In addition to prepping for the Panama mission trip, I've been working on the previous mission photo albums. I did not get all three albums done from 2013, but I did at least get the first one finished and posted (Mission #17). I will continue to work on the others in-between system designs for future missions and other various SLP tasks. There are also a number of things to do as a full-time missionary here in Honduras. For example, the paperwork is finally submitted for my Honduran residency. So hopefully I will have that in the next 3-6 months. Yay!! Sutton and I also spent a few days out on a dairy farm in Olancho, which was really neat, and an afternoon at a drug rehab center near Tegus. We're not sure what God has in store for us here in Honduras, but it sure seems interesting. :D
Here are a couple more pics from our last trip to Haiti. These photos are from the 3rd and 4th locations. We installed two systems in Montrouis with LCM (Life Connection Mission) and one system in Titanyen with JiH (Jesus in Haiti).
I am now back in the States. The three weeks in Haiti turned out to be quite full. In the end, we did 5 1/2 installs in three weeks. These are not like the small systems we do for schools in Honduras. These are the much larger, much more complex systems that often include incorporating a generator or grid or both. The team worked many long tiring days to get it all accomplished. By the grace of God we were successful !! Here are a couple pics from the our second location, the OLTCH (Operation Love The Children Haiti) orphanage, and one short video. More to come :D
Well Brad, Cathy, and I have been here in Gressier, Haiti for almost a week now. We are staying at the guest house at HHM and working on the system here and over at OLTCH. We are making good progress on both systems. We have all twelve additional solar panels on the roof at HHM and the control system is installed over at OLTCH. I'm already rocking a well defined farmers tan :D The temps have been pretty warm, but God has smiled on us a few time with some clouds and breeze. So far we've only run across the typical challenges, but no show stoppers. Allen will be bringing some more pieces we need to complete the installs. He will be arriving on Tuesday along with two more guys to help get the work done here in Gressier. In the mean time I'll focus on wiring the solar panels at HHM and maybe doing some more over at OLTCH. But not today. Today is Sunday and God said we should rest :D
Here are a couple pics so far:
Well, we're down to crunch week for the Haiti mission. I've been reviewing the parts lists for the 4 different systems we will be installing and placing orders for the extra parts needed. There are now 6 or 7 boxes of stuff coming my way in addition to the 3 I've already received. And I'll be hitting the electrical supply store tomorrow and probably a hardware store on Monday. I'm pretty certain I'm already over the 50lb limit on my check-in, so it looks like I'll be paying for a second bad. And that's not including clothes; I have learned how to get 3 weeks worth of mission clothes into a single carry-on :D
The previously shipped equipment has already arrived and been cleared from customs, praise God! We've also added two more members to the team, one of which is an electrician. They will only join us for a week, but it will be a great help in trying to accomplish 4 complex installs in just 3 weeks. Things are really shaping up and I'm getting excited :D It's been months since my last mission. We take off next Tuesday. Keep us in your prayers !!
For those of you who mail checks, the SLP office has moved and gotten a new number. The address is:
7100 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
I am back from Sacramento, CA. I had a wonderful visit with some friends in Sacramento and attended the NABCEP Continuing Education Conference. The conference was very helpful and taught me some more things about installing solar. Hopefully we can make a few changes for better solar installations. There is always room for improvement :)
The Haiti trip is coming together. The equipment has been shipped and is clearing customs now. System plans are being reviewed, parts are being ordered, wire is being purchased, tool lists are getting prepped, and in-country schedule is being determined, which is always subject to change :) So in other words, normal preparations are taking place. We are due to leave in just under three weeks. Allen is trying to find another person to perhaps join us, but we'll see what God does. Remember to keep us in your prayers please.
We have booked our flights to Haiti. I will be there from April 2nd till the 23rd with a couple from Pennsylvania. Allen will be joining us on the 9th. We have a pretty ambitious schedule with 4 systems in three weeks. We will be installing systems for OLTCH (Operation Love The Children Haiti), HHM (Haiti Health Ministries), JiH (Jesus in Haiti), and LCM (Life Connection Mission).
OLTCH is an orphanage in Gressier. Their solar system will be replaced as it is old and inadequate for their needs. HHM is also in Gressier. They are a large clinic/hospital that we have visited a couple times already. This trip we will install an additional 12 solar panels to their current system. JiH is in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince and runs a number of ministries including an orphanage, a church, a couple schools, feeding those who live at a trash dump, and various other things. We will be installing a system at their main complex. LCM runs an orphanage, school, Pastoral training, clinic, and feeding programs among other things.There we will update/expand their system at their main complex and add a system to their school building. Please keep us in your prayers.
We were also talking about going to install a couple panels at a clinic near Cap Haitian. However the solar panels that were sent have been stolen. I don't yet know how that issue will be resolved.
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