In Regina, Sask., the Indian and Metis Christian Fellowship (IMCF) learned, through a very unfortunate incident, that their ministry is valued and cared for by the city they serve.
IMCF’s executive director, Bert Adema, received a call from the Regina Police Service that their moving van had been recovered after being stolen from their property on the night of Monday, February 13. The van, a vital part of their ministry, is used to pick up and deliver donated household items on a weekly basis.
The Regina Leader-Post ran a story about the theft a few days later. Within a few hours of publication, a man telephoned Adema to offer both his services and his Nissan Cube van to help out while IMCF waits for the long insurance processes to be completed.
“It’s good to know that there are people in the community who have an awareness of the work of the ministry in one way or another,” Adema said. “When something untoward happens, they step up to help out. I’m certainly grateful for him stepping forward, and I’m sure that his help will help the ministry to continue to bless the community the way it does. We may have to adjust our schedule somewhat to accommodate our new volunteer’s schedule, but I’m optimistic that it will work out well.”
The van itself suffered a damaged ignition and some vandalism where the ministry’s logo was painted over on all three sides, but Adema is confident it will still be able to perform its duties once it has been released from the commercial claims yard for Saskatchewan Government Insurance.
Adema said that two people have been arrested over the incident, but he is not aware of their court date. Neither person is familiar to the staff at IMCF.
IMCF is a Canadian Aboriginal ministry of the Christian Reformed Church serving First Nations and Metis people in Regina. It is one of three urban aboriginal ministries of the CRC.