April 15, 2019

Feddema's Summary of a Day

International Block Learning Trip - London & Toronto HANDS Team:

April 15, 2019

International Block DR

Today the team got up good and early to have breakfast at 7am and be on the road at 8 to go to Pena de Horeb. When we got there kids broke themselves up into teams and worked on excavating dirt and building a pathway around the classrooms. We also helped the Dominican labourers with laying some bricks for a new set of bathrooms for the new classrooms.

The students worked steadily through most of the day and were able to get a decent amount done despite the heat and exhaustion. It’s nice to be able to see the changes that we make around the school. After that we headed back to the base and had some free time until dinner. During this time students usually hangout with each other, play different games, journal, or sing songs with our chaperone Karen and her guitar.

Dinner is the third time each day that we come around a table and share food, prayer and stories together. With the heat and fatigue that is beginning to set in, it’s a challenge eat enough even though lots is made and offered. After dinner we meet in our small groups. Small groups do a variety of things from talk about the day, read the Bible, share personal stories, etc. My group has been working on getting to know each other through sharing stories and asking each other deeper questions.

After small groups we do “circle time” will everyone and check in physically, mentally/emotionally, spiritually on a scale out of 10. We try to be aware and present with each other as we honestly let the group know how we’re doing. We then have announcements and transition into a practice that we call “pumping each other’s tires”. This is where a name is drawn out of a hat and we think of and share positives about that person in a popcorn style. It’s been a powerful tool and the students are quick to jump at the chance to share the positives they see in each other. Then we pray for that person all together and finish debriefing by sharing stories from our day.

Students then have some free time to keep journaling or play some more games with each other. Our days vary quite a bit, but that gives you a sense of the greater picture that underpins the events that take place during the day.

All the best.

David Feddema

Comments:

Carolyn Prinsen
Apr 16, 2019 at 10:46 pm

What an amazing time!! Praying huge HEALTH and STRENGTH over you all. Enjoy the sunshine bc it is COLD and RAINY here! Hey Megs...finally saw you in a picture (besides the full group ones); hahaaa!

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