November 30, 2013

Dedication Day

Poelman Family HANDS Team:

Today started out like many of the others this week although we left for work a bit later than normal. We got to the project site without incident, but only worked for the morning because today was the day for the school dedication. We have most of the walls raised to window height for the whole school. Henry only fell down once, and proceeded to pull Philemon down as well. Then the rest of the boys had to tussle around a bit, much to the amusement of the bricklayers.

At about 3:00, the dedication of the school began. We had the pleasure of witnessing some of the girl students performing an traditional initiation/graduation dance. We were later invited to dance for them and were once again embarrassed by our mediocre dancing skills compared to the Zambian people, who seem to have a natural rhythm. We heard a number of the teachers and PTA members share their thoughts on the project. Jerry and Michelle presented the school with gifts on behalf of the team. The gifts comprised of a soccer ball and a laptop, which were generously donated by Jonathan Hummel and John Williamson.

After the farewell ceremony, we walked over to the project site and did the dedication of the school in Kyndra's name. Jerry, Michelle, Ryan and Mike gave readings from 1 Corinthians 13 and and 1 Corinthians 3:11. They then presented the memorial plaque to representatives of the school who will ensure it goes up once the school is finished. I think Philemon said it best the other day when he said to us, "it's not your trip, it's her trip, it's Kyndra's trip".

On the way home, we set a new record getting 17 people in our 12 passenger van. Tomorrow is our last day with the van, it won't be missed!


Dec 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

How awesome!!!! Yes- it was Kyndra's trip! Tears of joy filled my heart when I read this. Am so proud of you all for you fulfilling the call God has given you! Smiles from heaven are raining down!

Dec 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

Enjoy reading your blogs. Keeps us close to you and also a bit of insight in to the villages. Today, a snowy southern Alberta morning sending out a prayer on your behalf and wishing you a good day. God bless you all and the folks you are working for.

Dec 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

Praise GOD, that He still uses KYNDRA to accomplish great things!

Dec 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs. What a beautiful plaque for the school to share the memory of a beautiful person. Have a safe trip back to Alberta!

Dec 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

What a beautiful legacy your girl leaves behind,somehow that does not sound right, it should read;What a beautiful legacy your girl started.

Have a safe trip back to the deepfreeze zone!

Dec 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm


The Sierras in Lethbridge, AB is very proud of you. Your mission in Zambia is all about love to others, and of course, your deep love to your late daughter Kyndra.

God loved us so much that He gave His only Son Jesus to live, die, and rise again to redeem us. (1 John 4:9) We receive His love when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. "As many has received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." (John 1:2)

After we experienced God's love, we then can learn to give love, "Let us love one another, for love is of God." (1John 4:7) God's love enables us to love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

God bless us all!

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