March 21, 2015

Day 1 - by Matthew Hais

Nanaimo 2015 HANDS Team:

2015 Belize Trip

Travel Day/Arrival

We started out on our long journey from the school. Many of you parents came to see us off and we kindly thank you. The drive down to Victoria was, at most, uneventful (Besides a few select people, myself included, getting turned around in Duncan). We entered the airport with no trouble and easily boarded our first flight. For some it was their first time on an aircraft, and I can personally assure all parents that they did an excellent job, even in the extreme turbulence!

After landing in Seattle we quickly found our gate and began the hour long wait for our flight (And a select three were able to quickly skirt to another wing of the airport, get Mexican food, and get back with time to spare!). The Seattle -> LA flight went by like a flash, leaving us in the LA airport, waiting for our final flight to arrive. After some passport issues, and missing laptops, we managed to settle down for the 3 hour wait. The final flight to Belize was a smooth flight, with many of us getting approximately 2ish hours of sleep along the way!

After clearing the Belize border, we quickly loaded into vehicles and began the long drive to our final destination. After arriving, we spent most of our day relaxing about, trying not to take long naps. Up to this point we are all extremely tired (Most of us with less than 4 hours sleep the entire trip!), but are having an extremely fun time, playing soccer and a variety of card games.

Speaking of not getting enough sleep, I’m heading off for a good nights rest, see you all tomorrow!

One last thing…despite all of the fatigue of the team…Nathan seems to be the most acclimatized to new environment…




Mar 21, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Thank you, Matthew. So good to hear from you all. All the best as you live and serve.

Mar 21, 2015 at 10:30 pm

So glad to hear that you are all there. What an adventure. I love the picture. I am praying that you will each and everyone of you be blessed but even more be a blessing to each one you come in to contact with. So proud of you all - even if I only know a few of you :) Tell Evan Gramma is watching !!

Mar 21, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Do all for the glory of God.

Mar 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Yeah, you made it safe and sound. Hope you all rest well on your first night and are ready for your adventures ahead. Praying for you all.

Mar 22, 2015 at 12:15 am

Hey, so glad to hear all went well with the flight. Looking forward to hearing more as the days go by. Enjoy the warm sun and soak up all that God puts in front of you.

Mar 22, 2015 at 1:21 am

Yes, Nathan seems to be doing well in his new digs!! Ha ha! Enjoy any scenic routes that come your way . . . you never know what you might see in its natural habitat! May your time there be productive and enjoyed by all. You are in my thoughts and prayers Nanaimo Hands Team.

Mar 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Hey Ashley! Missing you lots! Looks like a good time, God bless you & your friends time in all your works!


Love ya big bro,


Mar 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm

im taking a wild guess that Brianna was one of the select three to get Mexican Food

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