January 13, 2016

The last day in Belize…

Barrie 2016 HANDS Team:

It is hard for us to believe that it is already our last day in Belize.  It seems like the previous nine days have flown right by.  As much as we are looking forward to being with our family and friends again, it is difficult for us to leave behind our new friends in Belize.

In terms of material accomplishments, we completed many projects that make the room almost ready to use.  In terms of electrical work, wiring of lights (indoor and outdoor), plugs and fans is complete and working.  Windows and doors have been installed and only some minor finishing work remains.  Railings and concrete piers have been poured on the second storey.  A great amount of painting has taken place.  The work space looks quite different from when we first arrived.  May the work we have done here be only to the glory of God, and not for our own boasting.

In terms of relationships, we have gotten to know each other as fellow teammates and Christians.  We have broken out of our ‘normal’ circles at church and gotten to have a whole new respect for the people on our amazing team.  We have tested our limits, expanded our limits, and grown in our Christian walk.  Also of great importance to us are the relationships we formed with the people in Cristo Rey.  They have fed us amazing meals, and graciously accepted us coming alongside them in their challenges and celebrations.  The younger team members were able to form friendships with many of the school children during classroom time and recess and football/soccer after school.  The other team members enjoyed working with ‘Nacho’ (Narciso) on the projects around the school, picking up supplies, and the travelling to and from the worksite.  Our time in Belize has certainly been blessed.

In the afternoon, our team was invited to an assembly with all the teachers and students.  The students thanked us, sang for us, and presented us with cards, crafts, and letters of thanks.  This was an amazing moment for both the students and the team.

Tomorrow we will travel home.  Our plane is schedule to land somewhere around 11:30pm.  Although we will be leaving Belize, our thoughts and memories from this trip will stay with us for ages.  The Lord is at work in Belize, and there is still plenty of work left to do. 

Prayer Requests:

-          Praise and thanksgiving for our awesome Lord and Saviour

-          Thanksgiving for the health and safety we experienced on the worksite

-          Thanksgiving for the Lord’s presence and blessing on this trip

-          Thanksgiving for all the support we received from home (thank you for reading the blog and keeping us in your prayers)

-          May the staff and students at Presbyterian Day School be encouraged and blessed by the work we were able to accomplish and the relationshsips we formed

-          Request for smooth and safe travels home tomorrow


Jan 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

Windows. Doors. Railing. Electrical (lights) painting all visible in this picture

Projects we worked on.

Good job team

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