Local family becoming missionaries out west

Katrina Boguski

BARRY’S BAY – The call to go west is one that many people answer.

Normally, the call stems from the desire for riches. In various generations, people have headed west to the oil fields, the gold mines or to Silicon Valley to chase the latest dot com bubble.

Nic Carvalho is heading west in answer to another sort of call. He is becoming a missionary with CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach). Nic and his wife Kandace have called Barry’s Bay home for the past few years and they are about to embark on a major life changing journey which will take them to the University of Victoria.

With their daughter Ava in tow, and a second child on the way, the move hardly seems like a typical one for a young family at a stage when most couples would be seeking security. But then again, the Carvalhos are not most couples, and security is not as certain as people would like to believe it is.

Helen Keller said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

As Nic and Kandace set out on their daring adventure, they will be leaving a place where they have established some strong roots.

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