Whitecourt, Alberta - Wednesday

Fred and Margaret Dibben picked me up from my hotel in Edmonton, Alberta this morning and drove me to Whitecourt, Alberta.  Whitecourt is northwest of Edmonton up in oil and lumber country.  Fred called it the “bush”!  I’ve never been this far north before on my trips to Canada.  They don’t even have snow yet, but I hear that Calgary which is south of Edmonton is getting some snow already.  I will stop in Calgary at the end of my Canadian tour.

Dibbens Family with DavidThe drive took us about 2 hours.  We are staying at Fred and Margaret’s son’s home.  Dwayne and Tracy Dibben adopted David from GLA and brought him home to Canada shortly after the earthquake in 2010.  Some of you will remember that Fred was our volunteer who went through the back window of John’s truck last February and had to have emergency surgery in Haiti.  He is all healed and doing well now.

Since noon, when we arrived in Whitecourt, I have been interviewed on the radio, by the newspaper, and also spoke at the Whitecourt Baptist Church!  About 70 people came to watch the video and participate in a dessert night for GLA.  It was nice seeing and visiting with everyone.  Several people had been to Haiti back in February on a team of workers from this church, so I knew several people!

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The church set up a tent city in the entry way and it was a great idea how they showed people what it is like to like in a tent!  I wonder if people realize just how awful it is living in a tent where the temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees?? 




Kimberson and Geraldine KowallI was surprised when Geraldine Kowall and her GLA son, Kimberson came to the church tonight.  I had just been talking about her and Kimberson with Wendy Kittlitz in British Columbia when I was there.  Wendy had done Geraldine’s homestudy many years ago.  Geraldine brought Kimberson home in 2001 and he will soon be 11 years old.  It is very nice to see how big the children have grown especially when it has been 7 years since I saw him last.

Tomorrow, I speak at 2 schools and then head to another town north of Edmonton where I will be speaking again tomorrow night.  It’s almost midnight, I better get some sleep.  My days are starting to run together.  I had to look at my watch to figure out what day of the week today is! Winking smile


1. Friday is the end of the Giving of Life campaign.  Please vote for GLA by going to www.givingoflife.com and registering and voting with each email address that you have.  We really promoted it today and we have watched the votes going up tonight! We hope people continue to vote for GLA.  A nice big grant will help the orphanage so much!  Please vote if you haven’t done so already.

2. Thank you to everyone who reads my blogs and tells me about errors in my writing so I can go back and change them!  I am thankful someone found the error that was in my post about our little HIV positive baby that was admitted last week!  (I corrected the error)  Sometimes when I write on the blog, I’m tired and it’s very late at night.  I miss some of my mistakes when I read back over what I wrote.  So thank you.

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Kathy Barnett wrote:
Dixie: You are one special person for the work you do.

Thu, November 3, 2011 @ 10:36 AM

2. Jocelyne Gauvreau wrote:
Praying for you dear woman of God!

Thu, November 3, 2011 @ 10:56 AM

3. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Keeping you in prayers Dixie. So wonderful to hear about Whitecourt. Not only did I meet the team when they were at GLA in Feb. but my brother-in-law was the minister of the thriving United Church in Whitecourt and initially retired there as well. He loved Whitecourt and we had several wonderful visits there. No snow in this part of Ontario yet! Looking forward to seeing you in another week blessings,

Thu, November 3, 2011 @ 10:49 PM

4. Colleen and Jussi wrote:
Sorry we missed the BC tour but praying for God's provision as you speak, His protection as you travel, and His love to uphold you as each day runs into another. Colleen for Jussi too

Fri, November 4, 2011 @ 9:15 AM

5. Heidi Werdal wrote:
Hi Dixie, My name is Heidi. I've been following the GLA blogs for a while now, I just don't comment much:) My 9 year old son Benjamin was touched by the earthquake. Specifically though, it was about a month after the earthquake when the blog was telling how Haiti wasn't in the news as much anymore & that they still needed so much help. He decided he wanted to help. He has been raising money (along with his younger brother & sister who he got on board) ever since to send specifically to GLA. When I heard you were in Canada I didn't dream you'd come anywhere near us. A couple of weeks ago, a friend who is looking to adopt from you guys told me that you'll be in Didsbury (only 40 minutes away)! My kids (especially Benjamin) would be sooo thrilled to meet you & I'm wondering if anyone is welcome to stop by or if you just like to have adoptive families there. I can't remember when you are in Didsbury (& my friend is away), so if you could let me know if it would be alright to stop by & when it is that would be great. Just to be able to chat with you for 5 or 10 minutes would make it so much more real for my kids...but only if it works:) Thanks so much! Heidi

Fri, November 4, 2011 @ 5:01 PM

6. Dixie wrote:
Hi Heidi, Everyone is invited to come to Zion Evangelical Missionary Church in Didsbury, Alberta at 7 PM November 18 (Friday) for a Dessert with Dixie night. I would love to meet you and your children. dixie

Fri, November 4, 2011 @ 5:08 PM

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