February 26, 2013

Day 9

Fenwick HANDS Team:

Dale Dale Duro, queremos dulce.  This means Hit it hard, we want sweets!!!

There was a birthday party in the preschool classroom for dear Shatzee!  Complete with presents and cake and a Dora PINATA. It was exciting and all the children took turns hitting the piñata and trying to open the piñata.  After the kids took turns and it still hadn’t opened, the “Canadians” got to take a turn.

First up was Karl and after some misses and hits, he passed the baton to Devon. Well, he was successful and the candy poured out of the piñata and the children went running and filled their pockets with sweets. There was much laughter and lots of food and love shown to the birthday girl as the students presented her with gifts and hugs.  I’m sure that their parents were really excited to have such hyper children for the afternoon.

The work around the church continued this morning. We took the forms off of the sidewalk in the front of the new preschool classroom and the parging of the front wall. This was a final coat of parging which requires great skill, so Sain worked on this alone while the team of Devon and Anita mixed the plaster for the parge and Ans was the guard of the parge.  Flowers were falling from the trees into the plaster, so the team had to pick them out and keep the plaster covered. Ed brought the plaster over to Sian and made sure he had the tools that he needed and supplys and helped to smooth down the wall.

  The “ALT” team set to work on the walls of the washroom. They laid concrete blocks and sealed it with mortar and took off the forms around the foundation. They are getting pretty good at laying concrete blocks and building foundations, so they will all be taking these great skills home with them.  Anyone need any work done in this area?  Give them a call.  Everyone has been trying to get into their group, but they are pretty hard core. They did allow Karl to help this morning…but he had to pass initiation first. So they are working with Venicio on this project and they have a great relationship with each other and are learning lots from him.

In between tasks we are cleaning up and organizing the room that we have been using at the church. We have given Miss Leydi some school supplies and classroom material and games for the kids, so we have cleaned up shelves and sorting books and made room for these supplies.  We also gave a bag of supplies to the school we visited yesterday and we have a bag of supplies for the school we will be visiting tomorrow. We took the bus and were driven by Zair , Miss Leydi’s brother and he took us to   Cornerstone Presbyterian High school whose principle is Albert Zantingh, who has lived here for 28 years, but was originally from Smithville.  We had a great visit with him and enjoyed the tour of the school and meeting with students and seeing their classrooms. He sends his love to his family and friends back home.

We thought that the weather has been hot so far, but today was even hotter!!  The temperature was 35 degrees and with the humidity it was in the 40’s.  We have been dripping with sweat and have been drinking lots of water!!!  We will be attending prayer service tonight at the church, people probably won’t recognize us, we will  be the large puddle of water.  Just mop us up at the end of the service !! 

We hope that you were able to enjoy the same beautiful sunset that we watched tonight from wherever you all are. It was beautiful and a great reminder of what an Awesome God we have.


Feb 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

No sunset from here,we have a snow storm warning out and at the moment there are some ice pellets falling. It is awesome to follow your blog everyday. You do great work Andria, could start your own business ha ha.Loved the pic. of you and Kath Did you pass out all the clogs? Enjoy your last day and we pray for safe travels on thursday. See you soon

Feb 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Wow, what beautiful shots of the flowers that are growing there..especially because I love seeing all that tropical stuff in its own growing place..looks like you all had fun at the birthday party..Karl you were just abit too big for those small chairs..I feel for all of you having to work in the intense heat and humidity..but know that here its still cold and tonight we are supposed to get some crazy..storm weather yet..oh well its still Feb. As for the sunset..not today but yesterday absolutely gorgeous..so we have enjoyed some really nice sunny days as well..Will be praying for all of the team as tomorrow you will be saying goodbye to all the people you have met..where have the 10 past days gone already eh??ha ha..We know that God has blessed you all so much as you worked there and also that the people that blessed you with so many good things will miss you for sure..May God keep you all safe on Thursday as you will be travelling home to your loved ones here..I know they are all waiting to see you and hear what you have been doing while you were gone..hugs and blessings to all of you..Hans and Hila

Evert and Nellie
Feb 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hi Team

As some of the comments are saying "No sunset here" It is raining and everything is freezing up. About 1 degree above, will bring a mixed bag tomorrow. Wonderful pictures of beautiful Belize in full bloom. Looks like the kids had a great party with candy all over the yard. Fun! Sorry you couldn't break the pinata Karl as we know you like sweets. The work you are doing looks really nice, all the sidewalks and the finished walls. We can imagine the heat and am almost glad we are not working in that kind of heat, don't think we would like it. One more day and you will be coming home. Have a great day tomorrow, we know it will also be a sad day for all of you as you bond with the children and all those you have befriended. Have a safe journey home, we will be glad to see you safely home. Blessings and Love from Evert and Nellie

Feb 27, 2013 at 7:01 am

Kathy, you took such beautiful pictures.

How neat you all went to visit my brother Albert at his Highschool.

I know he would have felt honoured to take you around for a tour.

You all look,like you have been working hard. That.s awesome.

By looking at these pictures I really want to go back to see my brother and family. Thanks for sharing the blog. I,ve enjoyed following the blog of your whole team.

God bless,


Feb 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

What a priviledge to follow your time in Belize. Such beautiful photo's,and seeing smiles on so many people. Blessings as you wind down your time there. We'll pray for peace to leave these people you have come to love.

God's grace and peace go with you all.

Feb 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing the beauty of Belize and all the daily work that you have done there. I pray that all goes well as you get ready to leave a place where you have been so invovled and busy the last week and a half, and having mixed emotions of wanting to go home, but also hard to leave all those who you have met on this journey....I have so enjoyed following your blog...safe travels tomorrow :)

Feb 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Thanks for sharing everything you've been doing in Belize - what a beautiful place! Wishing you travelling mercies on your way home.

Feb 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Well its Weds night and I did not see any more blogging..I am sure everyone is busy getting ready to come back home..so glad that you all had a great time doing work and play while there in Belize..I know you will all be leaving a part of your hearts there tomorrow..Safe travels home and hope that all your flights are on time..hugs and blessings to each and everyone of you...Hilda and Hans...

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