Mission call came in time to help with flood

Jake Deeble poses by a sand bag wall set to hold back the rising flood waters in Manitoba. - Photo submitted
Jake Deeble poses by a sand bag wall set to hold back the rising flood waters in Manitoba.
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Campbell Riverite Jake Deeble has been helping out with the flood efforts in Manitoba, as part of his mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We spent some time filling sand bags for the general public to come and grab from a big stockpile,” Deeble said, “and spent time in surrounding communities building sand bag walls around houses and cottages. I have been up on the shores of Lake Manitoba, and down along the Assiniboine River banks. I love the work but wish the people didn’t have to deal with their property flooding.”

He described the situation as “Not too bad. But it has high potential to be quite severe. Some homes were flooded out to save other homes. It’s not as bad as it could be, but it’s worse than people would like it to be. Lake Manitoba is flooding, it’s really high. So is the diversion that runs beside Portage.”

Deeble was originally intending to work in the Fresno, California area, but was unable to get a US visa, and so was reassigned to the Winnipeg, Manitoba mission.  This mission covers a huge area, taking in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and part of Ontario.  Deeble started out serving in the lower mainland while the paperwork was being dealt with, and then headed to the Mission Training Centre in Utah.  He was then sent to downtown Winnipeg, and has recently been reassigned to Portage La Prairie.

Deeble says that while he is loving being in Manitoba, and is appreciating the beauty of the big sky and long sunsets, “It’s not home.  It’s made me realize that Campbell River is so great.”

He is also enjoying the opportunity of meeting new people, and being able to serve. When asked if he regretted the change in location, he said, “Even though I’m not in the sunshine of California, I am in my home country and I get to see a part of Canada I probably never would have seen.  I wouldn’t change anything.”

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