August Newsletter

Roger is capably demonstrating his knowledge of airplane construction during craft time at South Indian Lake. A Year of Triumphs among Challenges
It has been a year of mechanical problems and bad weather, but the Lord is faithful!  Ontario and Manitoba have temporarily lost two of our key tools for the majority of our summer ministry - our planes.  Dennis, Andrew and myself are making contingency plans upon contingency plans, and we have been able to get where we needed to be although it took considerable more time, thousands of additional kms on the road and a few commercial flights.  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!OUR TEAMS ARE AMAZING
LAMP is blessed with having teams who are committed to and love the communities where they serve.  As I travel from place to place I see so many smiling faces - from both the children and the volunteers alike.  And then many tears when it becomes time for the team to leave - from both child and volunteer.  We praise God that we have so many voluntee…

July Newsletter

LAMP's Summer Ministry has begun!! This is a picture from the first day of VBS at Leaf Rapids, Manitoba.

FLY! Forever Loving You
LAMP's VBS theme this year is aptly titled "FLY! Forever Loving You,"

The Children will be reminded that: God Loves Everyone!, God's Love Rules!, God's Love Never Changes, God's Love Shows Itself in Action and God's Love is the Best Gift of All.SUMMER MINISTRIES Our teams will be in the following communities:
Week of July 1 - Leaf Rapids, Wollaston Lake
Week of July 8 - South Indian Lake, Thompson, Deschambault
Week of July 15 - Brochet, Lynn Lake, Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay
Week of July 22 - Easterville, Tadoule Lake
Week of July 29 - Cormorant, Lac Brochet, Moose Lake, York Landing
Week of August 19 - Churchill

Please keep these teams in your thoughts and prayers.  May they have a fruitful and safe time in the community which they love. PRAYER: Thanks so much for your prayers and support!  Please pray for: The communities and teams as n…


Kim and I would like to thank you all for your ongoing prayer and support.  On May 22, I experienced my first emergency landing.  Now don’t get me wrong, if you have to do this type of landing – this is the best scenario to have.  As we were climbing after take-off from Flin Flon when Andrew noticed that the plane was handling funny, and that the landing gear was not fully retracted.  He unsuccessfully tried to engage the landing gear.  This was the most stressful moment, when I looked out the window and did not see any wheels there.  As a precaution, Air Traffic Control called out the emergency vehicles which were located 20 minutes away in Flin Flon.  As we approached the landing strip, Andrew was able to reset the breaker, and lower the landing gear (PTL).  I felt quite relieved to have wheels under us, but we still had to follow a number of other procedures and hold our collective breaths.  It was reassuring to me that there were many redundancy systems in place and that Andrew is…

March Newsletter

2018 IS HERE, AND GORD IS ALREADY ON THE ROAD! Rocky and I just spent a week on the roads of Northern Manitoba visiting the communities of Grand Rapids, Thompson, Pikwitonei, Flin Flon and Cormorant.  We were also able to connect with folks from Leaf Rapids, Moose Lake and South Indian Lake.  The weather was extremely cold, but the people were warm and welcoming.  When I arrived in Thompson, I realized that I did not have a proper parka (I'm such a city boy!), but I was able to get an incredible deal at Canadian Tire at 73% off (PTL)!  The following day it was -43C (no wind), and the next day it was -51C with wind chill.  I was (somewhat) warm and toasty. PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES! LAMP is blessed to serve the remote communities of Northern Manitoba.  In order to get staff and teams to these communities, we literally use planes, trains and automobiles.  Even when there is a road, sometimes it is only one by definition only.  This is a picture of the ice road into Pikwitonei - M…

November Newsletter

September and October proved to be incredibly busy months!  Three times each year I visit or touch base with all of the 17 communities in my area (spring, summer and fall).  During these visits I establish and build relationships with the community leadership so that they can be served in the most effective manner.  Additionally, in the spring I make arrangements for the summer ministry; in the summer I visit the teams as they conduct their various programs; and in the fall I check with the community to see how everything went during the summer and begin making arrangements for the following year.

It was unanimous!  As I was doing the autumn follow-up, it became very apparent that the leadership in each community were thrilled with their team's ministry and are looking forward to seeing them again next year.  All of the teams were fantastic! Gift of Jackets for the North - Samsonite Canada graciously donated around 900 new jackets to be distributed among those who are of need. It wa…

October Newsletter

Welcome to my next season of serving Christ through LAMP!  After faithfully serving as the Executive Director of Missionfest Manitoba for fourteen years, the Lord chose to shake up my life and called me to northern missions through LAMP.  My duties include building relationships with seventeen communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  This entails the recruitment and positioning of teams in each of these communities who will provide a number of programs which will proclaim the hope of the Gospel and strengthen the Christian presence in the Canadian North. SUMMER 2017 - My first summer was absolutely amazing!  I felt the Lord smiling as each of the teams soared as they conducted their summer ministry programs.  There were many, many fantastic moments during the summer.  The teams conducted a Vacation Bible School (VBS) in each of the seventeen communities.  There were also a numbe…

WEEK TWO – “The Busy Week”

WEEK TWO (Teams are serving in Easterville, Grand Rapids, South Indian Lake, Thompson, York Landing and Deschambault)

Week Two will be the busiest week of the summer for Andrew and myself!  This summer there are 39 Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) conducted by LAMP.  Seventeen of these are in my area of Northwestern Manitoba and Northeastern Saskatchewan.  There were six of these VBS’s this week in Easterville, Grand Rapids, South Indian Lake, Thompson, York Landing and Deschambault.  Andrew and I enjoyed visiting the teams in each of these communities and lending a hand whenever we could.  


Hours of preparation by each team and the LAMP staff went into each VBS, and one only has to look into the faces of the children to see that it was all worthwhile!


The cornerstone of our summer ministry is the VBS.  This year, we are teaching the children about God’s grace.  Through stories, song, crafts and games, northern children are shown how much the Lor…