December 27, 2011

Some thoughts

Smithville HANDS Team:

A week from today we will be on our way to Managua, Nicaragua. W will be a team of 9 people. Our thoughts will be with our families back home and as well a few of our team members who are staying behind. We should be a team of 12 and were by summer's end.

Gerry Ridder, who has been on a previous HANDS team, was diagnosed with lung cancer and is now in a battle of his life with this terrible decease. His faith in our God is remarkable and inspiring. We pray that he will be spared for his children, friends and church family.

Kieth Tilstra was coming with us until his wife's doctor informed this couple the baby they are expecting could come earlier than expected. He wanted to be there for the birth. Totally understandable as this will this couple's 1st.

Shane Black broke his arm just under a month ago and felt it was best to stay behind. We are sorry about this as well.

We hope to blog on a daily basis  while we are in country. Stay tuned!



Ruth & Ralph
Dec 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Dear Smithville Team....we wish you God's richest blessings on your HANDS mission trip to Nicaragua. May you be a blessing as much as you will be blessed. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers

Jan 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Dear Smithville Team - praying that your time spent in Nicaragua will be fruitful. May you be a blessing as much as you yourselves will be blessed. Sincerely, Ruth and Ralph

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