April 18, 2012

So Much Joy!

Bramalea HANDS Team:

So Much Joy      

The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 150 to “Praise the Lord”. Somehow it seems easier to do here in the midst of a building full of Belizean school children who are constantly smiling, waving and saying hello. Perhaps this helps to explain in part why Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 19, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” These ones have much to teach me.

God’s hand is clearly seen working everywhere. First of all, we see answers to prayer. Praise the Lord, the Ministry of Education completed their inspection on Monday and have confirmed that they will provide the funding for another teacher for the school! They have also told Principal Ruth Ku that they will immediately begin the process to make this happen.  Another prayer request that we had for Pastor Leogardo Catzim’s exam towards his ordination has been delayed until this coming Monday so please continue to pray for that.

Another significant milestone was completion of the pouring of the concrete floor in the 3rd floor Auditorium that we have been working on since we arrived. We estimate that along with local contractors Emmanuel, Jamie, Freddie and Pastor Leo, John, Ed, Brian and I have lifted/carried/mixed about 10 tons of concrete so far, but we are not done yet. There is a classroom that Allan has been working on with Eduardo to complete the stucco on the walls and a hallway connected to the auditorium that also need the final concrete floor to be poured. So we have two days worth of concrete work still to do and two days left to get it done! Michelle and Bev finished painting the newly renovated pre-school room which will give them the ability to split the large class into two and provide increased capacity for this age group. They will now move to starting to paint the auditorium. Dion and Peter have finished constructing and installing a number of bathroom stall doors which will allow new washrooms to be opened and they are now working on an eavestrough project that will keep rainwater out of the building. The gentle whirring of ceiling fans and lights shinning in dark rooms provide evidence all over the building that our ace electrician Wilson has been there and put his skills to good use.

Yesterday we had the opportunity to hand out the pencil cases to the children. It was a real joy to move from classroom to classroom, introduce ourselves and hand out a few pencils, markers, crayons, etc. to each child and see the genuine gratitude and joy that it brought to them. In the pre-school classroom, many of the kids jumped up and hugged our legs as soon as we walked into the classroom and they didn’t even know why we were there. Truly, I still have much to learn about what it means to be thankful and live out the joy of my salvation in Jesus Christ.

The prayers of God’s people for our team have been evident from the moment we got in the vans to head for the airport in Brampton right up to today. There has been great harmony and chemistry amongst the team members. Evening devotions and times of praise through singing an sharing have been diverse and each a blessing. We have been granted wonderful health this entire time with no significant issues, injuries or setbacks. Thank you to each one who has taken a hold of the rope with us in this way.

Comments:

Wilma
Apr 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Thank you for sharing! SO neat to see God work through you and your team. Plan on reading the rest of your blog soon as we will heading up to Belize with a team next Feb! Blessings on your continued work. May his grace and peace fill your hearts.

Janine
Apr 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

The blog is a big blessing as it not only allows family to see what is happening but is a great way to share with other interested people. Being able to follow along with the progress is a wonderful motivator to praise God for the working of His mighty hand and to continue to petition the Father for His grace, strength and provision!

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