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FC: Kingcome,British Columbia Mission Trip June 30 - July 11, 2011
1: "Down to the River to Pray" As I went down in the river to pray Studying about that good ol' way And who shall wear the starry crown? Good Lord show me the way! O sisters let's go down, Let's go down, come on down O sisters let's go down Down in the river to pray As I went down in the river to pray Studying about that good ol' way And who should wear the robe & crown? Good Lord, show me the way O brothers let's go down Let's go down, come on down O brothers let's go down Down in the river to pray
2: Nooksack Falls, Glacier Washington | Our first full day on our adventure was spent driving from Seattle to Abbotsford. We had spent the night in a motel near the SeaTac airport.
4: Joy had to wait for us in the baggage claim in Seattle for 6 hours because she had to take an earlier flight.
5: Our second night was spent at Emmaunuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, BC | We had our MDS orientation here and a great pizza dinner.
6: Early the next morning, July 2, we boarded the ferry for the 2 hour ride to Vancouver Island.
8: It was a bit cold and windy on the outside deck of the ferry.
10: Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
11: We spent quite a while exploring this beach. Crabs, Gooey Ducks, and Bald Eagles!
12: Our kids saw some other beach goers digging for Gooey Ducks (a large clam) and had to try it themselves. After several failed attempts, they did manage to get a few out of the sand. They can burrow really fast if they feel threatened! | Two bald eagles in the same tree posing for photos.
13: "Bonnie, this is how you do it!" - spoken by Doug just before he hops a wall and lands flat on his back. Not really how you're supposed to do it:)
14: After spending the night at Black Creek Mennonite Brethern Church, we drove to Port McNeil to board the Naiad on Sunday July 3. | In addition to our luggage, the MDS supplies and food for the entire month went on the boat.
15: Captain Bill told us what to expect during this part of our journey. Peter & Dorothy Regehr were our MDS Group Leaders, Irene Klassen was the cook and Darin Bontrager, intern.
16: During the ride to the float platform, we saw a whale, sea lions, an eagle and dolphins. The pod of about 40 dolphins followed in the wake of the boat for 20 minutes, putting on a private performance for us! A memory we will all have for a lifetime. | Frogman Greg
17: The float platform. | All our supplies came off the Naiad and on to these little boats to go up river into Kingcome.
18: Arriving in Kingcome. | We were greeted by Marley. | Kingcome was flooded in Sept 2010 when the toe of a glacier, 20 miles upriver, broke off after days of heavy rain. Twelve feet of water rushed into the village. Piles of debris can still be seen on the river bank in some areas. This is the reason we are here with MDS, to help these people restore their damaged homes.
19: This is Les Dawson's house. We put the finishing touches on it so they could move back in. | Doug the plumber. | Wendell the drywaller.
20: Joe Willie's house needed gutted, down to the studs, then new dry wall installed.
21: Lot's of hard work was done in this house too. (And they found a few surprises!)
22: Austin and Denise worked at clearing brush outside Joe Willy's house. It was over their heads! | Joy learned to dry wall.
23: Heading back to the school for showers after a long day of work. | Bryce and Wendell - goofing off:)
24: Some of the kids bathed in the river a couple nights. COLD GLACIER WATER!!!
25: Silly game, knock the camera over with your nose. Bonnie could do it, but not many others!
26: Meal times around the table were spent chatting about our day and projects. | Not sure why everyone thought Bonnie's boots were funny!!
28: The oldest Big House in the world is in Kingcome, but it is no longer used. | Marley and 4 other dogs were our constant companions.
29: Our youth made friends with the village kids right away, and many nights met on the soccer field to play games.
30: Our group was invited into their Big House twice. Once to hear a music practice and another time for a community meal. Great food, roast beef, salmon and lots of desserts!
31: Bryce and Nikki | Alice fell asleep in Bonnie's arms after the meal. | Greg chatting with Joe Willie
32: More soccer with Darin as goalie. | Marley was a good soccer player. Great at keeping the ball away!
33: We were invited to the Medical Center for a meal, so we sang a few songs for them. | A doctor comes by helicopter every 2 weeks. | The Kingcome Post Office.
34: Les and Kenny took us up the river to a magnificent water fall.
35: We could see the mist and hear the water fall long before we could see it. We all got very wet.
36: They fished facing the falls. Les caught the two that Darin is holding.
37: Dylan had to pour the water out of his boots. | Sonya, a good sister, helped Bryce get the feeling back in his feet.
38: After leaving the falls, Les took us to a couple spots for the kids to do more fishing.
39: Loggers built this bridge, but the flood washed away the road.
40: Pics from inside the flood damaged Anglican church. Doug is pointing to the high water mark.
41: No renovations have been done to the church yet, so the only way in and out was by ladder.
42: Several nights there was a campfire for roasting marshmallows. | Sonya with Alice and her mom Lulu.
43: Emily and Nikki always wanted to hang out with Bryce. | Doug showed the girls pictures of Bonnie's cats that were on her phone.
44: Our final day in Kingcome we went down to the river to pray for those we had met and for the continued MDS work in the village.
45: Dance party! | Greg played Angry Birds with these two little boys. | Dorothy, Becky and Peter
46: We finished Les' house so he and his daugher Alexis and wife Sue could move back in soon after we left.
47: Sue is ill with ovarian cancer and was anxious to get back in her own home. | Lulu and all her girls: Emily Nikki & Alice.
48: Dylan carried Nikki all the way to the end of the village where we loaded into the boats. | Sarita with Joy, Denise and Alice.
49: Anytime we went anywhere by boat, Kenny was one of the captains. | Shooting at.....???
50: We all got to ride in Les' dug out canoe. One trip there were 12 people in it.
51: These drawings are near the float platform.
52: One last look at the place we had all grown to love. Goodbye Kingcome Inlet! | July 10, leaving Victoria on the Black Ball Ferry Line, heading for Washington. | Becky bought the kids candy and the general store we discovered in Kingcome part way thru the week! The owner bagged it in plastic gloves.
53: After the ferry ride, we drove to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park for a picnic lunch with some very friendly deer and birds! | Group hug for Becky:)
54: These birds ate right out of our hands.
55: Bonnie paid Wendell back for the snow he put down her back - with a little help from Greg!