November 22, 2011

Tuesday, our first day!

Kitchener HANDS Team:

After a safe trip to Belize, we were thankful that everything went very smoothly. Our fears for our boarder crossing were absolutely needless because all three vehicles crossed the boarder within 10 minutes. We were all amazed!

Pastor Betson drove up in a dilapidated old school bus that was built sometime in the 60's.

We were blown away by his enthusiastic, warm welcome with big hugs, "I love you's" and "You are special". He is wonderful and incredibly passionate for the ministry at Unity school, and for the well being of the youth in the community.

He took us immediately to see the school where we met many children and staff. We were awestruck with the surrounding "squatter's" homes all around the school. It was shocking for us to see garbage and waste and such poverty here. Housing is indeed in the swamp!

The school has been built up about six feet above ground on a type of stilt or pier system. It is like a beautiful flower growing amongst thorns.

Was a long tiring day. We arrived at the pastor's house where we settled in, had some dinner

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