North Point Community Church - May 2013 | Hungry For Life

May 2013: ,

A team of 8 people from North Point Community Church led by Pastor Ric Strangway traveled alongside HFL staff Rianne Hoedeman to work alongside our partners Shawn and Natalie Sagert in the community of Pantup, Guatemala. The trip objectives were to continue construction of the community center/school in Pantup, engage in teaching activities in several communities and to build on the relationships with community members and the Sagert’s that were started with NPC’s first team in July 2012.

Read the trip blog.

Additional items accomplished: 
  • 34 home visits
  • 34 bags of soup mix handed out
  • 100+ kids attended VBS/craft programs
  • 90+ bricks and 1 load of gravel carried manually up to Pantup
  • Completed cement floor for Community center/school
  • Completed sidewalk surrounding the building
  • 6 columns of rebar cut and tied
  • 15 teachers attended a training seminar on student learning styles
  • 7 teachers and mothers attended a seminar on Downs Syndrome
  • 30 students attended English classes
  • 50 youth attended Youth Church Service
  • 21 people attended a building dedication and celebration meal with the community leaders of Pantup

Team Testimonials:

“As a teacher, any opportunity to work with children is always welcome. I really enjoyed our day at the special needs school.”
“[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] seeing God work through people who are in so much need, but who choose to give of themselves… inspiring.”
“[This trip has impacted me and] it gave me an opportunity to put my life on ‘pause’ and to truly have the time/space to see God actively at work and to be a part of it.”
“I see people and relationships differently. I feel that God is creating space in my heart to love others more fully and with greater abandon.”
“[The experiences of this trip] continued to build in my heart to serve those less fortunate and use whatever resources I have for those efforts.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] the visit to Rio Negro was truly impactful. My research prior to this trip did not do justice to the personal stories and experiences of walking the same path as the people.”
“God spoke to me through the teachers in that school who use their own salary sacrificially to buy supplies and materials for their students.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to truly seek to live more generously in how I use my time, finances and spiritual gifts to support others.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] continue to pursue opportunities to serve the poor and marginalized in Calgary.”