January 13, 2014

Day 8: Work Day 5

Barrie HANDS Team:

Monday always feels the same, in every workplace, and in every country.  Don't get us wrong, it does bring us sincere joy to serve Belizeans and God in our temporary workplace, but after a wonderful weekend filled with rest, the alarm clock seemed a little harsh this morning.


The smiles on the school children quickly set us in the right mood.  Our work consisted of making more forms, and pouring concrete into more columns.  We are also preparing the forms and the rebar reinforcement for the top of the wall.  Although the work may sound fairly mundane, our day included many special highlights.  Leo, Kristen, Nikki and Wilfreda attended chapel with teachers and students.  Sion taught a swarm of students how to use the power drills; this teachable moment saw the demise of three drill bits and turned screws that had Robertson heads into perfectly circular heads. 

Karitza is a 7 year old girl that goes to school where we have been working. She has grown quite found of Kristen and Nikki, and on the first day of work she invited them to her house. They decided that it would be wise to choose a different day, and they chose Monday. So, after school Kristen and Nikki went to Karitza’s house, it was about a 2 minute walk from the school. When they arrived they were greeted by Karitza’s mother and grandmother, they introduced themselves and were invited into the backyard by Karitza and her cousin. The two children then took Nikki and Kristen through the backyard and showed them all of the fruit trees and animals. Karitza’s family has banana trees, orange trees, plum trees, mango trees, and some other trees. They also have chickens, turkeys, geese, a chick, a turtle, a few parrots, and a dog. The children had Nikki and Kristen participate in their afternoon chores, and this included feeding the animals. They enjoyed watching the chickens scurry around searching for the corn that they threw out. It was when Karitza tackled a turkey and carried it over to them that they freaked out a little bit. Nikki and Kristen were given bananas and oranges to take back to the rest of the team, and they were thanked for coming. The girls said that they could see God through the children because they were so willing to give what little they had.

Thank you for your continued prayers, we are back at work again tomorrow. We ask that you continue to pray for our safety, as well as our health. 


Cye & Cathy
Jan 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Thank you for keeping up a wonderful blog with fantastic pictures! Indeed, God is good - all the time! He has kept you safely and in good health, has used you for the hard work that was needed, and has made you be a blessing and in return, blessed you all so richly. Safe travels as you return to Barrie!

Jan 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Amazing photos! Delightful story of Sion and his rounded screws :) Loved hearing of Karitza's hospitality and generosity. Not sure if her name is linked to the English 'Carissa', but 'charis' is Greek for grace/gift.

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