Here’s our final edition of our Wiens Wanderings newsletter . . . at least as it relates to our ministry with eMi. Thanks to all of you who have followed our wanderings, prayed for us, and been part of this exciting time in our lives! I’m hoping to still sporadically update the blog so our wanderings are not completely over 🙂
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. . . for Missions Fests. With Kevin’s January trip cancelled, he’s been scheduled in for 4 of the 5 Missions conferences that eMi Canada does each year between January and March. That’s Winnipeg, Edmonton, Fort St. John and Halifax (he just didn’t get to go along for Vancouver)!
I love going along to some of these Missions Conferences, because walking through the exhibit halls is in itself so encouraging. There are so many ways to be involved in building the Kingdom of God! It’s always fun to watch people walk past the Engineering Ministries International booth, glance up at our banner, and do a double take. In Edmonton last weekend, we talked to lots of engineers & architects – and lots of parents of engineers & architects, grandparents of engineers & architects, spouses of engineers & architects . . . you get the picture. Kevin also hosted a luncheon on “designing in the developing world” in Winnipeg, and led a seminar on “Water Treatment on the Mission Field for Dummies” in Edmonton. He’ll present “Big Visions, Small Ministies around the World” in Fort St. John, and I’ll get to do “Intercultural Communication” in Halifax.
Missions Fest is also one of the places that we connect up with past and potential client ministries, since so many ministries are there exhibiting too. While the hours are often looooong, there’s definitely a camaraderie that develops between the exhibitors and it’s definitely neat to be able to say, “Well, eMi designed the new orphanage for Impact Ministries, and the House of New Dreams for Place of Rescue, and a couple of hospitals for SIM. We’ve got a team at the YUGO ministries site right now designing their Rosarita Centre, and Kevin’s first trip was to design a Women’s Transition Home for Transform Asia . . . “. We’re looking forward to seeing which projects we heard about for the first time this year will eventually develop into eMi projects.
After all the Missions Fests are done, Kevin is off to Nigeria. This is a different trip than the one that was planned in January (it sounds like that one is now scheduled for the fall.) The April trip is specifically about infrastructure development, so Kevin and a team of civils and electricals will be working with some local engineers to design an infrastructure plan for a Christian University. He’s excited to do a more engineering-centric project :).
Thanks for your continued prayers, financial support, and encouragement. While these last few months looked a bit different than we expected, we’ve certainly kept busy and we’re enjoying introducing people to eMi.
I still feel like I’m processing so much of what happened in Haiti . . . trying to figure out what the “God Story” is that comes out of this particular trip. But this weekend I’ll have lots of chances to tell my story and share about eMi. It’s Mission Vision in Fort St. John . . . a community-wide Missions Conference held annually where we used to live in Northern BC.
It’ll be a full weekend! I’m flying in Thursday night and flying home Monday morning. And here’s what’s on the schedule so far:
Fri – Mtg with the (new) Pastor of our sending church – lunch with a friend – sharing at the Christian School Chapel – setting up the display booth – displays open from 6:30-9 p.m.
Sun – I’ll be sharing in the kid’s open session, the jr high SS class, and during the service at North Peace MB Church.
So – if you’re in the area, I’d LOVE for you to drop by and chat a while! If you’d like to see outside of these events, let me know – I’m in the process of trying to get my schedule worked out . . . I may also be looking for a ride to the airport on Monday morning – perhaps with a breakfast meet-up.
Pray for me next weekend, and also during this week as I prepare. I still feel like I’m catching up at home and at the office . . . and I’m expecting Fort St. John to be fabulous, intense, and exhausting 🙂
Sorry for the silence this week, but we ended up with very limited internet this week (facebook worked a bit, but WordPress didn’t). We’re back in Port au Prince, and are getting ready to fly out tomorrow. It’s been an amazing week and everything went so smoothly. The welcome home kids had most of the week off school because of Mardi Gras, which meant that the girls and I got to spend way more time with the kids than we thought we would. Good byes were painful on both sides. The project went very smoothly and the team worked amazingly well together. We’ve got over 2500 photos to weed through and so many stories to share . . . but most of that will have to wait until we’re home. Thanks for your prayers – please continue to pray as we begin the journey home . . .
After a busy weekend at Missionsfest Alberta, the girls and I are back in Calgary . . . we got to see some Fort St. John friends while we were in Edmonton, connect up with exhibitors we know, help kids build spaghetti and marshmallow structures, and share lots about eMi.
Before we even left Edmonton, we got word that Kevin had landed safely in Calgary. He beat us home by a few hours! It was a happy reunion when we got home.
Thanks for your prayers for all of us!
Spring is Mission Fest Season at eMi Canada . . . and it’s one of our favourite times of the year. Our whole family goes to Missions Fest Alberta. It’s like a big missions family reunion – we’ve been going for the past 6 years, after all. The kids have made friends among the other exhibitors, and it’s neat to see them interacting with other ministries. We discovered we were next to Climbing for Christ this year . . . and the first thing the exhibitor said when she saw Kaisa was “I was praying for you last night!” Kaisa also discovered her friend from Blessing the Children was back . . . we hardly saw her all weekend.
Talia attended some of the youth events this year . . . another milestone as we watch her grown up way too fast. We met up with some friends from the Calgary area, so it was nice for Talia to have a friend to explore the world of youth events with :). The Friday evening youth rally was apparently amazing . . . something like 400 youth all getting fired up about world missions 🙂
Kevin and I spent a lot of time sharing about what Engineering Ministries International does – whether at our booth or whether wandering around and chatting with other exhibitors who might need eMi’s services in the future . . . it’s exciting to see the needs eMi fills, both in serving other ministries, and in providing design professionals with opportunities to serve!
Kevin also got to go to Missionfest Manitoba this year. It was a COLD weekend . . . cold enough that the Missionfest provided a roaming tow truck in the parking lot in case your car didn’t start after attending . . . . but people braved the cold to hear how God is working all over the world.
We’re missing a Missions Conference this weekend though . . . our hometown of Fort St. John puts on a fabulous Mission Vision conference every March. Up until now we’ve managed to go every year, sometimes as a whole family, and sometimes just Kevin or I. But Kevin left for Haiti on a project trip this morning (more details tomorrow) – and I wasn’t quite up to the drive without him. We’ll be back next year, God willing . . . but I’m wishing we could be there now! Praying for a good weekend for everyone at Mission Vision!