From February 17 to 21 a group of students from Ambrose University College partnered with Anchored Warriors and had the opportunity to spend a few days at Eden Valley. It was a great experience! There was no better way to spend our reading week.
There were four students who went, Carisse, Tara, Rafael, and myself: Kayla. At first we did not know what to expect, but as the week went on we learned more and more that we were the ones being served, not doing the serving. I was privileged to learn so much about native culture. We got a tour of the reserve on our first day there, which helped us get a feel for the area. Every night we got to go to the hockey games at the arena, which they were so much fun! It was great way to connect with people there while watching a good game of hockey. We had the opportunity to work in the school for a day; everyone was very welcoming. My favourite part was playing tag at recess. We got to clean the church in Eden Valley and recognize it as a sanctuary.
God defied my expectations and blessed us in numerous ways over the course of the week. There were many lessons to be learned this trip: lessons on sacrificial love, on true joy, and on resting in God. God brought rest to my weary soul as I learned how to be dependent on others for guidance. He did more than we could have asked for or imagined. The relationships that were built are what matter, and I pray that they will remain.
We got to meet and talk with Joel and Amanda Sewell, who have been involved in Eden Valley for almost five years. Their wisdom and hospitality was very much appreciated. High RiverAlliance Church was also gracious enough to let us stay the week in their building. This trip would not have happened without them. Thank you to Anchored Warriors and every at Eden Valley for supporting us and allowing us to learn and grow. It was an amazing experience! I hope to have more like it in the future.
Written by Kayla.
Written by Kayla.