November 6, 2014

Day 4-----Footings in---Yeah team!!!

Red Deer HANDS Team:

To work we did go….today the footings were poured…with 4 yards of cement.  This involved loading sand, gravel, cement, and water by bucket into the portable mixer, and hauling the cement by wheelbarrow to the different holes.  Hot, heavy work!

We also painted purlins…and tied more rebar!....We are working!  Peter commented, “It’s a good thing there was a stage to remove, or we may have run out of work for you to do!”

Today really saw our team connecting with the children of the school.  Noah’s Art Playschool lent us a parachute-we had a lot of fun singing and playing games with each class in the school.  They loved it!  Gord brought fireman stickers for each child in the school.  Rolanda made a game with English and Spanish phrases that kids lined up to play. The children enjoyed pictures Ger shared from home.  Sheila has been teaching and encouraging the students to pick up the wire tie fragments and placing them in the garbage. Art and Jeff played soccer with a group of students.  Harvey, Art and Jeff joined in on one class’ exercise class- it helped them practice their numbers in Spanish and keep in shape, of course. The children are feeling much more comfortable with us and are coming up to visit with everyone.

We are having a quiet evening at the Nehemiah Center- enjoyed a great supper of chicken lasagne, read and worked on our blog.  We are going to do some singing.  We are so fortunate to have John and his guitar. 

Another great day!

PS: Bill has joined Harvey in the remedial “learning to count” class!



Nov 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Wow!! Checking the blog at least once a day just to get a feel for how production (or should I say construction) is going!! I can well imagine that you are exhausted by the end of the day! Satisfactorily exhausted!! I pray for continued success in all your endeavours!! Keep up the amazing work team...and rest assured that there are many people this side of the ocean that are lifting you up in prayer!!

Nov 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Nothing like laying a solid foundation! Imagine all that hard work in the heat and still energy left to play games with the kids! Oh, to be young (at heart)!

Impressive! Love you guys! Merle & Henny

Nov 7, 2014 at 1:23 am

Fun pictures. Enjoy the blog. Obvious having a good time after all the work to put this together. Thanks. God bless!

Nov 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I can't even imagine getting through days like that! So proud of you all! I am praying that your strength will hold out and sickness will be kept at bay!

Nov 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm

The Church's One Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord! She is His new creation by water and the Word!

Matthew 7:24-27 says:

"24 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on the solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."

Keep up the toil & tribulation, the fun and frivolity, for you all are precious in the sight of those who are serving and those you are representing. May God continue to bless you, keep you safe, healthy and filled with the Holy Spirit!! Stay strong Red Deer HANDS Team!!'s cooling off in Alberta!! Bring some warm weather back when you return! Love to you all!!

Ev Oosterhoff

Nov 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

It's so apparent that love is building the school but it is also apparent that love is building relationships within the team, with the children, with those you encounter everyday.

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

― Mother Teresa

Sending Love, Hugs & Blessings to you all!

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