I met my second husband in that tiny village where he was the local Housing Manager. When we married, we went to the northern part of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet. Several moves came after that from Rankin Inlet and finally Coppermine (Kugluktuk), on the Arctic coast, now the westernmost community in Nunavut. More people began to understand English with the advent of TV and the internet. Elders were concerned that the language would be lost.
A typical day for me consisted of morning prayers, paperwork, then visiting in the afternoon, and in the evenings youth group, vestry meetings, confirmation classes, marriage and baptism preparation, choir practice, ladies' group such as the ACW who helped in the church, visited the sick, and had bake sales making bannock and bread. There were many feasts where people pushed the church benches around to serve as little tables as they sat on the floor. A long array of meats, fish and stews and bannock were in the middle. Elders went first always!
Lest all this sounds idyllic, there was a dark side too: alcoholism, violence, suicides, accidental deaths from drowning and murders. I helped with these problems as best I could with support and prayers. I often got called out in the middle of the night for these crises.
In conclusion, it was a wonderful and fulfilling and challenging ministry for me, but my husband got sick and the little nursing station was not equipped enough to care for him. We reluctantly left The Diocese of the Arctic and returned to Ontario where my dear husband passed away a few years later.
Now I am happy to serve as honourary assistant at St. Luke's in Peterborough from where I hope to become friends in Jesus with all of you in Peterborough and in Buckhorn!