Our load going home should be much lighter, as we leave Bibles and much of our supplies here in storage for next year.

Shamattawa Saturday Photo

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Shamattawa Team Wednesday 7-20-16

admin : July 20, 2016 4:37 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Today is Wednesday which is day 4 of teaching Vacation Bible School here  in  Shamattawa. We are currently at the Band Office using the internet to get this post up on the website. We apologize for late entries and only a few photos, but the process has been very slow going to upload pictures. We have only a small amount of time that we can be here as we have stayed busy preparing and teaching. It’s 11:30 A.M. now, we will be eating lunch soon and getting ready for the afternoon session. OK, I’m back…….The afternoon session yielded 32 children. We are still outside for our VBS classes. Today’s lesson was about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how they would not bow down to the idol. God protected them even when thrown intot he furnace that was 7 times hotter than usual. The evening Bible study had no girls participating. Peparation for the next day and devotions ended the day.

We are Thankful for this teaching opportunity!

 

Leon, Lori, Jessica, and DaveP1070111

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Shamattawa Team Tuesday 7-19-16

admin : July 20, 2016 4:02 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Shamattawa Team Tuesday 7-19-16

Morning has broken and it’s a beautiful day in Shamattawa. Sunshine and cool here. Quiet in town today. Still preparing a bit for the afternoon crafts etc. One of the older kids Dyrell showed up at the door this morning wanting to visit. Somehow the kids find us no matter where we are. We have not stayed in the same place twice in 8 years, but somehow word gets around. After lunch, we prepared for the VBS kids to start coming. Once again we will be outside as no schoolroom or inside area available. It’s good that we have had no rain during the teaching time.  Paul and Silas in prison, was the lesson for the day. We learned about how God protects us even in the most desperate situations. The craft for the day was making a “sin chain”, where the children made a paper chain with sins written on each link, then attached to the cross on the fence. After class today the Mennonite missionaries that are in town held a free hot dog feed for the kids, and or anyone who wanted to come. That went until 5:00. Supper at 6:00, then Preteen Bible Study until 9:00 or so. The lesson prep after that until 10:00, Devotions and bedtime for some by 10:30. Others up later.

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Shamattawa Team Monday 7-18-16

admin : July 20, 2016 3:55 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

5 Monday 7-18-16

Morning has arrived in Shamattawa now 7:00 A.M. and all is calm. Spent some time this morning organizing photos and journal information for the slide presentation. Breakfast is being prepared by Dave once again, thanks Dave!. After Breakfast, we went to the Band Office to check in with the Chief and the council. We then found that the Band Office was closed through Wednesday. Only one council member Rodrick Miles was in the office. He did allow us to use the internet access while we were there for about an hour. After he left we were still able to use the WiFi outside.

We returned to the teacherage for lunch, then started getting ready for the afternoon session of Vacation Bible School. Our Lesson today is about Jesus and Woman at the well. Dennis Ouellette , our Pastor Pilot flew into the community to check in with us. He stayed through the VBS time, then flew out back to Red Lake about 5:00. He needed to stop at Island Lake for fuel on the way, before going home to Red Lake. After Dennis left we stopped by the Northern Store for  few items before Supper. Kids coming again 7:00, so ate supper, then prepared for the evening.

Preteen Bible Study 11 girls and 2 boys. For the evening. After Bible Study, we went through our evening devotion and evening prayer, then to bed.IMG_4896

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Shamattawa Team- Sunday 7/17

admin : July 18, 2016 3:54 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Day 3
July 17, 2016

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Some rose early, like 6:30 AM. Others a little later. Breakfast was prepared by Dave. Eggs ,pancakes, and toast. A friend Howard Canabe who has had his children in our Vacation Bible School stopped by for a visit this morning. He now works for the Shamattawa Band doing city maintenance.  When 1:00 came we still had no place to hold our VBS, so we utilized the outdoors. Today we had 46 children in our class. We learned about who Jesus is, and the children followed along with a story of creation through Jesus ascension. We sang the song “Jesus Is Our SuperHero”, as well some of the children’s other favorites. Today we finished by 3:30, it had rained just a little during our teaching time, but not enough to spoil the class time. After our evening meal at 7:00 we had a preteen Bible study with about 4-5 boys and 8 girls, using a study guide about making proper choices in today’s world. When the kids were gone and it was quiet again, it was lesson prep time for Monday’s lesson. It’s now 11:45 PM and closing in on time to turn in for the night. Morning will come to us soon enough. It’s time to rest and sleep.

We are thankful for the many children who came today.

Leon, Lori, Dave, and Jessica

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Shamattawa Team- Saturday 7/16

admin : July 18, 2016 3:40 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Day 2
July 16, 2016

Up at the crack of dawn, the church ladies came at 5:30 to make breakfast for the four of us. A “FULL” breakfast it was. Eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes, sausage, juice, and Tim Horton’s coffee. We left Grand Rapids shortly after breakfast at about 7:00 AM. Drove as far as Ponton, a small junction café and gas station. After a quick stop there, we continued on to Thompson, arriving there by 10:45. A quick stop for lunch then to the airport. Unloading the car, checking in luggage and getting the parking permit for the car was next. The plane bound for Shamattawa left at 12:15. As I write this we are in the air, and will probably arrive about 1:30. Then on to getting settled in to our housing for the week.

Roy Miles was waiting at the airport for us in his truck, he took us around with him to look for a key for the teacherage and for the school as we still have no place to live just yet, or a place to hold the VBS. By 4:30  or so we were settled in to #16 and stated cleaning. Some went to the store to get a few supplies. A storm went through rained really hard and the wind was strong.

We prepared our lesson for the Sunday teaching day, then popcorn and devotions is our usual ritual until bedtime.

Shamattawa Team,

Leon,Lori,Dave, and Jessica

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Shamattawa Team- Friday 7/15

admin : July 18, 2016 3:31 pm : LAMP 2016 Blog

Day 1
July 15, 2016
Travel Day

Shamattawa team left Fergus Falls at about 8:30 AM Friday Morning heading north to the Canadian border. Passing through Fargo, Grand Forks and Pembina, we hit the border by about 12:30 PM, almost to the minute of the time we crossed last year in 2015. The border crossing was uneventful, but did get called in to go over the paperwork once again as in past years. Then on our way towards Winnipeg, stopping there for lunch at McDonalds.

Heading north towards Grand Rapids we stopped for gas at Ashern Manitoba. Then another 2 hrs of driving we made it to Grand Rapids by 7:00 PM, then topped off the tank to  be ready for Saturday morning take off to Thompson.

The Chinese restaurant in Grand Rapids was just closing at 7:30, but welcomed us to stay and eat. Very good food! The time is now 10:07 PM and we are settled in to the Catholic Church fellowship hall for the night. The carpet on the floor helps cushion the older bones, so are thankful for that.

As Saturday morning arrives, the church ladies have a breakfast planned for us before we leave for Thompson. Our planned arrival in Thompson is 11:00 AM with our plane for Shamattawa departing at 1:00.

Thanks for travelling with us to Shamattawa. More to follow tomorrow.

Leon, Lori, Dave, and Jessica

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