August 7, 2013

Quintin's day....

Smithville 2013 HANDS Team:



Today was fantastic! I was able to see the hands of feet of Jesus through our team as we worked and interacted with the kids and adults at the school today! Everyone on the team, including myself worked with all our heart as working for the Lord, like it says in Colossians 3:23. The atmosphere while on the work site is great, and the whole trip here so far (only been 2 days) has been..... there aren't any words to describe it. It's just been that amazing.


We started today breakfast as usual and I was grateful that there wasn't any beans or rice on the table. I had my favourite meal! Pancakes! Delicious! The food here has been amazing. It tastes a bit better than what I have at home (Don't tell my Mom that...yikes).


We started the work day early, being at the school around 9:00. I was shocked right away when we drove into the school yard. Hundreds of kids everywhere and some of them swarmed the van, and even some started to climb the van before it even stopped. I stuck my hand out and gave them high fives. It was pretty funny watching their faces as they did that, and was joyful to see all the kids jumping and playing around. It's a good sight to see bright and early in the morning.


Everyone on the team loved to see all the kids there. We tried our best ot talk to them too, but the language barrier was a bit of a problem. Thankfully we have a translator to communicate with them. We learned a lot of spanish phrases such as, “You have a beautiful smile”, “How are you?”, “Good morning/evening”, “What time is it?” and “You're beautiful” (This one I used for the ladies). It was very cool to be able to talk to them, even if it was just small talk.


Work was hard, hot, and long... and yet I enjoyed every bit of it! What made it so great was our willingness to serve others. Like I said before, we tried and suceeded to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth not to be served but to serve others (Matthew 20:28). We try to follow His example. This day we mananged to clear the playground area, and we started digging out the foundation of the roof we are trying to build. We also managed to finish cleaning all the oil of the steel, and there was a lot of steel! Overall, today was a productive day for work. Thanks be to God!


The highlight for me today was when we took a tour of the school after lunch. The principal first showed us the computer lab and the library, but then she brought us to a classroom filled with about 20-30 high school students. We then talked to them; we introduced ourselves and they told us their names. We also talked to them about Canada. But near the end one girl asked us, “Why are you here?” Henry Lunshof answered that, saying that we recognize the need for developing better schools here and so we fundraised and paid our way to be here and supply materials for the construction so we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in this foreign country. Now at that moment I realized the importance of actully going to the areas that help so you can serve and create relationships, rather than just giving money to the organization. It totally creates that much more of a change.


I'd like to thank you for all your prayers and please keep us in your prayers. God has kept us safe and the work has been going great. So far no one is even sick yet, so that's also something to be thankful for. Please pray for the people here and that the school will develop and people's lives will be changed here and that they can discover the good news of Jesus Christ. Hopefully they can see the love of God through us as well.


How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?

And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?

And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

As it is written,

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”


- Romans 10:14-15



Aug 8, 2013 at 7:00 am

Good morning! Sounds like everything is going well and your eating well too!:-)

Thanks Quintin for sharing your experience so far! I also think it is amazing that you all have the wonderful opportunity to be there and to be serving others. Say hi to everyone and we will continue to pray for health, safety and productive work! Blessings!

Aug 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

Wow Quintin

When I read your blog it emphasized why we send people and not just money. I think this trip will have an ever lasting effect on you and the rest of the youth. Keep being those hands and feet, and Lord will do great things with all of guys.

Aug 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

Thanks for the wonderful update Quintin!

Aug 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Wow Quintin! Sure wish I could be there to experience this with you....and to see how awesome the breakfast is - does it really even beat homemade waffles with whip cream and fruit? Hmmmm. So thankful for the way you are seeing God at work, and how you are part of that, and for the safety and provision He has provided. Very sweet of you to compliment all the ladies :) Keeping you all in prayer!

Aug 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

So happy to hear that you are all doing well and enjoying your time with the Nicaraguan people. They are easy to love! Say "Hi" to my terrific niece - Nicole...oh better yet - give her a hug from her Tante Ruth!!! Take care. Blessings!!!

Aug 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi everyone, thank you for your thoughts Quint, and continue to be a great witness of Jesus' love. I see that Nicole's nails still look good, and everyone is working hard. Take care and love ya Greg. From Ma

Aug 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Thank you so much,Quintin!I am just blown away by your blog...but not surprised.I remember well the effect Henry's first trip had on him.When I first asked how it went,he couldn't stop crying...the emotion of it all!Since then,he has been the greatest advocate for the things you are now doing.And his passion has been contagious!But he is getting older,and we need young people like you to carry on the torch.I am thrilled to read your impressions and thank God for all of you.Be good to my man,ok?:) Love,Mrs.L.

Aug 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Thanks for sharing, Quintin. It's wonderful to read about your experience so far! I loved Nicaragua and serving there (like Judy said, it's very emotional - words can't describe it)

Those ladies at the Nehemiah Center sure can cook :)

God bless you all!

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