Wed, Aug 29, 2012
The cadets of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection session have been stationed across Canada to participate in the communities and lives of Salvation Army Corps, throughout the summer. We have asked them to tell us about their experiences so far. Cadets Dusty and Laurie Sauder, along with their children Elaina and Aryton, spent the summer in Chilliwack, BC.
The summer has gone by in a whirlwind. It is hard to believe that we are back to the books in only a couple of weeks. Chilliwack for the summer has been a great training ground. If you want to see a place that has a vast variety to its ministry Chilliwack is the place to be. We have had the privilege of experiencing a ministry unit that includes: Church, Family Service, Soup Kitchen, Thrift Store, Day Care, Non- Residential Addictions Program, a 14 bed Emergency Shelter for women, men and youth, Corrections and Justice Services, Emergency Disaster Services and Third Party Cheque Administration Contract. We have had the opportunity to provide leadership in Sunday Morning services, attend and join in prayer with congregation members, and to share in the celebration of the Retirement of Officers whom have given 44 years of active service to the Lord together. We have participated in operations team meetings, taken 35 children to Camp Sunrise, helped with a Sports Camp at the Church, helped prepare for an upcoming accreditation, stood on Kettles for Christmas in July and so much more.
We have mixed feelings about getting back into the van, which we have affectionately named “stone magnet,” to drive home from the majesty of the mountains to the simple elegance of the prairies.
We are so grateful for our time in Chilliwack, for God’s faithfulness in our lives and for the joy our children found here over the summer. We anticipate great things in our upcoming years of service in the Army.
Special thanks to Majors Lynda and Larry Farley for sharing your wisdom and time. To Shirlie and Arnold Caruk for opening your home to our family and blessing us beyond words, and to the Salvation Army Chilliwack Community Church ministries family for embracing us in the spirit of Ministry. Our prayer is that we may continue to serve the Lord with gladness, declaring the hope that comes from Christ all the days of our lives. Amen.