It has been a very full spring season up at Gem Lake Wilderness Camp, located in Nopiming Provincial Park, 250 km North of Winnipeg (past Lac du Bonnet). I just returned from the second of two work weekends hosting more than 35 volunteers who reshingled one of our largest buildings and helped to get camp cleaned up and ready to go for our summer program. Earlier I also had five guys up for a week when we added an addition to one of our existing buildings, giving us extra storage and housing for cooks in the summer and almost doubling the heated bed spaces for winter camps. I was a framing carpenter in my early 20’s and it was so much fun to be part of a building crew again, especially working alongside my son Josh who is now a journeyman carpenter. My back continues to heal and is not slowing me down much anymore. The weather during our building project and during the shingling weekend was amazing. Praise God for that!
My partner Matt has been working diligently planning the camp program and Mini-church talks. Our theme this summer is “The Family of God,” emphasizing the truths that God wants to adopt you into his family, what it means to be part of God’s family and why you should be part of His family. Even though many of the families in our community are far from healthy, family is still highly valued. Pray that the image of belonging to the family of God will really connect with the hearts of our campers this summer and that the Holy Spirit will work in a mighty way. Pray that our staff team will have boldness in sharing their faith with the campers.
Thanks again for your prayers, financial support and encouragement. The things that happen up at Gem Lake are far beyond what we are able to do on our own. We are blessed with the privilege of coming alongside what God is doing in the hearts of youth of the North End of Winnipeg. Thanks for being part of the team that allows this to happen.
Gord and Beckie Klassen
Inner City Youth Alive
Director, Gem Lake Wilderness Camp
Home church: Nassau Street Church, Winnipeg Man