Tom and I have just returned from 5 wonderful days at Esperanza, a very small and remote settlement on the West coast of Vancouver Island that can only be reached by boat and that is after an hour’s trip along gravel road to Tahsis.
But the trip was worth it. The settlement was started in 1937 as a mission to native peoples and today continues to do impressive work among First Nations people along the coast.
For us and our friends Tom & Kim Balke it was a wonderful opportunity to relax and refresh ourselves. Bonnie went too though Tom had to almost drag her down the gangplank and into the boat.
It was also great to make new friends and learn more about the hidden and often overlooked mustard seeds of God’s work. We are very appreciative of Tom and Nancy Murphy and the community at Esperanza who made this possible.
We ate lots of fresh seafood and even got to pick local berries, reflecting while we did so on the generations of First Nations’ people who must have picked berries here before us. And in case you did not notice we had lots of Toms there this weekend.
Breaks like this are so important for all of us who lead busy lives. So often our vacations can be just as busy as the rest of our lives and we return feeling strung out and exhausted rather than refreshed. So what do you do that refreshes and renews your soul and spirit?