April 1, 2014

First Blog Post

Drayton 2014 HANDS Team:

Draytons Journey to Zambia had an awesome start. We met about a year ago, and one of our first decisions was, "where are we going to go" ? We had partnered with EduDeo when they were known as World Wide Christian Schools  since 2005, going every other year to the Dominican Republic. This year, we rated all of the available destinations, and surprisingly, we were lead to go to Zambia of all places. We wondered where that came from at the time. Our team leader, Sid Vanderveen, called Tim Bootsma and said that we were all led to choose Zambia for our next HANDS trip. Tim was silent for a moment, them told us that a number of weeks ago, the group EduDeo partners with in Zambia, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, called and said that they needed 3 teams. Tim was forced to admit that he had no teams available to go. Less than a month later, all 3 spots were filled, with Drayton being the third and final team. We took this as a clear message that God's hand was involved in our decision to go to Zambia. Indeed, we could see that in the generosity of the people who partnered with us in our fundraising efforts. We firmly belive God word when He says:

John 14:13-14

13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.


Apr 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I am thrilled that you guys have been led to go to Zambia and work with the wonderful people of our partner CCAP.

May our God keep you safe in your travels and while you are there.

Really looking forward to your posts.

Anja Noordam
Apr 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

God's blessings and good health for Arnold

Apr 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Praying for this team of Christ followers!!

Apr 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Praying for safe travels!!

Apr 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Gods blessing and We hope Arnold feels better soon

Jo-anne Brown
Apr 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Hi Melinda, I prayed that God would give you safe travels.

Praying for Arnold too. Heard he wasn't feeling well. Praying for a quick recovery.

May the Lord guide you, and help you accomplish what you were sent to do. Jo-Anne

Apr 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Hi all

Hope you all have arrived safely in Zambia.

evelyn knetsch
Apr 7, 2014 at 8:12 am


Dorothy Struyk
Apr 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

Hello everyone,we pray that you all had a safe trip. David the phone is really quiet here. Praying for all of you.

Bert congratulations,so glad that you were able to see Payton,before your trip.

Apr 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

Hey team, waiting for some blogs. Hope everyone is well and thinking about you frequently.

Apr 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

To call the team the phone number is 011-260-97-345-1077. They can't call us. Remember they are 6 six hours ahead of us.

Steve & Pat
Apr 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hello Everyone! Hope you have arrived safely and that everyone is feeling well and ready to get started! Have a great day! Keeping you in our prayers!

Fred & Cora
Apr 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

As your work begins, we pray for health and safety throughout the week... looking forward to hearing your progress!

Teresa Rumph
Apr 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

A note to anyone trying the cell number. It didn't work for me, but my long distance provider said we need a 2 before the 97. This gives me a "network busy" msg. If the number above doesn't work for you, try this one: 011-260-297-345-1077.

Wishing the team well!

Apr 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Hi everyone,

Hope you have arrived safely, and praying your first day went well!

Hope to here from you soon!

Apr 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hope everyone is there safely. We are keeping you all in our prayers.

Amy Van Til
Apr 8, 2014 at 6:41 am

Hi Everyone,

I was able to contact the team today. The phone number to call them has been changed. It is


You will be connected to an operator (so you will need to follow the prompts) and they will then connect the call.

The team will have the cell on them, so I think you can call anytime.

You can also text this phone number.

Apr 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

Thanks for letting us know Amy!!

Apr 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

I tried the new number and it works well.

Everything is fine with the team.

We'll keep on praying. God bless you all.

Heine & Bonnie
Apr 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Hi Sid and team. Wishing you all the best in your ministry. May you not only be a blessing to those you minister to, but that you may be blessed by them as well. What an opportunity! Enjoy!

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