Today began with devotions at the Shati office.  Shati is one of World Renew's partners.  After an orientation into Shati's work we left to visit some of the project  sites.  The trip was very interesting...there is no lack of things to look at while you are traveling through Dhaka. What can be carried on or pulled by a bike is amazing.  We thought traffic was plenty busy as the roads are shared by pedestrians, rickshaws, motorbikes, buses (singe and double...

Hello Immanuel family & friends. We've arrived in Dhaka nearly 1 1/2 days ago now. Here it is 12 hours ahead, in case you haven't googled that tidbit of info yet. Our flights couldn't have gone any smoother, so we are very thankful for that. They even arrived on time, which is quite unusual we hear. We all have recovered nicely from the trip, which is important with the schedule they have planned for us. 

Nancy picked us up from the...

Saturday afternoon, January 24, 2015

 

Dear friends,

What a difference a week makes!  We have arrived in Malawi and are settling into a nice little furnished house just a five minute walk from the Nkhoma Christian Hospital.  The travel all went well, and we arrived about 42 hours after we left home.  We stopped briefly in Nairobi, Kenya and then in Lusaka, Zambia before landing in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city.  World Renew staff hosted us for a day, took us grocery shopping,...

Our group is very excited to soon be heading to Bangladesh to visit Nancy TenBroek and her team. We look forward to a time of learning about her work there, fellowship with eachother and an opportunity to see what additional connections can be made between our community and hers. We'd like to say thank you to those who have supported us financially and also through your prayers. There are some specific prayer requests we have for you;

  • good health
  • for safety while traveling (both to and from Bangladesh
  • ...

 

We were stuck in the airport in Port au Prince.  Our airplane had been exchanged for another one.  We were hoping we get to Miami in time to catch our flight from there to Toronto.  11:30 is a late enough arrival time.


While there we looked through our pictures and thought we should show you some of the sights…we would share the sounds and smells too, if we could.  Those we will have to describe.

 

Al was our main...

We are blogging from the roof.  The rest of the building lacks the breeze we seek this evening.  It is our last and so we will spend some extra time talking about our experience here.

Our last day was a nice mix.  We started with a trip up the mountain, yet again being able to enjoy the sights of Port au Prince along the way.  At the top we stopped at the Baptist Mission for a coffee break and then...

We have met many interesting and amazing people here.  I started to make a list and for whatever reason they came out in pairs and so I will briefly introduce to you as a credit to them.

 

Our missionary hosts – part of my motivation for coming here was that I knew the people from Canada working here.  John VanderStoep and his family moved here for a year. John is older than most of us, works for World...

  Today the rest of the team almost participated in writing the blog. But we are tired.  Because today we carried cement around all day.  We finished our task…the footings are poured.  Cement mixed by hand, shoveled into pails, sent along a bucket brigade, and poured out into the trench. Nothing complex; just a whole lot of hot sweaty work.

That means we are on the home stretch.  Tomorrow is our second Saturday here already.  Time has flown; we have learned...

 There is much about this country that is difficult. (Thursday)

 We started the day working on preparing footings for cement being poured.  The methods are primitive at best.  Our afternoon was spent travelling through the city and we were again inundated with messy streets, half built or half fallen buildings, lots of garbage, evidence of poverty, and a fair bit of hopelessness.

But in the midst of this we continue to see incredible signs of...

 

We are meeting many people here and will refrain from trying to tell you about all of them.  But today you need to hear about Lunise.  There was some suspicion that she was a fictional character as we had been hearing of her imminent arrival since we came to Haiti.  This evening we met her and her colleague Jackson who are the World Renew staff in this country.  Lunise was mentioned to us as the one who would...

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