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Williams Lake, B.C., Weekly Report, May 16-June 1, 2018

June 7, 2018

Forest fires devastated the region of Williams Lake, British Columbia in July of 2017. Before the embers were cold, Ross Penner, the MDS Canada operations coordinator, was already responding to the situation. Through April of this year there were many subsequent visits to set the stage for another MDS project.

Susan and I, traveling in a caravan of four vehicles and trailers, left Alberta on May 16th for Williams Lake. Cariboo Bethel Church in Williams Lake generously offered the use of the lower level of the church. By adding a shower trailer donated by Samaritans Purse our volunteer centre was complete. Thanks to Dave Loewen for not only preparing all trucks and trailers but helping with all the set-up.

The project had two new rebuilds signed up, and a third one has since been approved. Volunteer work started on May 18th. After two weeks the first home for Joan Scheffler has the basement in and framing has started. The Jim and Sue Carlson house, which is an hour’s drive west from Williams Lake, is ready for ICF block.

The first two weeks have allowed for an amazing connection with this community. Wherever we connect with suppliers, trades, and neighbours, the response to our mission of hope is wonderful.

The first two weeks all our volunteers have been from B.C. They are fully embracing the needs in their own back yard. They were from Kelowna, Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Kamloops.

Yesterday, when we were leaving the Carlson site at the end of the day, the volunteers observed Jim and his granddaughter high–fiving each other in celebration of what was happening at their home.  When this was shared during morning devotions, many tears were shed. It is good to be an MDS volunteer.

Thanks to Joan, Robert, Gerald, Sha’, Dennis, Reg, Abe & Shirley, and Mark for all the hard effort you put out.

Peter and Susan Thiessen

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