Kienan Burrage | Ladner
If you are familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia, you know of the mythical land filled with adventure which is ruled by the lion Aslan, an allegorical figure representing Jesus. As a child, and still to this day, I have loved the stories surrounding Narnia. TREK camp has become my Narnia. Just as Narnia is for the characters who visit it, TREK is a place where I can see Jesus at work. At TREK, I can walk and talk with Jesus, and follow Him as he breathes life and love into campers and staff alike. It is a place full of adventure. It is a place of belonging, where I can truly be myself without fear. A place set apart from the empty patterns of everyday life. A place I have seen miracles happen and a place where love is never in short supply. Over the years, I have been a Camper, Leader In Training, Co-counselor, Counselor, Musician, Lifeguard, Activity Leader, Character, and now Committee Member.
These are memories I will never forget. Just like Narnia, it is inevitable there will come a day when I have to leave TREK. However, as Aslan explains to Lucy, He is very much in our world as well, and in fact: “This was the very reason (she was) brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there”. I believe that TREK has enabled me to see Jesus better in everything I do and everywhere I go.
I have been working with TREK for over a decade and I can’t imagine a summer without this amazing camp. My past roles at TREK include camper, LIT, counselor, LIT leader, kitchen staff, lifeguard and actor. I enjoy having a creative outlet for my Theatre degree and sense of adventure and believe there is no better place for learning about God’s love than out in His creation.
I was so excited to join the TREK team in 2014 after having been to TREK since I was 8. I love TREK because of the abundant rollkuchen and fantastic people through whom I unceasingly see the love of Jesus. I live in Vancouver where I attend Christ City Church. I spend a lot of my free time dressing my three younger siblings up for movies and tramping through the wilderness. I am passionate about the outdoors, stories and photography. The ultimate TREK theme would be Lord of the Rings.
Dan Law | Tofino
I have been volunteering with TREK since 2011, and have been responsible for developing and producing numerous unique craft projects. I am a professional artist, business owner, and registered nurse. I have been involved in church and youth leadership since 1995, and received my Master of Arts degree from Regent College in 2013. My wife Mollie, the RCMP West Coast Victim Services coordinator, has also spent time volunteering with TREK. Mollie and I have four children who have enjoyed TREK as campers, LITs, activity leaders and counsellors. Like many TREK campers and volunteers, I consider TREK a highlight of the year.
Mia Klassen | Abbotsford
Hey!! I am Mia Klassen and I am the TREK coordinator because I love being a part of what God does at TREK every summer! It is awesome to see him work in the lives of the kids and the staff through the beautiful location, the unique story, and the amazing people that come up to TREK each year!
My story is God’s story; before I was “born again” (John 3:3) I lived a selfish and careless life. I searched for the meaning and purpose of life in all the wrong places and tried to fill my life with all the world has to offer. My life was empty and I had no peace. That all changed in January 1992 when God started to turn my world upside down and “when I came to my senses,” (Luke 15:17), by the grace of God I realized that I needed a Saviour, Jesus Christ. I “confessed my sins” (1 John 1:9) and God is faithful and can ALWAYS be trusted to forgive ALL our wrongdoings. From that day on “it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). I know have peace, joy and purpose for my life. I invite you to come, let’s have coffee together, I want to hear your story (cell 604-755-1405).
I’m serving at King Road church since February 2007; I’m passionate about people, young people and my highlights are: meeting people for coffee, celebrating baptism, preparing & going on our annual mission’s trip, youth retreats, TREK camp, attending equipping conferences with our youth leaders and sooo much more. In my free time I love to play golf, BBQ and watch some NFL football and hang out at the beach in Penticton.
The first time I went to Trek I had completely no idea what to expect. In fact I was kind of nervous to be working with a bunch of people I didn’t know. However this changed as soon as I experienced the welcoming community that Trek is. As each summer has past, the Trek staff and campers have become like family to me. I love and admire each one of them like siblings, and I look forward to every time we are together. This family has become a part of who I am and I cannot imagine my summers without the crazy, beautiful and Godly thing that is Trek.
I’ve loved being a part of TREK since my first year in 2013. Experiencing God and friendship under starry night skies, singing campfire songs, wild wide games, chilly mornings in a forest with hot chocolate to warm us up, reading the Bible next to a river… TREK is something I’m always looking forward to!
Olivia Lim | Vancouver
I’ve been involved with TREK since 2006 as a camper, LIT, counselor, kitchen staff, activity leader and I’m excited to be continuing that involvement as a committee member. TREK has always has been and continues to be the highlight of my summer every year. I love that TREK is a place where both campers and staff can experience God’s creation in fellowship with each other.
Dave Funk | Abbotsford
I am 45 years old and have been married to Faith for more than half of that time. We have two sons: Simon and Ben. I have lived in Abbotsford all my life except for two years of college life in Fresno, CA. I am a veteran of King Road MB Church, having attended since before I was born. However, I am a TREK rookie! Last year was my first summer as a TREK counselor, but I have helped on numerous setup days. I pray that God would keep working through the unique and energetically creative TREK ministry!
I heard about Trek in 2002 when we moved to Vancouver. Anni started out helping with roll kuchen, and the first couple of years I did set up or take down. In 2006 we took on a week, and later up to three weeks at camp doing maintenance, kitchen, training washing dishes, and much more. I enjoy the outdoors with kids and staff. Watching the kids learn about Jesus, seeing them excited about crafts and the outdoor activities is always a joy. I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was about 8 or 9 years old, 56 years ago, then rededicated my life when I was 16 years old and in 1968 I got baptized at the Culloden MB Church. My personal life was filled with outdoor activities, like motor biking swimming, water skiing, Qua-ding, fishing, RV-ing and much more. I have joined the committee to help along in set up planning, maintenance, kitchen, site planning, and much more. Trek has always been a highlight in my life and it’s been a great joy to see the campers being taught through biblical stories that Jesus is the only way.