February 4, 2013

Day 8

St. Catharines HANDS Team:

Today was a wonderful, hot, sunny day. Pastor Alvaro picked us up and took as to the furniture store where we bought a wooden desk and chair to Leydi, the preschool teacher. We also bought a fan for her classroom. We ordered a two drawer filing cabinet for all her loose papers and teacher resources. This money came from the students of Beacon Christian School.

 She was very excited and thankful to receive this gift. The team was busy with various jobs in the morning; from teaching to fixing the side view mirror on the bus. In the afternoon we visited the nearby Bethel Presbyterian Elementary School in Cristo Rey, a 10 minute drive from San Narciso. It is the oldest Christian school in Belize and was started by a missionary in the 1970’s. It is also the only independent school, meaning that they have no control over the way the school is run or the curriculum. The teachers here do not receive a salary from the government like the other schools do. The principal, Miguel, said that they are ranked 2nd from the 42 schools in the district. He asked for us to pray for the spiritual well-being. They are currently struggling with a couple of the students taking drugs. As we were taken on the tour each of the classes that we visited recited a bible verse and a few songs. When we got back to San Narciso, Mark and John went with Vanancio and Sion to pick up 102 logs of bush wood. Some of the ladies started to fix the broken screens of the meeting room we are using. Irene was helping Leydi with preparing workbooks for the students. 

This morning we heard about a horrific fire accident in the village. A three year old boy died in the house fire and his mother is in the hospital with 2nd degree burns over her upper body. Please pray for this lady and her family.

Thank you for your comments and prayers!

Comments:

Wilma
Feb 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

So neat to see you all finding your place. Priceless pictures of your interactions with the kids :) Your hearts will never be the same. Irene - we can see your joy in teaching these little ones - who knows how God will use this experience in your life. What a blessing you are to the people there. We pray you will fully enjoy your last few days. We pray that as you begin to reflect on your time in Belize that God will continue to soften your heart to his leading. What has he taught you? What will you do with all you have seen and experienced? Blessings from the Fenwick HANDS Team - can't wait to continue what you have begun.

Hilda
Feb 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

as for what Wilma said..we will continue what you have begun..BUT you are leaving some really BIG shoes to fill and keep full..enjoy you last few days..and keep safe..

Tina
Feb 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

Hey all

So much enjoying the blogs every day, that is the first thing I look at when I get home from the bus. Know that we continue to pray for you all and for the community where you are serving. Looking forward to hearing more when you get home. May the last couple of days be good and safe travels coming back home. God's blessing on you all.

Mary
Feb 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Looks like you're working hard,when i look at the pictures,2 more day's left,wow where did the time go.Wilma said it all,also wishing the Fenwick team ,all the best preparing and taking over the work you are doing now.This experience may have changed you for ever,may it be to God's Glory and Honour.Wishing you traveling mercies.

WIlma Harris
Feb 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

Hi all,

So fun to read the blog and see all that you are doing! Irene and Marlene,it seems you are able to use your classroom knowledge! Irene, you must be glad not to have to actually help with 'building' things and are able to use your skill in the classroom!:) By the way, Irene, we are in charge of chapel on Wednesday! We have you down as the main speaker! haha...just kidding! Safe travels!

Elizabeth
Feb 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Blessings on your last night in Belize. Your pictures tell a thousand words! I will pray that our team will also be a blessing to this community as you have been! Safe travels tomorrow!

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