February 13: Samuel & Mary Hayford, Alder Flats, AB
Alder Flats Community Bible Church is the only church within a radius of about 200 km. Located at the foothills of the Rockies, this hamlet is near the resort of Buck Lake, which attracts many to the area in the summer. Farming, ranching, lumber, logging, oil, and gas industries have been here for decades, with no significant impact on population growth. However, large attendances at the two summer rodeos and at the winter & summer fish derbies contribute to the local economy. The country store closed years ago, but the gas station expanded its convenience store to cater to small needs. My heart goes out to the seniors I play floor curling with, who have no relationship with the Lord. Over the past year a few have passed on, and it hurts me that they keep resisting my outreach to them, preferring friendship only on a human level with me. Please pray for wisdom and sensitivity on my part. We thank the Lord for His unceasing supply of all our needs and for safety in our travels.