Our fundraising Prayer-Walk-Jog-Cycle on Saturday, June 19, along the Meewasin
Trail beside the North Saskatchewan river, raised over $3,000 for two new gospel
tracts. The money continued to come in for weeks afterward.
50,000 copies have been printed of "God's Wonderful Grace to Bonnie," which are
now available for distribution by members and friends.
This particular fundraiser was organized by Barb and Doug Jenkins, the parents
of Mark Jenkins who died in a tragic automobile accident in July of 2000. The
tree planted in his memory along the Meewasin Trail at about 468 Whiteswan Drive
was the 10:30 AM starting point for this event. The destination was the Kinsmen
Park, where support staff set up a picnic and barbecue lunch for the participants.
Scott's Parable gift certificates and family tickets to Blades games at Sask Place
were given to the top four fundraisers. First prize went to Wendell Klassen who
raised $951. Second was Arnold Stobbe, the director of the mission. Third, was
Helen Doerksen and a granddaughter, Erin Neudorf, from Osler, and fourth was
Helen Klassen, (sometimes known as Mrs. WTM), a key missionary in the office.
This was a family affair. The Jenkins whole clan came together, including a son
and his family from Stoney Plain, Alberta, and some friends of Mark. The oldest
participant was Henry H. Friesen of Hague, age 88, who rode his MediChair, and
the youngest were the twins, Benjamin and Bronlin Klassen born in March, who
were in a double baby carriage, pushed by their mother, Darlene Klassen of
Warman, rural. There were adults and a number of children who rode circles on
their bikes around the adults, and went extra distances. In total 32 took to
the trail in memory of Mark, and to raise funds for gospel tracts.
A number of people said to Barb Jenkins afterwards, "This was so much fun. Next
year we'll have twice as many people!"
Arnold Stobbe, the director, was thrilled. "We raised more than we dared hope
for; $4000 is enough to cover the cost of printing two new tracts! Bonnie's
testimony will touch many hearts, and a thanksgiving tract will be ready by
If you can go to our website, you can see the
(first of 3 pages).
You are Invited to the Appreciation Tea
On Sunday, September 12 , at 3 p.m. we will be honouring with awards, those who
took part in this year's fundraisers. Your presence will help to make it a
special time for them. Please join us for a short presentation program, and
refreshments and visiting.
Also present will be Bonnie and Barbara, the authors of our two newest tracts
that were published because of the funds raised. It will be your opportunity to
meet them, and thank them for their fine testimonies.
Come honour our faithful workers and supporters.
Long time member, Mrs. Anne Bjornsen of Estevan, has gone home to be with the
Lord, July 12, 2004. Our sympathy goes to her sister Thelma Metvedt of Estevan,
who is also a member of Western Tract Mission.