Guatemala Day 4

We finished up the last few items – some interior bits, trim, windows and a door, and cleaned up.

The local pastor came by for a short dedication service. We gave the family the keys, a Bible, and helped them nail a Casas por Cristo plaque to the house. Then they thanked us by feeding us delicious pizza. We were happy to have bonded with them, glad to see their joy at receiving their house, and sad that we had to say goodbye. It must have still been really dusty, as quite a few eyes were wet.

Hopefully we’ll be able to stop by and say hi the next time we come to Guatemala!

 

 

Guatemala Day 3

We built a house! (almost). More siding, a roof, interior walls and electrical wiring. Just a few more things to finish up. We’ve had great weather, no one has been sick, and work has been going pretty smoothly. Thankful for those (and many other) blessings.

 

Guatemala Day 2

We arrived at the site this morning to find our slab looking good (with a few puppy paw prints).

We jumped right into building walls, and after many bent nails, just a few sore fingers, and some excellent hammering practice, we had walls and rafters ready to go.

Raising the walls into place was inspiring, and made the hard work of building the foundation even more worthwhile.

Once we had the walls in place, we all worked to attach walls to foundation, rafters to walls, and siding to walls. Many nails were pounded in, a lot of energy was expended, and by the end of the day, we had what really looked like a house. And in addition to connecting the parts of the house, our team built connections.

We had a great time really connecting with the family – working together, sharing jokes with gestures, smiles and laughter. We are building a house, but we are also finding other ways to show Jesus’ love.

Greetings from Guatemala!!

PACeS mission trip to Guatemala (in the town of San Raymundo) is going well!

We had safe flights on Monday, and all ten team members met up in the Houston airport for the final leg of the journey. We arrived in Guatemala City and cleared customs – after an hour long drive along 12 miles of dark, winding road, we arrived at our lodging.

After a few hours of sleep, we ate breakfast and headed to the site. It was located at the top of a winding hill/road. In a very tight space, some members prepped the ground and forms for concrete, while others started cutting lumber for the next day.

After a delicious lunch of burritos, Gatorade, and apples, it was time to pour the slab. All hands pitched in to supply the mixers with gravel, sand, water and cement.

Two and a half hot, tiring, muscle-burning hours later, we had a slab!

We cleaned up, said goodbye to the family and headed back to rest.

Tomorrow, the walls and roof!

 

November Info

Hello PACeS Families, 
 
Welcome to November!
I will be away for most of the month. When I am gone please get in contact with Mr. Dubyna, Mrs. Trenchuk or your teacher for assistance. As always, we LOVE hearing from you. Reach out to us and let us know what is going on and what we can support you with. 
 
Here are the upcoming events for November (Zoom Links are also in Google Calendar):
 
Nov 5-12: Mission Trip to Guatemala – Mr. Okimi & Mrs. Morehouse will be on this trip. For Mr. Okimi’s classes, please check Google Classroom for your work. Mr. Okimi will not have online classes while on the trip and we will have limited internet access.
 
Nov 13-16: Heidi Morehouse is in Oshawa for meetings.
 
Nov 6: Parent Webinar with Pastor Blize at 6:30 pm – Link to Meet: https://zoom.us/j/985431046  
 
Nov 12 & 13: Remembrance Day Holiday – No Classes/Office Closed
 
Nov 15: Grade 7-12 Report Cards Sent out
 
Nov 19: Home Ed Meeting  at 6:30 pm – Link to Meet: https://zoom.us/j/322532586
During this Meeting Kerry Sackett will be presenting the Daily 5 Language Arts Program for Elementary Students. This presentation is designed for our Home Ed and Online families. 
Description: Would you like to create an independent,  efficient, highly engaged reader, writer, and learner, and still have time left over to work on other homeschool subjects?  Join Kerry Sackett as she introduces you to “Daily 5” a literacy framework that is sure to provide success in reading and writing.  This is great for grades 1-6.
 
Nov 20-22: Grade 10-12 Palisades Trip to Jasper, AB. Mr. Dubyna and Mrs. Morehouse will be on this trip. If you are interested in attending. Please email Mr. Dubyna.  For Mr. Dubyna’s classes, please check Google Classroom for your work. Mr. Dubyna will not have online classes while on the trip and we will have limited internet access.
 
Nov 28: Assembly at 11:45 am  – Links will be in Google Classroom and Google Calendar
Discussion Topic: What is good about your personality ? What do you like like about your personality?  What aspect of your personality adds value to the world?
-Mrs. Morehouse