It is hard to believe but the time has come for me to say goodbye to Honduras, for now of course. I arrived here in January 2011 thinking it would be a one year volunteer commitment and then on to graduate studies back in Canada. Things generally don´t turn out exactly as planned but I think the past four years have turned out even better than I could have asked for.

Jannetta and I are excited to be back in Mwanza, Tanzania.

As we stand at the beginning of our second term of volunteering, it feels like we are home again. We might be considered “snow birds” to some of you….spending our summers in Ontario and the 3 other seasons in Africa. It is good to know that we are feeling at home in both cultures now. Our Mwanza house has been cleaned of the layers of...

Dear Friends and Family,

If there’s one thing God has taught me over the last three years of college it is that I should rely on His plans instead of my own.  As I’ve learned to trustingly follow His path these past three years, I’ve been able to experience greater things than I could have ever imagined. From a semester in Spain, to running collegiate cross country and track, to several incredible internships and leadership positions God has been preparing me...

Hello everyone,

I extend to you greetings and blessings from here in Honduras. I also want to send a huge thank-you to all of you who donated towards my volunteer placement as part of an offering in the church or by way of a personal donation. Thanks to your generosity alone I was able to cover all the funds that I require during my time here. I feel very blessed to have the support of families and churches in Central Alberta,...

Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States, once said, “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”

In order to gain a full experience of life in Nicaragua, SPIN students from Dordt College went on a rural trip to El Manantial from the 23rd to 25th of September. Rural/agricultural life in Nicaragua is definitely different from what the students normally experience in the United States. Although the students...

My journey in Leon has officially ended as of today.

It took me for a month and 3 weeks. It was short. Is this called bittersweet feeling? I didn’t even realize that I learned Spanish so fast. Together with my Nica family’s and local friends’ help, my cultural went smoother than I thought. It would be a total lie if I say I enjoyed every single day while I was in Leon. However, it is definitely true that I...

April 10, 2014. 5:45 p.m.  Time for church at ‘Cristo es el Camino’ Christian Reformed Church in Nagarote, Nicaragua. 

 While Martha was walking from the north end of town she met a good friend whom she had not seen for some time.  As they were greeting each other with a hug, the earth trembled.  Memories of the 1972 earthquake returned as she watched the electrical wires started to...

During a very rough landing when arriving in Nicaragua in a rain storm I was the only passenger smiling, hoping that the farmers with whom we work would also be receiving this blessing. Moisture for the thirsty ground!  As we proceeded up the mountain the rain lessened but we spotted puddles along the roadside.  Unlike the 5 inches received in Managua, the area in which we live received only 1 ½ inches.  But we are thankful for that much...

As I am writing this, I am sitting in the World Renew and Diaconia Nacional office in Tegucigalpa reflecting on the past month that I've spent in Olancho. I have to say that overall it's been a good month. The first few weeks were at times a bit underwhelming, but after a while I was able to get out to the different communities that Diaconia works in, meet the community leaders and program participants there, and to observe and participate...

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