Monday – September 17, 2012
17.09.2012 - 17.09.2012 73 °F
Today we drove the 2.5 hours from Chateauguay to Ottawa. It was a beautiful drive. The leaves have just started to turn colors. We arrived at the home of Marc and Kim Wyatt who greeted us with open and welcoming arms. Lunch was wonderful and then we quickly made our way to Dymond Storage. Before leaving the house, Marc and Kim showed us the carport where the furniture storage began and brought us back to 2007 when God’s plan was set into motion. The Dymond Storage is large, indoors and heated for the freezing days. The company proved three storage spaces around the city at no cost to the ministry. The storage units are unlocked and available to anyone who needs furniture or other items inside. Workers may come at any time to pick up needed items. We had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan, Operations Manager who is committed to serving the needs of the community.
We were excited to go to the Furniture Bank in Ottawa. The Wyatts helped facilitate the organization of the bank. It is now run by a board of directors, 3 employees, and lots of volunteers. We met David who is the manager and several volunteers.
The bank collects furniture and household items by donations from individuals and businesses, estate sales and yard sales. Families then make appointments to come to pick out furniture and household items at no cost to the family. If the family has no way to take the furniture themselves, the bank arranges delivery within a few days. It’s amazing to realize the magnitude of the need in Ottawa when 35-40 families per week are served by the furniture bank. While there we had the pleasure of helping to unpack some boxes that had arrived that day from an estate sale.
We meet the face of Matthew House Ottawa. At long last we got to see the house our children and church has supported through the Ride for Refuge. Jim and Barbara were thrilled to meet one of the couples staying there. They arrived 4 days ago from Ukraine. O & O were preparing for their first interview with immigration officials the next day. We enjoyed sitting to talk with them while the group toured the house. The group met R from Cameroon who was preparing to move into his own space to be more independent.
We went for “tea” at Tim Horton’s restaurant. It’s a big chain of coffee/pastry/fast food shops across Canada. (Tim Horton is a famous hockey player in Canada.) We had a great conversation with Marc and Kim about what it means to support and encourage a church and pastor working in Canada. We talked about the isolation that Christians often feel in a society of mostly non-Christians who are sometime hostile to the Christianity.
` After sandwiches at the Wyatts, we went out to drive around the city. Marc and Kim pointed out sights for us to see as we tour the city on Tuesday. We stopped for Beavertails—flat fried pastries that are topped with several choices such as sugar/cinnamon, Nutella, fruit, etc. Yum, yum!
Time to rest to get ready for the next day.