February 25, 2016

more rebar more holes

Grimsby 2016 HANDS Team:

Yesterday, we finished making all the rebar stirrups, today we finished tying all the rebar columns, and the ombres finished digging all 15 holes, no small feat, when the average age of your group is sixty something.

Begs the question: can't the Nicaraguans dig their own holes, tie their own rebar and make their own stirrups?

In a word: yes.

The same yes that applies to everything else when spokein of in theoretical form. Then there's that gap...you know the one...between theory and reality.

Gets you everytime don't it?

As it applies to this situration, for example: our Nicaraguan friends see with their own eyes, that they have not only not been forgotten, but that the gringos care enough to show up and help with the work, as opposed to just sending the cash. This has proven to not only be very encouraging for them, also building in a certain amount of accountablility, the proverbial shot in the arm as it were. They must initiate the process, by applying to EduDeo for assistance with THEIR school building.

Your welcome!

And as far as the benefits to us gringos: it is deeply humbling to witness the state we would find ourselves in, had we not been born in a country rife with opportunity.  We see first hand that we are blessed far more than we can even comprehend in this little snippet of time. If we intend to survive our overabundance, we must share it! In blessing, we are blessed.

So you can see, how digging holes and tying rebar really CAN bring true happiness, because digging holes and tying rebar means that untold number of kids will be freed from the bondage of poverty.

Don't believe me? Come on down here and see for yourself. It's like magic




Feb 25, 2016 at 10:49 pm

Thanks for the update, looks like a lot of work was done.its neat when you experience how thankful the locals are for what you came to help them with.

Trust you stay focused and be encouraged for the task ahead.

Enjoy your leisure time also as you connect with each other.

God bless you all!

Jerry Gerritsen


Say a special hello to Peter,Trudy,and Lester from me.

Still feel disappointed to have to miss this trip

Feb 25, 2016 at 11:03 pm

Thanks for sharing, you summoned it up well.

Good job. Praying for you all

Feb 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

Looks like you are a lot done. Also looks like hard work. May the Lord bless you all with good sleep ad strong backs! Praying for you all the be blessed and be a blessing. Maybe knowing that we have just freezing temperatures (_3) will cool you off a little!

Coby W.

Feb 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Thanks for the updates! You're pictures are great as well.

Continuing to pray for your team!

Feb 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Wheelbarrows, not 5 gallon pails! WOW

Feb 27, 2016 at 7:07 am

Blessings as you continue to work, and as you make connections with the community there!

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