Broken Walls News
Monday, December 19, 2016
Jonathan and Dane Garrow travelled to Pikangikum, Ontario to spend time encouraging the members of the community, especially those who had recently suffered tragedy and loss. Dane is a young Mohawk gentleman from Akwesasne, NY. It is important to go to villages like this in this season because people need to be encouraged as winter sets in.
Pikangikum is once again in pain. A young man of 15 years of age just committed suicide just a few days earlier and a two year old had recently died due to complications. It was truly and honour for Jonathan to again be in Pikangikum to do whatever he could to bring hope and love to these precious people.
Jonathan and Dane did a mini concert over the lunch hour as soon as they arrived. Following that, they did 5 workshops back to back for all the students from grades 7 to 12. After supper, they did a concert for the youth. Several young people joined them on the big drum which was very special. Thank you to Hilarious Moose for loaning them his drum once again.
The next day, they went with members of the community to visit several homes, taking food and praying for the people, including the family who had just lost their son.
Jonathan shares: “We prayed with his family and held them for a brief moment in our arms. Their hearts were broken. The situation in the home truly grieved my heart. It was very cold and in great need of repair.”
They met with the Kurt, the school principal who is truly blessed and hopeful because of the new school and the great staff that he has. There is a great core of teachers, a newly-built school and professional people to help bring in the needed change. Later in the evening, they participated in the ‘Freedom from Addictions’ meeting.
On Sunday morning, they went with Colleen Estes, a local teacher, to lead the school teachers in their Sunday morning gathering. It was a great time of encouraging them in the great work that they do with the children. From there,they went directly to the Full Gospel Church to lead the service. Jonathan opened with worship, then dedicated 4 children from 2 different families. Jonathan shared the love through special music and sharing. After that, they went to several homes to pray for the sick. Finally, Jonathan counselled and prayed with a couple suffering from depression and grief. Dane went out into the bush with the police to take food to young people who are caught in a cycle of huffing gas.
It was a powerful time and we are believing for great things to happen. Before they left, a young man came to Jonathan and said: “Some day I want to be a pastor and share the Word with my people!” It was such a blessing to hear those words.
Please continue to pray for the hearts and lives of these precious people of Pikangikum, in the land of the Ojibway.