Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that they were investigating a situation that is said to have taken place at a summer camp on the night of July 13, 2022 when the camp was attended by 12-14 year old boys.
CBC quoted the RCMP confirming the investigation after "two reports of an incident involving a staff member at the Redberry Bible Camp and a pre-teen boy the evening of July 13, 2022." They went on to encourage anyone that had more information to come forward if they had not already done so.
Redberry Bible Camp has been in operation since 1943 when it was known as Sand Beach Bible Camp, and is owned and operated by the Northern District of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
According to one of the accounts that has been released, children returned to one of the cabins and found another boy lying on the ground with a bloody nose, making sounds and twitching. The boys left the cabin for help and returned with a counselor, Carlos Doerksen.
Another account explains that the boys were outside watching the northern lights before becoming spooked and running back to the cabin. It was reportedly at that time that one of the boys approached Doerksen for prayer.
"The moment I start praying, he just starts shaking and 'BOOF!' His eyes are rolling back in his head. His nose starts bleeding. The lights start flickering. I can tell right away that this is going to be a serious problem. He hits the floor. I'm able to brace his fall. He's shaking. He's convulsing. He's growling. I've got a room full of boys that are absolutely terrified," Doerksen is quoted as saying in a YouTube video that appears to have been unlisted.
Doerksen explained the events of that night saying, "Deliverance took place because a child asked me for prayer!"
Four of the children were so disturbed by the events that they ended up calling their parents to come pick them up early from the camp.
One parents, speaking to CBC on the condition of anonymity, told the outlet that his son had called after 11 pm saying, "Dad, get me out of here. I'm so scared. It's so messed up here."
This parent alleges that he questioned staff at the camp concerning whether or not they ever called for medical aid for the boy, and was allegedly told that it was not necessary.
On August 17, Wayne Dick, Redberry Bible Camp board char issued a statement confirming, "we are investigating the situation... I am not prepared to discuss it at this point." He further stated that "I can assure you Carlos is not at the camp."
"I'm still in shock," Heather Richinski was quoted by CBC as saying before adding that her 14-year-old son was now in counseling and had spent a two-day family vacation to the lake inside of a cabin for fear of demons lurking outside.
Allegations have been made that Doerksen "brainwashed" the children during times of teaching and instruction at the camp by warning them of the reality of spiritual warfare and cautioning them about involvement in certain forms of entertainment. Further, he has been criticized over a testimony that he posted to social media where he addressed previous addictions to drugs, pornography, and even an instance of domestic abuse which resulted in him losing employment with another camp.
When it's come to be accepted that a people can call themselves Christian based solely on where they have been born and raised, or perhaps occasional church attendance, it is no wonder that something like this would not only raise eyebrows, but result in the police being called.
We live in a world that denies the Biblical explanation of the supernatural with every breath, but at the same time, seeks out paranormal entertainment at almost every turn. So long as it's not out of the Bible, it's swallowed hook, line, and sinker without a second thought.
Why then, is it surprising when, with all of these wide open doors, something has the audacity to show up? If you send out enough invitations, eventually something will accept.