March 1, 2014

Introducing our Team

Waterdown Family HANDS Team:

Hello and welcome to our blog! We are the Waterdown Family HANDS team. Our team consists of two families- the Schenkels and the Kampens. Our families have been friends
since our parents were in grade school and we've grown up together. Dave and Andrea Kampen with their four children between the ages of 10-20- Zach, Miranda, Tyler and Meghan (who will be joined by her fiancee Russel VanVeen) are from Milton, Ontario. Anthony and Sara Schenkel also have 4 children, between 7-17-Rebecca, Aidan, Josh and Jessica. They live in Waterdown.
Most of our bags are just about packed now as we get ready to leave in just 3 days for Belize. We've been reviewing what to expect, what we're going to be doing there, and what we can look  forward to.

This is definitely going to be a new experience for most of us.

We will be working at Cornerstone Presbyterian High-school in Concepcion, Belize. We've
been told that we can help out with things like painting and powerwashing, and other odd jobs. We hope to meet lots of people and establish new relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

In our team meetings, we've been focusing on learning more about Belize and the culture
there. We did some brief research on things like the economy and education system, we did some role-playing scenarios, and made sure we'd know how to handle different situations! We've also picked out our team text.

We chose Colossians 3:12-17 as our text. This text reminds us to clothe ourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
 We are reminded to over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. These words remind us of the tasks we have been given to serve. We must aim to follow the last words of the text, where it says; and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. We need to remember who we are serving on this trip!

We have been blessed with many donations from lots of people. We've been able to collect extra money that we used to buy school supplies from a list we received from Cornerstone School.  The list included things they have a hard time obtaining locally. Both of our families are very grateful for the experience and can't wait to leave!

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