On July 31, we drove up to International Falls, MN, where we spent the night at a very nice family-owned motel. The next day, we crossed the border into Canada - the first time in Canada for the Alzen children. Hard to believe they had been in England, Ireland, Sweden and Kazakhstan, but not Canada! After crossing the border, we continued driving three hours north through beautiful scenery until we arrived in Dryden, Ontario. A few more miles north from Dryden we arrived at Beaver Lake Camp. This is a camp run by Mennonites as a ministry to the First Nations People of Canada. We were invited to come to the camp to share our music with a family camp consisting primarily of Ojibway and Cree tribes. We had a delightful time, in spite of the cold, rainy weather on Friday and Saturday. Following are some more pictures during the camp. Lucas loved interacting with the Oji-Cree of the First Nations peoples
It was a joy to meet so many First Nations people that love Jesus and came to the camp with their families. There is a wonderful passage in Revelation that came to Brad during the Family Camp. It talks about how there will be someone from every tribe, tongue and nation in heaven. Here it is: (Revelations 5:8-14) Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:
"You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures , and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand , and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to recieve power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
And every creature which is in heaven and on earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne forever and ever!"
Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
On left: Albert, Mathilda and family. Many families came great distances, some even used sea planes.