January 28, 2013

We Have Arrived!

St. Catharines HANDS Team:

We started off with a very early wake-up to meet at the church for 3:00am. Pastor Chris sent us off with a prayer and we headed down the highway to the Buffalo airport where we arrived in plenty of time. However, we had a delayed take-off because we had to be de-iced a couple of time. We made it to Atlanta with 15 minutes to spare, despite the delayed departure, arriving us in Belize around 12:00. Customs went well and we went outside to await the bus in humid, balmy weather. What a change from the snow/ice storm we started out with.

After an hour of waiting for the school bus and Pastor Alvaro, John led is in prayer for their safety and a quick arrival. That answer to prayer came just as the words were spoken. Pastor Alvaro and his assistant Angie arrived with a 14 passanger van and a story to tell. The school bus had broken down on route to pick us up and a quick arrangement was made with the medical centre to use their van. After picking up some snacks and piling in the van like sardines, we continued our journey to Corozal Town. Just as the Pastor showed us where the bus was, BANG! we blew a tire. We pulled to the side of the road, piled out and looked a the damage. Rubber tires were all over the road. After much effort on the part of the guys... there was no change in the situation :) Pastor Alvaro walked over to pick the bus at Caribbean Tire, which was now fixed. We once again loaded all the suitcases on to the new vehicle and eventually the guys got new tire put on and we continued on our journey. Angie driving the van and Alvaro driving the bus for us.

We stopped in at Redeemer Presbyterian Pre-school to see the work that we will be doing and the current classroom and church. From there we were driven to our motel, right on the water front in Corozal, to check-in. We were provided with a barbeque chicken dinner prepared by the ladies from the school.  We then took a leisurely walk along the water front. Now we are just about to start devotions and headed to our much needed beds!


Renée Juhlke
Jan 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Glad you made it there safe :)

Wil Bootsma
Jan 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

you were really "tired" when you arrived. haha. Very rainy here today.

Jan 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

So glad you made it there safely! You have truly been initiated into the short-term missions club....it seems these things happen so that we are tested soon. God is good and he will provide in the days to come. Hope your day was great. Yukky weather here - heavy rain and the water has no where to go - but mild until tomorrow. Enjoy the sun and the Son.

Wilma Harris
Jan 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Irene and crew,

Glad to hear you made it safely! We prayed for you at our staff devotions yesterday morning.

We were all hoping for a snow day..haha, but you of course were all hoping for clear roads and weather. We did not get our snow day so we were glad to hear you made it safely.

We will continue to pray for you all!


Sara Pot
Jan 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hey, Marlene. Don't worry about my girls. (You looked worried in one of the photos.) They haven't gone to school yet, but I hope to send them tomorrow. I'll be missing you come 7 A.M.! Hope you find some new kids to love and enjoy these two weeks. spot

Alissa Vernon
Jan 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

What an eventful first day!

Jan 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Glad to hear you made it safely! Love the pictures, keep them coming. We look forward to seeing your progress this week. Kendrick was wondering if you have cement as we can't seem to find any in our part of the country!

Jan 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Glad to hear that you made it and enjoyed the first pics. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more. We continue to pray for you all. Some good news about my Dad--he went home from hospital today.

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