January 30, 2013

Day 3

St. Catharines HANDS Team:

We woke up to another beautiful sunrise. The hotel provides us with a good breakfast and we are ready to start work. We stopped at the local hardware store to pick up more tools. We contiued to prepare the site for the pouring of concrete, leveling out forms around and through the building, cutting and bending rebar, and making wire brackets. Irene taught the students in the morning with the teacher helping to translate for her. The teacher came out in the middle of the morning with snacks and told us which trees bare which fruit and in what seaon. They have mangos, avacados, bananas, plantains, and oranges. After another delicious lunch the ladies put together an afternoon of Vacation Bible School for over 20 children from the village. We had fun talking about animals, singing, telling a Bible story, and playing games outside. The men went to a neighbouring Presbyterian church to pick up some left over wood. Their were huge cockroaches scurried away as they moved the wood into the bus. After supper we stayed at the church for a special presentation from Scott Reall who wrote the book"Journey to Freedom." He, and a group of men from Tennessee YMCA travelled to Belize to talk about his book and program which helps people come to terms with their addiction. This program has now been translated in to Spanish. It was good to meet some more people from the village who are struggling or have family members struggling with addictions. It has been voiced that there are many people stuggling with alchohol and drug addictions. We just finished a nice evening of debrief and devotions. We thank our families for the wonderful notes of encouragement and treats that we recieved tonight :)

Please pray for us as we are placed in new situations and pray for all the broken families here. It was encouraging to see so many children come with their parents to the presentation this evening.

God is working in this place.


Jan 31, 2013 at 8:24 am

It is great to be able to follow along with each day via computer! We continue to pray for you here each day that you will be a blessing to these people and that you receive the strength and good health for each day. May God use each one of you to make a difference in their lives.

Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

Great pics & updates, Bernie, Brenda & crew!!

Oh, that rebar tying looks familiar! Similar, but a little different, to what the Lacombe team was so busy with at La Esperanza here in the D.R.! And to what other teams have done in Nicaragua. Materials & methods may vary slightly, but in the end, it's very much the same, isn't it? Walls of concrete blocks, mortar mixed up, strong columns of reinforcing rods tied, forms nailed into place, cement, sand & gravel combined, concrete poured, the final product parged &/or painted... Oh, so familiar! The construction of classrooms.

But it's really all about the kids, and the education they can receive there, isn't it!? Such beautiful little ones to interact with! Isn't it great?!

Keep it up, guys! Have a wonderful time and be blessed!

Jan 31, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I like Mangoes!

Jan 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Thanks Bernie and Brenda for sending these pictures,great we can follow along and see what you are doing,we are praying for you everyday,also at the Bible Studies C.B. and at Mart.Place.Have fun.

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