February 19, 2013

DAY 2

Fenwick HANDS Team:

He knows what you need!

Your adoptive heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. He knows the size and significance of your trial, and he is aware of your limits and weaknesses. Paul David Tripp

Right from the very beginning of the day, we were encouraged to recognize that God would be with us and would equip us with all we needed as we headed to our first day of work.  At 7 am this morning, we all hoped into the van, refreshed after a good night’s sleep and excited to begin serving at Redeemer Presbyterian Pre-School.

After a great breakfast, we were introduced to our “bosses” Veniceo and Sien and split into two groups to begin our projects. A few people cleaned up and prepared the new school room for plastering. Others of us were digging trenches and the rest were in and out of the classroom.  What a day!!  The weather is very warm and we are not used to working in this heat. God refreshed us with rain and breezes when we really needed them. We paced ourselves and took breaks and hydrated ourselves throughout the day.  We prepared lessons for Vacation Bible School that we will be running at the school tomorroww afternoon. We ate delicious food prepared for us by the wonderful ladies of the school.  We are blessed by the people here .  We stayed at the church until the prayer service that was held at 6:00.  I think that we can safely say that we have never been this dirty in church before.  We have a “new” task for tomorrow…sweeping out the church!!  We enjoyed a prayer service with the people of Belize and were introduced to the congregation and sang and read with them. We discussed later this evening how even though we did not understand most of the service because it was in Spanish, we were in unity, because we were serving the same God. Just as Pastor Hogeterp gave the illustration on Sunday how when we are all gathered together and are asked our names and we all shout them all out at the same time, it is a loud “noise” of many names, when asked where we are all from, the answers are not as many and it may be a few different cities at once, but when we ask who our Saviour is we all respond in Unity…Jesus.  We all serve the same God.  He is the same, no matter what language we praise His name in.

We finally got back to our hotel at 8:00 to shower and meet together to reflect on our day and share our many stories with each other and to Thank God for blessing each one of us.  We thank you all for your encouraging words and we ask you to continue and to pray for us.  

Comments:

Hilda
Feb 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

Good Morning. I see you definitely have your work cut out for you there...but glad there are things to be done..Prayers for all of you that you are able to keep 'fresh' despite the humidity..Is that the new bathrooms that the guys were working on?? You really did have for a loooooooooooooong day yesterday If you had to be ready by 7a.m and back after 8p.m. hoped everyone slept well and ready for the new day of today...take care and stay safe..hugs and blessings from Hans and me.

Derek Prinsen
Feb 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

I see you have met Yaretzie and Jonathan(last photo) I hope they got my letter i sent with you.

It's nice to see your "bosses" are doing good.

I hope you all keep busy with work ...and with the kids :)

Donna Kok
Feb 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hello Fenwick team! Its good to see the progress on the school and outhouse!I actually MISS the humidity now that I am back in Ontario again! Say Hi to all our new friends we made down there !I loves seeing the pictures and blog to keep us updated . I will continue to pray God gives you strength and energy to continue His work in San Narcisio!

Evert and Nellie
Feb 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hi Team

You had a very long day, glad you had some breezes and rain to cool you off a little. great to see the pictures. You can send some heat here, it just seems to be so cold especially at night, I could use some Belizian heat right now, it is minus 7 but feels a lot colder. May God bless you , wonderful to have vacation Bible School tomorrow,, have a great day! Blessings from Evert and Nellie

joyce
Feb 21, 2013 at 12:42 am

Hi everyone, thanks for the update. It's good to stay connected. Hard to imagine it beng too hot there,we could use a bit of heat (actually we could use a LOT of heat).You are in our prayers.

blessings Joyce

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