Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Little Flowers of Winnipeg

Chelsea and I just returned from a cross country tour to see my brother's family, especially our new niece, Keziah. We were very pleased. He has a beautiful family that really refreshed us as we drove through our vast country.

On our travels we decided to connect with another New Monastic community in Winnipeg called the Little Flowers. Again, another refreshing time. I was immediately impressed by the diversity of their neighbourhood. Everyone seemed to be either of Asian or First Nations descent. It had an inner city energy that we don't experience much out here in the little Loyalist town of Kingston.

This community had much in common with ours. They, like us, are still in the formative stages of the community. They, like us, have an early 30's couple living with a bunch of folk in their early 20's. They also arose out of another organisation (YWAM Winnipeg), where we have our roots in Camp IAWAH. We were able to share some mutual joys and frustrations and forged out a the beginnings of a friendship I hope will last. We'll likely need each other down the road.

Jamie, the pastor of our their community is looking for a couple to join their work in the inner city of Winnipeg. You can find them at http://www.littleflowers.ca/


Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

Thanks for the shout out! I've been drafting a blog post about our visit as well, but you beat me to it. We look forward to years of more friendship!


GravenRecords said...

man - you guys kicked me off your inspirations and comrades list - harsh, man. that's harsh.

at any rate, i hope to see a lot of you house famousers thursday night at the living room. come one, come all.

love matt

...and whoa! the verification word for today is 'famitron' - almost like a digital family - kinda like me reading this blog about a community in k town - we are all 'famitron'.

Marty said...

Cross country tour -- and you did not visit me. Now I know where I stand.

Anonymous said...

My name is Pete Ott and I am looking to get in contact with Todd Stelmach. We went to university together in first year and I would love a chance to catch up and hear more about "the house famous". My email is pott@ivcf.ca.