Wrap your noodle around this

This Saturday we attended the annual Kaleden Spaghetti dinner.  This dinner is put on by the Kaleden Community Church Youth Group in support of their Mexico Mission trip.  This annual trip takes a group of young people from the South Okanagan down to poor region of Mexico to build a house.  These are very basic one room homes but they are sturdy and a great improvement over the standard pieces of sheet metal and boards most of the town’s residents live under.  This year over 250 people turned up for the event.  This is an amazing number.  That represents over 10% of Kaleden’s population.  Try running any charity event and getting that kind of response.


Being a member of the Church’s congregation we get to listen to the teens when they return.  They speak about what they did and how it affected them.  That feedback is really important to me.  It really helps me connect with the donations I have made.  I may not be able to attend in person and experience it first hand but at least I can see how the trip improved lives there and back home.  I think the trip is important for both the needy families in Mexico and the youth that traveled there.  It gives them much needed perspective on what we have to be so thankful for.


I also like this dinner because it is just another excuse to get everyone together for some fun.  My wife’s family has lived in the area for many years.  Everyone comes over to the table, shakes hands and catches up.  Most of the regulars know me and have kind of adopted me as their own.  I have only been with my wife for 3 years now and already I am hunted down specifically for hugs and handshakes.  Things are pretty friendly on the west side of the lake.


I also want to mention that they have a live band at this event playing dinner jazz music.  I am not sure who these kids were but man could they play.  There were three of them: drummer, lead guitar and bass.  They all did an amazing job.  My attempts to play guitar have really helped me appreciate good guitar and bass work.  These young men were fantastic.

2 Responses

  1. Dude this was an excellent night, great food, great people! Can’t wait for next year.

  2. […] about some local and abroad missions. Pastor Les Clarke had a booth set up showcasing the upcoming Mexico missions trip I spoke about in an earlier post. The other booth that caught my eye was the Habitat for Humanity […]

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