November 4, 2014

Day 2--Work work work---(Arista!)

Red Deer HANDS Team:

We checked our blog before we started devotions.  Your responses were read out to the group.  We were encouraged and uplifted with them!!! Thank you!

We were up on time, had breakfast at 7, were leaving by 7:30 and were at our work site by 8:30. The school had an assembly to welcome us and thank us for coming.  Jason, our team leader, was asked to respond, and represented us well.  (The children start school at 7am)

Today we were on stage…removal that is! The guys had to break a concrete retaining wall, and then remove about 600 cubic felt of a mixture of concrete and dirt.  They also started digging holes for the footings.  We need 8 – 1 square metre and 1 metre deep.  They have started 6 and completed 1. The ladies tied rebar for cement columns and helped a little with the guys’ work.
Our work today was definitely physical labor- it was very hot – we had to pace ourselves.  The breeze and places of shade were life savers.  It was a productive first day! It was great to have Harry Valstar from Calgary join us –many hands make work!

Many people have now opened their first card from their prayer partner, and have been blessed and encouraged through them. Thank you!  We have also been enjoying our little treats in our care packages from Sonya!

We are tired, but thankful for a good first work day!

P.S. Jeff Plan for today: Keep him so busy he is too tired to get lost….Mission accomplished!!!

Miss you all!




Nov 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Delightful report! Glad you are making good progress. We'll sleep better knowing you are all doing well and doing your part! Best to all!

Nov 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Great pictures! Glad to see first hand what you guys are up to. Prayers for a restful sleep and another productive day tomorrow. You guys are a blessing!

Nov 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Enjoying your blog and keep working.Love the pictures. Prayers and good wishes to you all.

Jim S
Nov 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Jeff! All that dirt on your shorts are supposed to be on your hands. Too many water breaks? Have a great day tomorrow! We're just arm chair workers.

Sjoerd and Annette
Nov 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

It is so great to be able to follow your blog. We are glad you had a safe trip! The pictures say it all, so all the best to you in the heat. We are praying for your group and all your efforts in The Netherlands.

Carolyn Neufeld
Nov 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Great photos! Helps me feel as though i'm 'there with you' -- which in my prayers i am. Stay hydrated and rested my friends!!

Nov 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

i like your picters.have fun on your mission trip and worck hard.

Nov 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

God is good, all the time and I am constantly being reminded of the awesome and physical work that you all are doing!! My continued prayers going out to the whole team daily! My prayers also going out for a good nights rest for you all! May you continually feel rewarded by the many jobs you are doing for the families in that community! May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you!! I truly hope that you have a true sense of fulfillment carrying out the work that has brought you to your temporary home. Sending love, hugs and blessings from the Homefront!! Prayers being lifted up for you all as well! Looking forward to tomorrow's blog!! Rest well and may God keep you safe

Nov 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Nice to read the progress you're making, and to see the photos. Yeah, girl power!! Way to do some of the "guy's work" ladies! Continued prayers for you all during your time there.

jenny and jacquie Huizenga
Nov 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Enjoyed reading your blog. All the best, and blessing to you in your work.

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