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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Last Blog.... 5 comments

Our Team:

As I sit here at my kitchen table looking at the snow and snow blizzard like conditions outside, I'm thinking we are missing our sunrise and the warmth it gave us. Right team?

We left from Belize City, connecting in Houston Texas, and arrived safely in Toronto late last night. Most of us were in bed before or shortly after 3 am.  Yawn.... Did you sleep well team?

It is amazing to reflect now on our mission work in Belize at Concepcion Presbyterian School. God brought us all to a place in our individual lives where we said "Yes" we will go and tile the floors. EduDeo was our Canadian organization who helped us get there. As we prepared ourselves to go, there was much our team leaders did to help us through the process. MANY thanks for your commiment. It was through your diligence that The Lord's work was done. In more ways than we realised. We understand more.

We bonded even more. How could we not--we flew together, we ate together, we prayed and worshipped together, we drove everywhere together, we played games together, we took pictures of each other, we played with the students together, we worked together, and more..lol.

We will never forget this experience. The school and staff will be in our prayers.

A hot cup of coffee sounds good about right now..

We will share our experiences with the church soon. Stayed tuned

To God Be The Glory.          Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

We Came As Strangers--We Leave As Friends 1 comment

Today our chauffeur Shadier drove us to Redeemer Presbyterian Preschool. What a blessing it was to see these infant children in school. How could we not love their energy, their smiles, their eagerness to be with us. The playground was due to EduDeo's involvement. We noted that the chains on the swings were rusting badly and dangerous. After sharing a snack with the children of bread pudding and orcheta-sweetened rice milk, we stopped at the first hardware store and bought supplies for the swing. Ask the men about their experience in the store.

We headed off to Concepcion Presbyterian School. The children couldn't wait for us. We have definitely developed relationships with these beautiful children-God's children. 

Grouting completed in the classroom. And believe it or not we started tiling in the hallway. Hurrah!! Nacho we learned so much from you.  Ted and Nacho worked hard along with all the other men. In the end, 125 tiles were laid before we went into the Assembly Room..This room was being used by Standard 2 as it was their room we were tiling.

Again ...many thanks to all of you at home who supported us in this journey, making provisions for those in Belize, helping them where a great need was.

What an awesome assembly  The students sang their hearts out loud and clear. Some songs we knew and we sang along. The Infant, Intermediate and Senior students all sang or recited scripture for us. We pray this will sink into their hearts for a lifetime, and they continue to follow the Lord as they grow older. Then it was our turn. We sang "O Canada" and a few other action songs. The students loved it. We presented the school with a gift and Principal Christian in turn was so kind to give each one of us a gift from the staff.

We came as strangers, we are parting as great friends.

Hug, Kisses, and Tears took place. Hearts with notes were given to us by the students..It was a difficult time. More photos taken to remember this journey God lead us on.

Prayers for a safe flight home.

ps .....apologies for this late entry...the internet did not allow us to save the blog last night..it was all lost..

see you soon

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Can It Get Even More Beautiful? 5 comments

Well..this morning it's 57 degrees...brrrr in Belize.

Breakfast with pancakes for Shrove Tuesday...did you enjoy yours?

Off to Cornerstone Presbyterian High School with Mr Zantingh as principal..Imagine coming all the way to Belize and we met a fellow Christian from Smithville. Incredible!!!! Marlene graduated from Elementary School with him. 

The school yard was clean and very presentable. 95 students attend. Not all are Christian. But the level of education is high compared to the public school system in Belize.

Back to Concepcion we went in the 13 person van. We finished the tiling and cleaned up more grout. The dust is so fine we were having a little trouble with it. Masks, masks, masks were necessary.

Some of us became teachers, others spent time in the classroom and others played outside with the kids--all developing relationships with these precious children of God. We are humbled by your mercy Lord.

Back to Hok Ol K'in. Some of the guys were able to snorkel. Others relaxed.

Supper fed to us by the women of the Church. Singing with gusto after devotions.

Okay my voice is getting hoarse..time for a cold drink of...water or coke or sprite.

One more day.....

 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Surprise!!!!! 1 comment

The sun rise was awesome...Thanks for the photos Marten.

As we arrived to Concepcion Presbyterian School...a few us went up to look at the classroom we were tiling.  SURPRISE!!!  WOW!!! We couldn't believe what we saw..Look at the pictures. Nacho with help on saturday had the classroom tiled. We cleaned the mortar first, then after the grouting we cleaned some more. Tedious work.

There was time to go check out the Presbyterian Day School in Cristo Rey. We visited the students in their classrooms. The principle explained much about the school. This year the school will be in operation for 40 years. Praise the Lord. Remember them in your prayers as they also have needs.

The day was less humid and actually quite beautiful, weather wise.

A few of us strolled through town before supper...the town was alive with people, music and market was closing up. We found our chips etc. for snacks tonight...you need something when you play games.

ohh..supper time ..6 pm...better get downstairs to our room..the table fits all 13 of us..

Thanks for remembering us and for your prayers. We are learning much here.

 

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