Though standing in the foyer of the middle school where our church-plant meets, we found ourselves in a familiar situation we haven’t encountered for awhile. It came during a conversation with a lady we had struck up a conversation with while getting coffee. It progressed though all of the usual “nice to meet you” questions… Read More Just Like Riding a Bicycle
It was this time last year when she told us. We were driving home from watching the fireworks in North Vancouver when our friend Kimberlee shared with us what the doctors suspected. It wasn’t long before the test results were in and the medical assumptions became medical facts: Kim has MS. Her journey is so… Read More Muck You
Tonight was Maclean’s National Leader Debate. If you missed it, the #macdebate hashtag will lead you to some insightful thoughts and some useless rants. Though we lived away from Canada, we voted. Since returning to Canada, we have voted. Not because we are the ultimate Canadians or champions of electoral rights, but rather we simply… Read More Research. Vote. In that order.
We moved to Poland in September, 2010 expecting to build a community centre, demonstrate our faith by tackling civic needs, and bridging the gap (perceived and actual) between the church and the community. Three years later there is no community centre and no civic programs. Our move to Włocławek was part of a pilot project,… Read More Stopping Before the Finish Line you Expected
With our upcoming return to the True North getting continually closer, we find the idea of life in our own homeland slightly…odd. There’s a lot of material about reverse culture shock and re-entry, but living it and reading about it are two different experiences. Here are some of the things that we have on our… Read More The (uh) Oh Canada List
A Polish friend recently posted this picture of Ryan Gosling – the other kind of Canadian beef export – and commented on how they’d love this particular gift from Canada. ‘Tis the gift-giving season after all. The holidays exaggerate the feeling of distance that most expats live with. It goes from being background noise to… Read More Presents from Canada / Presence in Canada
Here we sit contentedly in Włocławek in the after-glow of our Thanksgiving meal. It’s not a holiday here and in the absence of festive store displays and turkey themed posters we’re reminded that we have a lot (copious amounts in fact) to be thankful for every single day of the year. This list is hardly… Read More The Thankful List