January 12, 2016

What is the progress so far?

Barrie 2016 HANDS Team:

This morning we started at a Redeemer Presbyterian Preschool, which has been a project location for previous HANDS teams.  The preschool children where all very happy to be in school and were being taught by a teacher that is very passionate about teaching.  What a blessing it was for our team to see a building built by a previous team being used for education and sharing the gospel.  It is our prayer that the projects we have been working on will also be well used for the same purpose.  Presbyterian Day School has the passionate teachers, and soon they will be a few steps closer to having more useable space at PDS.

Today, we reached a milestone in our electrical wiring project.  Sion has been leading some team members in installing wires, light fixtures, outlets, and switches.  After days of working on this, we were able to power the circuits today!  The lights and plugs all worked.  It was exciting to see a project through from start to finish – then we learned we can install fans tomorrow.

In addition to electrical, other team members are installing railings around the second storey.  The railings are pipes that have their ends fixed in concrete piers.  Installing railings involves:  cutting pipes, making rebar cages to reinforce the piers, making forms for the piers, drilling holes into existing concrete, then the concrete can be mixed and poured into the form.  Clearly, this is no small task… good thing there are so many people to help out!

We haven’t only been building a school on this trip.  This evening at devotions we reflected on how well we have bonded as a team.  All of us knew a few people on the team before leaving Canada, but now each of us can call each other friends.  One of the lesser advertised benefits of a HANDS trip is the relationships that are formed among the participants.  When we return home in few days, we will bring with us a newfound appreciation for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer Requests:

-          Praise and thanksgiving for our loving Saviour

-          Thankfulness for learning more about God and His work in Belize

-          Thankfulness for learning more about God’s work in each of our lives and our team member’s lives

-          Thankfulness for health and safety experienced on our trip so far

-          Request for continued health and safety on the last working day and upcoming traveling

-          Request for blessing as we say goodbye to Belize and the people we worked with and form whom we have worked


Jan 13, 2016 at 8:48 am

So great to see and hear the progress you have all made! You are in our prayers as you wrap things up. May God continue to bless you and grant you safe travels tomorrow as you return home! Can't wait to see more pictures and hear all the stories firsthand!

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