January 25, 2014

early Saturday

Grimsby HANDS Team:

¡buenos días

The roosters are crowing again.  The day begins.  As I was lying in bed this morning I was thinking about what to write about and it occurred to me that we're about half way through our trip.  Perhaps it's time for a little reflection on our experiences so far.

At lunch yesterday afternoon and at our small group session last night, we talked about how we wanted to convey this experience to our families, friends and churches back home.  Talking about what we've seen and done is the easy part.  We can all show you pictures and tell you stories.  More difficult, though, is relating how it 'feels' here.  There are so many intangibles that make this experience so unique.  The sounds, the smells and especially the people.  

On this trip, as in life, it's often the little things that mean the most.  Things that are so subtle that if you're not paying attention, you miss them, yet, when you stop and notice, they stir something deep inside of you.  

I've seen many things like that on this trip.  One was the singing from the teachers that we heard on Thursday morning on the jobsite.  It was something totally unexpected, suddenly the air was filled with music and everyone stopped.... the concrete could wait for a few minutes.

On Wednesday evening, when Consuelo and her son Raphael came to talk to us. The look in his eyes as he sat beside his mother, translating for her and the interaction between the two of them as they, together, told their story.  You could feel the love that they had for each other and you could see how proud she was of her son (and how proud he was of his mother).

The sights and sounds in the streets, especially in the small towns, are like nothing that I've seen before.  There are people everywhere, interacting, laughing, talking.... living life together.  

Yesterday, the first school that we visited had a few children there.  The kids here are beautiful.  There was one in particular that touched my heart.  She's the one in yesterday's picture holding the teddy bear.  Her eyes, her smile... not something that I'll soon forget.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  When we get home don't just ask us about the work, weather and scenery, please ask about the little things.  Ask us about what moved us. Ask us where we saw God here.



John Bergshoeff
Jan 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

It's so nice to see your write ups and your pictures,we are sure you are a blessing to the peole over there and also receive a blessing from doing this. you are in our prayers everyday.

John & Shirley Bergshoeff

(Ron take care Mom and Dad)

George and Sylvia Prins
Jan 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

Thank you for sharing your experiences.Technology, although frustrating at times allows us so many blessings. Thank you for capturing and naming some of the little things in life that give us so much joy. Its these little things that can be difficult to name that that give us so much joy and meaning in life.

The blessing of being in a new and different culture allows you to see and feel some of these experiences with fresh perspective. Blessings on your venture and looking forward to hearing more about your time when you return home.

Jan 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

Love reading the blog!! So glad to see the pictures and imagining the scenerios!! I so identify with your post of today, it recalls our team's similar experience in El Salvador last summer. The beauty of the smiles, the eyes, the kindness and generosity, the transparent vulnerable community - it's a deep wonder! Blessings to all of you... enjoy!! :)

Dick & Mary Vermeer
Jan 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

We have been and are following your blog. Great way to stay in touch and keep the home team informed. Wishing you God's continued blessings on your work and experiences. We're staying tuned for your latest updates!

Jan 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm

hi everyone

It's good to see that you are doing well and enjoying each other's company. It's a wonderful experience to participate on a hand's team. I have wonderful memories of Nicaragua where I have served three times. ( drywalling nehemiah centre, putting on a second storey on a school and digging a foundation in rock hard earth

I have meet Lucy the monkey. And have enjoyed working with Pete, Trudy, Lester and Felix. God bless


Janis Thies
Jan 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

So excited to hear all of what God is doing in Nicaragua!! Looking forward to hearing how the Holy Spirit moved within each of your lives. All you men are a answer to prayer to the people there. I am sure they are appreciating all your help and HARD work! God calls us to go to all nations to not only help others but proclaim the gospel. I pray that you are finding many opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus!!

To Him be all the Glory!

Prayers for God to move in ways you can't even imagine in the lives of the people there and within your group!

(Love you Dad! oxoxo)

Jan 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

beautiful blog post!

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