BC Mission Boat
From May 20-29, nine students and Prof. Kraemer took part in a mission trip with the BC Mission Boat Society to two different First Nations communities on the B.C. coast. This trip, sponsored by the Missionary Study Centre, was also to fulfill the requirements for a course entitled “Parish Ministry Immersion” and which focuses on the issues of ministering cross-culturally. Half of the students traveled to Kingcome, BC by water taxi where they observed Heritage Days and lead the youth and children of the communities in Soccer and other games. The other half travelled to Klemtu, BC by Grumman Goose (an amphibious airplane). There they led a VBS for the children of the community, participated in sports nights at the community’s gymnasium, led Sunday service and visited many people of the community in their homes. Marcus Huff, Program Coordinator of the BC Mission Boat Society, and Pastor Craig Tufts of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Parksville led the students through an orientation before going out and a debriefing on their return. The students through this experience were able to wrestle with challenging and thought-provoking issues such as ministering cross-culturally, the relationship between mission societies and the congregations who found and support them, and the place of short-term missions and mission societies in Lutheran Church-Canada. A special thank you goes out to Marcus Huff and Pastor Craig who made the many of the arrangements and preparations for the trip and the wonderful people of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Parksville who opened their homes, fed and transported the seminary group.