Today was my last day at The Salvation Army Community Services. It was a good run but like all things come to an end. I am still going to be involved in homeless issues here or where ever we end up and I am still writing about urban issues in The StarPhoenix. I am not sure what I am going to do with my life now. I spent 11 years as a pastor in Spiritwood (while working at Lakeview Church during some of the same years) and I have worked for The Salvation Army for the last six years so unemployment is a rare occurrence for me. I think I have been unemployed for a week in my entire life.
I am not sure what I am going to do now and am open to suggestions. If you are wondering what I am good at, I updated my LinkedIn profile (I think I finally figured out what LinkedIn is for) but you can always email me at email@example.com. Walking out of a job without a plan is crazy course of action but I am really looking forward to what is ahead and where ever it takes me.
Driving back and forth to Spiritwood a couple of times a week over a decade meant that I went through a lot of bad weather and really dangerous driving conditions. While I had some extra clothes and a some basic car equipment with me, if we had hit the ditch in a bad spot, it could have been hours before anyone would have stopped and in the Canadian winter, it would not have been pleasant.
Like I wrote before, Wendy bought me Survive! for Christmas and I have enjoyed the section on survival kits. He listed some essentials for what everyone should have before heading out on the road and with it getting really, really cold in Saskatchewan, I thought I would post it over at Jordon Cooper Outfitters. I am not one of those â€œlive in a compoundâ€ survivalists but I have had to walk for miles more than once to get help when stranded at the side of the road (hit a deer twice, avoided hitting a deer once, icy roads).
Looking back at it, because I didnâ€™t feel comfortable riding out the occasional storm, I took risks that I never should have (once while driving home, I had to get out of the car to figure out where the road was and where I was on said highway).
Stroud has a more complete survival pack list that Iâ€™ll post this weekend (it took an hour or so putting this one together).
View of Lakeland Community Church in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan from the pulpit.