Friday, July 30, 2010

Well Drill All Fixed Up

Well, today will be the final test of the well drill truck, as we attempt to take it to St Marc (and beyond) for an inspection for the renewal/transfer of insurance.  Thanks for your prayers!

The Old Ford Well Drill Truck

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Well Rig Team Update

Sunday was an exciting day of worshiping with the people of Deschappelles.  This photo illustrates a crowd of people waiting anxiously for the sun to set low enough to see James' films Le Combat and True Security on the projector screen we set up.  The evening was perfect for drawing a large group of people in the make-shift outdoor theatre.  The evening was spent together watching films about Jesus and His teachings.  The space was full of eager excitement- many people even assembled in the streets. 

People Waiting to Start the Films

We estimated that 350 people were in attendance to hear the message.  During an intermission between the films, Joe gave a short sermon.  During this time, 20-30 people came to the front of the audience and committed their lives to Christ.  It was an electrifying!

Well Drill Repair

One of the objectives of our time here was to do significant work on a well drilling rig, which upon its restoration to the fine running machine it once was, will be used to provide fresh artesian water to people in Haitian refugee camps.  Joe, James, Michael, some nice folks from HAS, and I were able to get a lot accomplished.  In this photo, James is grinding a gear off of a shaft that is the beginning of the intricate system of gears that help to operate the rig.  Joe is providing support by keeping the gear assembly stationary.  In addition to the getting several gears changed or re-worked, were were able to get the brakes working properly.  Turn signals were also installed (Michael noted that they stand out because they're obviously new- and on a 1960's model truck).  We were able to make lots of progress on the rig this week.  With a few more hours of love and sweat, it should be working like a top!  

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Well Drill Progress

The guys (Joe and team) continue to work on the well drill.  They have made several significant strides forward.  They have...

1.) Got the engine in the truck running
2.) Got the engine on the well drill running
3.) Replaced some gears and bushing on the well drill (the ones to raise the mast)
4.) Straightened a mast support arm
5.) Rebuilt the truck brake master cylinder
6.) Went to St Marc and bought brake lines, turn signals and filters
7.) HAS found the original paperwork for the well drill truck (Good news; it was marked as private, and perhaps we won't have to pay the initial tax from importing it.)
8.) Got a letter of sale from the Hospital Albert Schweitzer business office
9.) Got the key for the truck
10.) Swam in the pool

They are working on the following...
1.) Replacing the brake flex lines on the truck
2.) Starting to renew/transfer the truck paperwork (Joe went to St Marc this morning)
3.) Cleaning the diesel fuel filter and fresh diesel fuel to diagnose/solve why the engine cut off yesterday

This afternoon we plan to meet up with Pastor Rodrique to go to a church across the river to show films.  This is not Delonye, but another place.  We will go via Pointe Sonde.

Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Haitian Auto-Garage (Joe working on the brake master cylinder)

We arrived here in Haiti on Wednesday, July 21 and our adventure began in P-AU-P where we met one of Joe's buddies to take us to his jeep. After we finally got the jeep running we went into town and began shopping for needed supplies for the well drilling rig and some groceries for when we got to James' house. I got to experience how money is exchanged in Haiti by watching Joe find a guy on the street while we were in the back of a truck ridding through town. I'm not sure what happened but Joe was not pleased with what the first guy had to offer so he found another man that gave him more for his money. After we had our supplies we began our 4 hour trip through the country and over the mountain to Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) and where James' home is close by. About half way up the mountain we noticed we had gotten a flat tire and had to pull off the road to put on the spare. While we were fixing it a near by family came out to inspect what our problem was and to try and help us. The people were very friendly and very helpful. Joe thought it would be funny to get me and Micah involved with the people so he told the oldest boy there, who knew a little English to arm wrestle me. Well he was fairly strong but not strong enough and I beat him, but after I had beaten him, his father wanted to challenge me. At first i was like "oh great, this should be fun" but I thought I would give it a shot and so I beat him too. After we had gotten to James' it was late so we just had dinner sat around for a bit then called it a night. On our 2nd day we got a tour of HAS and spoke with the director, Ian. Joe got some news that he wasn't planning on getting, but it was still good and so we worked on the rig most of the day, and once we had done what we could that day, we ended it like day 1 with a good dinner and some much needed rest.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Visitors have landed

I'm looking forward to a few visitors this next week.  It consists of my brother Joe and his two helpers.  VMM Haiti PMG is buying a well drill from Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS).  Joe and crew are coming to recondition this old well drill.

I talked to Joe earlier today and they have arrived in Port-au-Prince, and got his Trooper running.  They plan to come out to my house tonight.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Films in Bombardopolis

I returned yesterday from a long weekend trip (starting Thursday) to the far North West of Haiti.

I got to see some beautiful sites.  This included the mountains and the sea.  And the nine people that gave their lives to Christ, and the two people that rededicated their lives.

It was a long and tiring drive.  Everything went well on the 8 hour drive (one way) of about 100 miles.  The old truck made the trip without hesitation!  It even drove down to La Platforme (where my brother Joe used to live).  This was the first time I ever drove there.  They have just built a new road, and I needed to try it out.  I am praying this will be the last long trip for the old Beast.

Please pray the new vehicle arrives as planned (probably early August), and the accessories also finish showing up about the same time.