January 10, 2014

Day 5: Work Day 4

Barrie HANDS Team:

Belize sounds different from home.  At the school, we can hear free range chickens, roosters, and turkeys all day.  The small lizards make an odd squeaking-chirp sound.  A chorus of dogs seems to be present everywhere we seek some peace and quiet.  In the morning, every morning, we are blessed with the sound of the students singing worship songs.  This sound carries all over the school to our work site as well.  It was a true joy to sing along with the children songs that we remember from Timothy Christian School; some of these songs we haven’t sung since grade 8.


We are coming together as a team, and still accomplishing more than we thought we would.  We poured more lintels (the concrete beams across doors and windows) and columns in the walls.  More blocks have been added to the walls.  We poured a centre column, and as we were pouring, the form split open spilling concrete everywhere. There was some disappointment, but our team had a positive attitude, and we were able to use this challenge as a learning opportunity. We got right back to work cleaning up the mess, rebuilding the form, and pouring the concrete. It was a blessing in disguise when the delivery truck arrived right when the form cracked; this is because the truck contained some more planks of wood. Had the truck not arrived when it did, we wouldn’t have been able to have finished the form on time.

The students have a half day every Friday, this means that at 12 o’clock they all go back to their homes. Around 1 o’clock a young girl came back asking to play with Nikki and Kristen, and they played for a short time while children slowly started coming. Once they had a group of about 5 children they decided to go and gather more children. Our two team members were then taken through the village gathering the children to play a game of soccer. They say that it was interesting seeing how many of the children were doing different chores, similar to Canada. Even though we are in a different country, children still have to participate in family chores, and children still like to get out of chores to play with their friends.

We have been having an amazing trip, and we have been working hard. We look forward to our day off tomorrow, especially because we have plans to visit a Mayan Ruin.

Thank you for your continued support, and prayers. 


Jan 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Nice to see everyone's smiling faces!! Thnx for doing a great job and posting all the pictures!! Enjoy your break tomorrow !!

Phyllis Alberts
Jan 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

Today's pictures are so encouraging to see: contentment, peace, exhaustion and focus. And a healthy amount of dirt (always a good sign that work is being accomplished). Wonderful post! Thanks!

Jan 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Thanks Lee for the lovely flower. Enjoy reading the blog. Thankful that work and experiences are positive. Good to see your smiling faces.

jake and minka
Jan 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Our prayers continue to be with you all for a wonderful time of building and spreading the good news!

Feed and cyndi
Jan 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

The pictures look great, the project is coming along. You guys are all doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!

Jan 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Great job guys and gals .almost makes me want to be there too .Cor I don't remember showing you how to cut lumber that way. Maybe you can ask Mitch for a refresher course. He was pretty good at Cadets.Have a great rest of the trip and God bless!

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