December 24, 2014

Welcome to Belize!

Wanders Family HANDS Team:

It has been only two days yet we already feel at home here in this beautiful country of Belize. As soon as we stepped off the plane, the warm sunshine and 30+ temperature welcomed us, along with the very hospitable and kind Pastor Juan and Ishmael. 

This morning we got to work at eight o'clock, and spent the next few hours carrying sand to the classroom we were prepping to lay tiles in. Thankfully, we finished before the heat of the sun reached it's climax :) 

Tonight we worshipped with Pastor Juan and his congregation in a Christmas Eve service, and everyone was so welcoming and friendly! Tomorrow we look forward to a day of rest in celebration of Christ's birth, seeing as most members of the church like to spend Christmas Day with their families. 

In a final note, we'd like to thank all of our supporters for making this trip possible for our family - it has already been such a blessing in such a short time :)

Praise God for the safety and health He has blessed us with, and may we continue to serve Him in all we do!

Comments:

wilma
Dec 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

Merry Christmas to the Wanders Family!

This morning I saw the pictures Ismael posted of your floor work in Concepcion. I was part of a team that completed the auditorium of the school you are in now in July of this year.

It was some of the hardest and most satisfying work that my young team had ever done. We have such great memories of the hospitality of Pastor Juan and Ismael as well as great meals prepared by the women of the church. It looks like you are making amazing memories as well!

May God keep you all safe and healthy as you complete your work over the next few days.

Wilma Grin

Mom and Dad Heemskerk
Dec 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

Wishing you a blessed Christmas together with everyone.

Mom and Dad (Grandma and Grandpa):)

ISMAEL LOPEZ
Dec 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

THE WANDERS FAMILY HANDS TEAM WILL RESUME WORK TOMORROW, LAYING TILES!12X12 SO WE PRAY FOR SAFETY.

Pastor Juan
Dec 26, 2014 at 12:24 am

On behalf of the staff and parents of CONCEPCION Presbyterian School we want to wish the Wanders family a Merry Merry Christmas!! and thanks for your valuable support to our school.

Maryjane Porter
Dec 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

so glad to see you made it safe!! Can't wait to hear how your Christmas was!! Merry Christmas from the Porters!! We missed you! Xoxo Maryjane! Love you all

Elizabeth
Dec 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

We met the Wanders family yesterday and enjoyed Christmas day with them and enjoyed a meal together. They are a beautiful family and have already adapted very well to Belize! We will pray for health and safety for this coming week! Call us if you need anything. Elizabeth Westerhoff

Albert Zantingh
Dec 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm

We live in a very small world! Who would have thought that SMITHVILLE would find itself in Concepcion, Belize. Hope to meet my fellow Smithvillites - before you leave. You already met my son Jeremy.

ISMAEL LOPEZ
Dec 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

GREAT FELLOWSHIP TIME SPENT WITH THE WANDERS FAMILY WHILE WORKING. 528 TILES AND PAINTING THE SCHOOL WAS DONE FOR TODAY!GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY.

Maryjane
Dec 27, 2014 at 9:32 am

wow!! 528 tiles?!? That's a lot of work!! Well done ❤️❤️ God bless!

ISMAEL LOPEZ
Dec 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

THE WANDERS FAMILY HANDS TEAM MISSION: HAULING APPROXIMATELY 145 BUCKETS OF SAND UP TO THE SECOND FLOOR, HAND MIXING 29 BAGS OF CONCRETE, TILING APPROXIMATELY 1,000 TILES, HAND MIXING APPROXIMATELY 12 BAGS OF THIN SET, PAINTING. THEY ARE 3 ROWS AWAY FROM COMPLETING THEIR MISSION!

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