April 16, 2012


Gateway HANDS Team:

Another GREAT day!!

We started off with an early, 6:00 am breakfast and we were at the school by 7:00.  We began the day by playing soccer with the Grade 7 class …. what a blast!  It is terrific how sports can help to cross the language barrier and open up communication in a fun and different way!

We then went to the Grade 5 class where we shared a story with them and made a craft with them … we colored together while we worked to communicate with one another.  

Next we went to the grade 1 class where we took turns singing action songs and children’s songs to one another … their smiles and their energy are absolutely infectious!  We had so much fun!

Our classroom time with the older kids included a time of devotions and then sharing with each other what we have learned while we have been together.  What a great morning!  We can hardly believe that tomorrow is our last day here … and we know that we are not ready to say goodbye!

Our afternoon took us back to Bautista Libertad where we worked hard and painted more perlins … 30 in all!  We have finally figured out a system and we have gotten much better at working together to finish them in an efficient manner.  The working conditions are really hot there, but no one complained and everyone worked so well together!

On the way home we stopped at the store to buy snacks for the evening.  It is a bit of a treat when we stop a ‘la Union’ to be able to buy chips and pop, or something sweet as a snack for the evening! 

Our evening was filled with preparing gifts to give to our friends tomorrow at Monte Hermon and beginning the process of packing and preparing for our return home.  We also had our regular time of devotions and reflection together in the evening.   — We have truly appreciated the encouragement and support we have received from our family and our Prayer Partners through their letters and notes … it has been a highlight of the trip and a meaningful part of our devotional time, in which we have been encouraged and supported! - Thank you!

Tomorrow will be an emotional day as we say goodbye … we have been so blessed to have been able to be here!


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