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.
The 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!
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??
I 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!
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.
Posted on Thu, November 3, 2011