Her image is iconic, her story dramatic – and she will be in the Vancouver area this weekend to help draw the attention of the local church to the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Sunday, November 9).
David and Normande Waine feel “blessed” to be living at what could arguably be called the most exclusive piece of real estate in Vancouver, if not in all of Canada. It’s a fully detached 1,200-square-foot house on 1,000 acres just steps away from the ocean.
Great water and mountain views and no neighbours, except for the odd coyote or raccoon.
The couple has been living in the cozy decades-old cottage in Stanley Park in exchange for housekeeping duties: Booking public use of the adjacent Brockton Oval sports field, cleaning the field’s washrooms and change rooms, patrolling the grounds at least three times a night, and coolest of all, loading the iconic Nine O’Clock Gun with gunpowder and detonators.
For more than 20 years they have served as the live-in caretakers since taking residence in 1994 after their name came up after sitting for 14 years on a waiting list “as thick as the Bible” for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“We never looked back,” said David. “It’s a privilege to be here.”
“Every day we wake up and we say, ‘Thank you, Lord,’” said Normande. “We’re blessed to be here.”
There aren’t many downsides to living in Stanley Park, though David and Normande pointed out a couple. They sold their Richmond home when the moved to the park, thus missing out on building equity in a hot market, and they have to stay home every night to make sure there is a human presence in the east end of the park.
That doesn’t mean they can’t ever get away though. Every year they take off six weeks to travel to South Africa for missionary work.
The point of the article – apart from making us jealous – was to report that Vancouver will no longer be replacing any park caretakers when they move out. No problem said David: “We can stay here until we pass, and that’s our intention.”
Soap for Hope at Mission Possible
And here’s another good news story, thanks to 24 Hours, which featured Students in a lather over soap recycling in their October 27 edition:
A program that recycles used soap is fostering unlikely connections between Simon Fraser University students and residents of the Downtown Eastside.
Soap for Hope – a partnership between a group of eight SFU Enactus students and Mission Possible Recycling – collects used bars of soap from local hotels. Through a student-developed process – backed by Health Canada – the bars are sanitized and repurposed into liquid soap from a site on East Hastings Street.
While providing part-time work to DTES residents hoping to gain employment skills, the students also seek to raise funds by selling the final product to local restaurants.
They have secured one pilot site and hope to expand exponentially to produce thousands of gallons of soap per month and employ a dozen people.
At the heart of the issue is TWU’s community covenant which students and staff sign. Among other things, it prohibits sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage. The Supreme Court of Canada had previously ruled that the covenant should not hinder the recognition of TWU’s teacher’s college. The covenant is not contrary to human rights law in BC.
The issue is not whether the education will meet provincial standards; TWU has a proven record of academic excellence. . . . Rather, the issue is that TWU is a Christian community that seeks to maintain a Christian code of conduct among its members. Some find the standards offensive and presume that holding to a Christian code of conduct should disqualify TWU from having a law school, or individuals graduating from the proposed law school from practicing law.
The issue is about beliefs, not abilities. It is the faith orientation, not the academic qualifications, that is being challenged. It is the ability of a Christian community to define its standards and to practise its faith that is being undermined.
Evangelicals are significant contributors to the public good. In a truly pluralist society there will be disagreement about many matters, including matters of sexual ethics. But in a free and democratic society these differences make up the mosaic of Canada. It is no accident that religious freedom is the first freedom identified in the Charter. It is the bellwether for all other freedoms.
Nov 2014Canadian Mennonite Health Assembly 2014 – November 2, 2014 - November 4, 2014 at All Day
Christian Legal Fellowship National Conference – November 3, 2014 - November 5, 2014 at All Day
Reading the Bible for All Its Worth (Taught in Cantonese) – November 3, 2014 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
St. James and Oculus Choirs: All Souls Day High Mass – November 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver Autumn Dessert Banquet 2014: Andrea Mrozek & Carolyn Arends – November 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Experience Regent – November 4, 2014 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
C2C Fall Cadre: Ray Bakke – November 5, 2014 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – November 5, 2014 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Israel . . . The Jews . . . Why Should I Care? – November 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Images of Rwanda - Vancouver – November 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
After the Asylum: Legacies of Community Mental Health – November 6, 2014 - November 8, 2014 at All Day
Don't Lose Hope: Moral Formation and Ethical Decision-Making in a Fragmented Culture – November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Regent World Redux: Freedom in the Busy: Celebrating Sabbath in a World That Never Stops – November 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tools for Neighbourhood and City Transformation – November 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
John Stackhouse: Is the Bible Sexist? – November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sharing Our Stories: The Gift of Poetry – Featuring Robert Martens and Pat Christie (Dene) – November 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Biblical Basis for Creation Care – November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A Hard Act to Follow with Walter Mustapich and Jim Crescenzo – November 7, 2014 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Vision Sharing: Cross Cultural Adoption and Identity – November 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Poverty Revolution Boot Camp – November 7, 2014 - November 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chapel North Shore – November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Tri-Cities – November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chapel Vancouver – November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday Night Talks: Jeff Adams - Rediscovering the Classical Virtues With C.S. Lewis – November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
MVA Leadership Institute – November 7, 2014 - November 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Building Blocks of Faith-Based ESL Ministry – November 8, 2014 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peace Thru the Arts: All My Relations Festival – November 8, 2014 at 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Zambia 2014: Abbotsford Male Chorus Benefit Concert – November 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Creation Care: An Integral Part of Missions? – November 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 9, 2014 at All Day
Jazz Vespers: Amanda Wood – November 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
IDOP Day Service: Kim Phuc, 'The Girl in the Picture' from the Vietnam War – November 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Crowder's Neon Steeple Tour – November 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm