The Journey…

Dear and I packed up early on Wednesday morning and headed across the line to Canada.

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We found our way to Central Heights Mennonite Church to attend the Celebration of Life for Kathy’s (one of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook) dear father. After the service Dear and I headed to Bakerview MB church and found the other Mennonite Girls and their spouses for the reception. One of the things we learned about Kathy’s father Helmut during the many tributes expressed about him was that he had the “gift of encouragement” along with other “gifts”. We think our Kathy has received this “gift” and learned a lot about how to share this gift because of her dad. Here’s an email from Kathy’s dad to his kids after he learned to use email in 2015.

“Let’s remember that , ‘Godliness with contentment is great gain.’ We are totally dependent on the Lord for life and breath and the service we are to render to our family members and other folk. One of my challenging verses that JESUS gave us is recorded in Mark 10:45. ‘For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and give HIS life as a ransom for many.’ Let us be faithful servants, managing our time, talents and resources well. God help us to be good witnesses for HIS glory. Love you all lots and pray for you daily. Dad/Helmut”

What a treasure to have a legacy of a faithful father to pass on. We know you will miss your dear dad, Kathy, but that you also rejoice because he is home with his savior.

After the reception Dear and I found our way to Anneliese’s home where she and her dear H treated us to a nice dinner before we headed to our next big event.

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We followed H and Anneliese to the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, B.C. where our newly released book, Bread for the Journey, was to be dedicated and launched.

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We were met by two bouquets of flowers lovingly and thoughtfully sent by friends of the MGCC girls. Thank you so much Richard, Dorothy, and Rosella.

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Under watchful eyes Anneliese prepared for the Zwieback demonstration.

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Judy and Lovella’s hubbies maned the parking lot helping our guests find a place to park.

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A wonderful crowd appeared and watched carefully as Anneliese showed her method of making Zwieback. Lovella helped with the narration.

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Each of the seven of us who could be at the museum had our part to play. Some of us read from our family stories and some of us read one of our devotionals.

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I made my confessions and read a brief story about my family’s “Movement” from Russia, to Iran and finally to the U.S.A. I’m not going to lie, I was happy when my “spotlight” moment was done.

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After we were done with our stories and devotionals we had a special treat of music. We were blessed with Father’s Daughter singing “Little is much when God is in it”.  Wonderfully musically talented family.

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Here’s what Lovella had to say about these moments caught in the collage above. “I wanted to read the dedication at the end before Gerry prayed but just couldn’t even get it out.  My heart was so full.  Gerry couldn’t read it because he didn’t have his glasses so he borrowed mine to read.” Lovella was hoping someone captured these moments and Bev’s husband Harv did so I borrowed his photos.

The dedication reads: “We dedicate this book and our royalties to orphans and widows who face each day in need. Our prayer is that they would see the love of Jesus extended through caring hands, one home and one heart at a time.

After reading the dedication with Lovella’s glasses, Gerry prayed a prayer for God’s blessings on our book.

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We signed books for anyone who wanted us to while the great crowd that attended enjoyed coffee and Zwieback.

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We were surprised at the number of people who showed up and also surprised that the museum store was soon sold out of our book.

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At the end of the evening we took some group photos. We always wish the 10 of us could all be together for these special events but miles and life events have a way of keeping some of us away.

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All of our hearts were full from the beautiful blessings we enjoyed on this day in Abbotsford.

Some of the photos in this post were taken by Bev’s husband. Thanks for sharing Bev. Some were taken by my Dear and myself.

Dear and I crossed the border into the USA at 9 pm and were home in bed before midnight. We are generally early to bed people. Today is a day of recuperating for me and I have another confession to make and that is that I am still in my robe and it is the afternoon already! Oops! I running upstairs now to get ready for the rest of the day!

12 thoughts on “The Journey…

  1. Thank you, Ellen for highlighting this day for all of us in such detail! I love how you grouped the photos and enjoyed going over it – after the fact. You were not the only one happy when your part was done. =) So thankful for how it went!

  2. Lovely to see the turn-out. All hearts must have been full knowing the goodness of a loving God.

    I am sorry to read of Kathy’s loss. Her dad was a sweet man; what I know of him was through her blog where he was featured a time or two or three. A good daddy is a great blessing.

  3. Oh Ellen….it’s with tears of sadness but mostly of joy that I read this post. It really touched me to see you and your dear at my dad’s service and reception. The day was truly filled with celebration. Though I could not be at the book celebration my heart was divided in the two places I love…but I belonged with my family that evening as we ended a full day of just being together. I loved that Ed Fast was one of my dad’s friends who gave a tribute to him at the reception and then knowing he was going to be at the book signing….my heart rejoiced in this too. God is so good! I’m feeling richly blessed. Rosella’s gift of flowers was gracious given to me after the signing. Thank you Rosella and my dear sisters for allowing me to have them sit on my dining table. They are such a wonderful reminder of the journey we have been on together and the support we have had from Rosella….a dear friend and others. Thanks Ellen for this peek into the evening.

  4. Thank you for taking us along on this very special day, Ellen. You have really given us a sense of the rhythm of the day.

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