Living the Vancouver Life
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
61Trip End Jun 07, 2010
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Bridget had been through so much in her life- her husband Jack and felt called to go to Afghanistan- and after months of prayer and planning, they booked their flights for September 11, 2001
So the rest of my week: on Monday Rebekka, Taylor and I elected to go back to Joanna and Wade's for dinner, which was great- despite only ever seeing them once a fortnight or so, they're such lovely people we always feel welcomed like old friends
Tuesday afternoon we had prayer stations again- which was, as expected, totally different to last week. Rebekka and I paired off and spent the first 40 minutes prayer walking around the area, which actually went really quickly. We then got stationed- and 5 minutes in, a homeless guy came to talk and talk and talk to us- for the next 35 minutes! So I did enjoy that- although it wasn't really what we were meant to be doing, I thought out of all the people I'd want to talk to on the Drive, that afternoon, he was probably it. Then in the evening I swung by Chilliwagon in the park to see how the guys were doing. I spent most of the next hour talking to Glen- who I'd spoken to quite a lot in the past, and was totally heartbroken at the change in his appearance, coherence and sobriety. I don't understand how so much could have changed in just 2 weeks but I knew that it didn't make a bit of difference- I was sad for the way things had turned out, but he was just Glen to me, not some drunk on the streets. I really appreciate having the opportunity to get to know these guys, week on week, being able to talk to them rather than just walk by them on the street. We later found out that he was taken into hospital that night as he was so inebriated he could no longer stand up.
On Wednesday afternoon we got out the classroom to go to Yaletown- which is a cool part of town, converted industrial buildings, best restaurants in town, designer boutiques, expensive apartments etc etc. Parts of it really reminded me of Spitalfields in London, you get the picture. However, it was chucking it down, which made strolling around the flooding streets a little less enjoyable! But we recovered with a debrief over a gingerbread latte and banana bread. Happy days.
On Thursday evening, we all went over to Pam's house in Burnaby for a pie party in celebration of Thanksgiving and Rene, one of the staff members, who's returning to Oregon. We ate lots of pie, gave Rene her leaving gift, wrote little goodbye notes and prayers of encouragement for her to take with her when she leaves next week.
Friday was a bit of an unusual day- there's a local group called Fusion who have been working with local schools to organise Advent Pagents, which happen all over the world. The kids get dressed up, parade around a shopping mall singing Christmas Carols and then act out the nativity for the parents and passer-bys. Since we might be organising similar events for our outreach in Jan, we thought we'd help out, so dressed as shepherds, wise men and angels, we descended on Kingsgate mall for the afternoon. Honestly, I felt a little redundant, and like it was far too early to be doing Christmas stuff (it's not even December yet!!) but I enjoyed attempting some facepainting (even if my eagle looked more like a duck.)
I babysat most of Saturday, went to church on Sunday morning and did the shopping for a Christmas hamper my small group are putting together for a family in Vancouver affected by AIDS. Went to a coffee shop with Anne, and am currently watching Ancel and Nathan play ice hockey, despite it being 10:20pm. I am sleepy. Most of my entries seem to end like this, but there we go, it's Sunday night and I have another long week ahead!