February 22, 2013

Home again!

Georgetown 2013 HANDS Team:

Dear friends, family and supporters,

Well, as you all know, we have returned home safely, and we are all thankful to have been reunited with you.   

It's fair to say that this has truly been a rich experience for all of us, and while we are happy to be home again, we are already missing the warm African sun, and our  friends in Asamankese.   

The past week has been a difficult transition for us - not only in us adjusting to the new time zone, but also in re-adjusting to North American culture.    As much as we love the comforts of home, there is also a sense of comfort in accepting things like the fact that the power is off for hours at a time every night, and that's ok.  

From a practical point of view, our time away on this mission was very productive in many ways.   It was wonderful to be able to work on the new school building and to see the children playing and learning in the existing building.    We were able to see the progress there as the footings of the new building were completed and the walls slowly began to rise up out of the ground.    In the existing building, I was also able to help begin some of the electrical work that will continue now that we have left.

Off the job site, we also found out time there to have been productive.   We were able to spend time with the kids of the school and others in the community, and feel so blessed to have been able to get a glimpse of the project as a whole, and of how the Spirit is working in that community.  

I remember reading one morning from Luke chapter 8 - the parable of the sower - about the seed that fell on the good soil, and I remember thinking about how His Majesty's is helping to cultivate the hearts of the children there.    We pray that the Word may be planted in their hearts, that it may take root and grow, and that in time it will bear fruit.

We are planning our reporting service for some time in March, and will post those details as soon as they are available.   In the meantime we ask that you continue to pray for the work that continues there.   Please pray that phase two of that project may continue at a steady pace, and that the building will be completed in His time.

Thanks again for your faithful support and prayers.  They were answered.

John Blaauwendraat


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