I’m an observer. I pay attention to what people say, how they say it, who they say it to, and what they say about people, places, or things. And since moving from British Columbia to Saskatchewan in 2007, I’ve become particularly interested in what people say about the prairies. What I’ve found is that people’s comments or thoughts towards us prairie people are not always so flattering – hence the reason for this blog post. (I told my good friend – also from a prairie province! – that my next blog post would be on this subject because I was inspired by our reminiscing about what God was doing in our provinces. She’s from MB; I’m from SK.)
One comment, in particular, has stuck with me for years. I once heard an influential BC leader say that regarding beauty, God has passed over the Prairies. Part of me wanted to stand up in the gathering and say, “Pardon?” But that would have been very rude of me! That said, he was quite wrong – clearly he hadn’t spent much time here. The Northern lights are something to behold; you can read about what those are here. Further to that, seeing acres and acres of crops growing is another site to behold. Sections (a section being 640 acres of land) of blowing wheat, or canola plants in bloom (a brilliant yellow!), or flax, or corn. You get the picture. And, we can’t forget the definite seasonal changes here or the fact that the sun shines somewhere between 319-326 days a year! Now granted, there are days where the temperature is bitterly cold (like today at -18), but at least it’s sunny!
One other thing that I want to touch on is this: God’s mission is being lived out in the prairies too, and there are a lot of noteworthy ministries and people serving God in a variety of ways in a variety of contexts.
By highlighting a few interesting things about the prairies and a few friends (there are many, many more awesome people and effective ministries across the prairies), my intention is this: To let my readers know that there is a lot of good that comes from the prairies! So the next time you hear someone say, “What good comes from the Prairies?” You can say, “A lot!”
Blessings from the Prairies!
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry. She is on staff at Horizon College & Seminary and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary.