January 6, 2012

Iguanas in the sunshine

Barrie HANDS Team:

Today was a healthy day of work again, filled with more rebar and forms for concrete.  One afternoon highlight was that some neighbourhood kids brought an iguana by.  As you can tell from the pictures it was a few feet long, tail included.  They caught it in the swamp and tied the legs behind its back like handcuffs.  Some of the girls handled it with confidence.  But the others... well let’s just say you could hear the echo all around.  Alicia’s scream happened when she dared to hold it, but one of the kids, sensing her fear, flicked the tail onto her leg for a joke!   

One encouragement came indirectly from a neighbour lady of the school.  She asked Emmanuel, the construction supervisor, “Do you have a professional crew there?  They just started and they know what they’re doing already.”  He told her that we’re teachers and business people, and she was impressed how quickly we’ve learned and can work.  We’re so thankful to God for the strength and determination to do the most that we can in the funnest way!  

We’ve heard that Jack and Audrey Strikwerda plan to host the families of the hands team members on Saturday for some afternoon fun.  Thank-you!  We’re certainly missing our loved ones, especially at the start of a weekend when we’d normally be together.    

Every evening we’ve appreciated Alicia doing our laundry, but now that we’re approaching the half-way mark it’s not as much a priority, so she took the night off.  After devotions we split off to play euchre, read, or chat away in the living room with Emmanuel.  Tomorrow we'll work a half day in the morning, then head from the school an hour inland on a cave-tubing adventure.  After a half-hour jungle hike uphill we'll ride down a lazy river, including through large underground caverns.  Pastor Betson negotiated a great deal at $20/person. 

We'll pray for a fine day of building God's kingdom and enjoying his creation.  To him be the glory!  


Jen, Rachel, Taya & Mikayla
Jan 7, 2012 at 12:30 am

Way to hold the iguana, Alicia! Awesome!!

Enjoy your outing- a well deserved break!

Greg V
Jan 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

May God continue to bless you all during your work in his Kingdom. Glad to see you are all having some fun but also working hard. I see Keaton finally got her first kiss, when I told Janelle that she was kissing in Belize she came running over to the computer to see who the guy was haha.

John,Tammy,Izzy, Holly,Cordell, Willem and Nicky
Jan 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

Kids want to see the picture of Grandpa Cor holding the Iguana!! Have fun tubing Grandpa! We will continue praying for you and the team.

Pastor Mike
Jan 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Way to Go Guys!

The work looks great (and exhausting).

It wasn't 24 here yesterday, but 8 isn't too bad for January 6 in Barrie.

We are praying for all of you and are eager to hear your testimonies when you return.

Loved the iguana pictures.


Jan 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

Love seeing all the pics every day !1 I am in St Catherines and it was 12 degrees yesterday !!! Nice and balmy !!!

Even Raegan recognized PAPA !!!!! Enjoy some relaxation today !!

Jan 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm




Dorothy and Peter
Jan 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

greetings to all team members:

Great to hear your stories of work and fun and hope you had a great day today doing some exciting adventures. Have a great time worshiping with those in Belize tomorrow. Hanna, Shiloh and Levi are excited about your adventures too and are praying for you all everyday.

God's blessings to you

Peter and Dorothy DeKlerk

David, Rachel, Jillian, and Ryan
Jan 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

On the lazy river tomorrow- make sure Cor brings his lifejacket- he's a Kapteyn and they swim like stones. :)Miss you Grandpa.

Nain & Taid
Jan 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

We can really see the progress you have all made during the last week. From the pictures you have sent via E-Mail, you seem to be having lots of fun and enjoying the nice heat we in Canada do not have although six above isn't bad.

We are sure you will all be glad to be home again with your families after completing a job "well done". Enjoy your trip back home.

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