Reports from the weekend in Alert Bay, where the documentary "One Step" chronically the journey from last March was formally screened, were very encouraging. Bishop and the SJ are making a positive difference.
After greetings and hugs all round, we set off toward Pt Hardy in the rain joined by fellow Anglican, Deborah Murray.
Our trepidation at the prospect of walking 20km was justified by the total lack of training we had done."We have not walked that far since last March" was a sentiment shared by all three of us.
Jeff Nelson, our friend and fabulous driver, took pity and drove only 6km ahead and when we reached the van, hot tea was ready to pick up our spirits on a day when we were soon tired and wet. We took solace in knowing that this too was a day that the Lord had made and at the 20km mark, we marvelled at how we had been sustained by the importance of the SJ and the knowledge that Bishop is following the path that God would have him do. And we were still able to walk.
A highlight of the day was meeting Chief George Hunt of the Kwakiutl band and his family, some of whom joined us for a short distance with a promise to meet at the Fort Rupert turnoff tomorrow and walk with us into their village.
Wherever we go, echoing last year's experience, we are met with the most incredible hospitality and friendship. We are filled with such gratitude and joy that overwhelms the fatigue and soreness resulting from the 25,000 steps.
And wouldn't you know it, as we drove back to our overnight accommodation, another sign from God, a rainbow, a promise of another good day tomorrow.
We pray that all may feel the presence of our generous God as are we on the second phase of the SJ.