My day started with a prayer breakfast.
While Cerwin and Dennis went to the chapel to finish the set up, I went with Helen to their monthly prayer breakfast. Dan had gone earlier to do some preparations.
We discovered it a short time after setting the date, so you will get to see some pictures later in the week, because we have tickets for Monday afternoon and evening – along with several other TFC staff.
Chaplain Sam McIntosh gave an interesting update on what is happening at their chapel in Edmonton. Because of ownership changes and town ordinances, they were asked to remove the chapel; then they could stay but had to pay some unusual permits; then they had to leave; and then they could stay but pay electric and rent – which is pretty much where they are today with that chapel.
After breakfast some of the men went to help Cerwin and Dennis install electric, lights, another awning, and a variety of other things that are required in setting up a chapel.
We visited over tea and prepared pot roast for supper – after Dan called to say he had six men coming for supper.
Cerwin is happy that set-up went well and the chapel is ready for the dedication service on Sunday afternoon.
It was a delightful, restful day for me.
After everyone had gone home, we had a great visit with Dan and Helen – learning how God called them to serve with TFC and the painful details of the death of their oldest son (a preacher) who died just a few weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Their youngest daughter had previously drowned when she was with a group of Bible school young people. They were photographing a river in the Canadian Rockies when a rock gave way and she fell into the rushing waters.
Dan told how he and their youngest son were trucking together when they got the news of her drowning. They were in the Vancouver area and neither felt that they could make the drive home. Then they stopped at the chapel at Chilliwack for prayer, where both men broke down crying when they stepped inside. Chaplain Mike Foisy ministered to them, through Christ gave them strength to go on, and set up an all-night prayer vigil for the family – especially these two men.
Oh, how pleased I am to be serving with this amazing ministry.