“Welcome” was the message of seven ladies from Estevan to those attending the fall Renewal of the Parkland Zone, Central District last fall. Theme of the day was “The Lord turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29b) and the welcome message used each letter of the word to expand on the theme of light and energy.
“Lignite Louie,” Estevan’s mascot, also dropped by adding some humour and playing up Estevan as the “Energy City.” Key chain lights were handed out to everyone and with the lights in the sanctuary turned off all joined in the singing of “This Little Gospel Light of Mine.”
Guest speaker for the afternoon was Elizabeth Sargent of Estevan. Elizabeth was employed for many years at Enbridge. While working there she had the opportunity to be part of the Enbridge program energy4everyone.
Together with the organization “Light up the World” she was one of a group who traveled to remote communities in the Peruvian Andes. There they installed solar panels in homes and community centres where people had never before had electrical power. Installing these solar panels posed a challenge as many homes were simple adobe huts and one had to crawl on hands and knees to enter. Also a challenge was the need to acclimatize to 12,000 ft. above sea level. Recipients could choose where they wanted the solar panels to be installed and often they would choose to have them installed where their animals were kept rather than on their dwelling. Four or five local people were trained as technicians to maintain the panels. The Peruvian people were very thankful and, to express their gratitude, they prepared a thank you meal — the best they had to offer — roast guinea pig!
The renewal’s monetary ingathering went to “Light up the World” charity. LUTW is a Canadian non-profit organization focused on the principle that access to energy changes lives. Approximately 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity.
The Frobisher ladies presented an invitation to the spring renewal sung to the tune of “Church in the Wildwood.” A responsive closing devotion based on Psalm 72 was led by Frobisher ladies, bringing to a close a wonderful day of inspiration and fellowship.
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-Canada, 2016