Even an air temperature of -26C was not enough to deter Rev. Jacob Quast from plunging into Rainy Lake this past New Year’s Day. Rev. Quast was taking part in the Fort Frances, Ontario, Lions’ Club annual Polar Bear Swim. Joining him in the water were his daughter Julia, 12, and son Liam, 9. Members of his congregation, Church of the Lutheran Hour, came out to cheer everyone on.
Sponsors contributed $400 in support of Rev. Quast’s display of bravery, half of which he generously donated to Canadian Lutheran World Relief. This was his second appearance in the Polar Bear Swim. In 2009, he raised funds for a food rescue program in Yellowknife, NWT.
In speaking with Rev. Quast last week by phone, he indicated that he’s ready to make it three years in a row. If you happen to be in Fort Frances next New Year’s Day, he’d love more company.