Is this just a busy time of year for everyone or is it just me? It feels like I can’t keep up with all the wonderful activity happening in our family life and at EMI. Another round of projects are heading out the door to Malawi, Nigeria, Cambodia, and other locations.
I (Jason) too will be traveling to Europe where I will meet up with other leaders to chart the course for the future of EMI. One of the many challenges facing us is the integration of Business As Missions (BAM) into the EMI culture.
As the world of missions continues to get more complex we are needing to adapt our standard approach to still provide culturally-appropriate facilities that are affordable and transformational. Business As Missions approach allows us the flexibility to have an office in countries where we couldn’t in our standard ministry approach.
Mentoring Interns to Kenya
After successfully using our home for ministry this Spring with housing EMI Interns we are doing it again this Fall. Already Drew, Blake, and Cole are enjoying the extra company and are showing the two guy interns excessive love by hugging their legs so they can’t go to their rooms. I also have the privilege of mentoring one of these interns- Paul. Paul just left for his project trip to Kenya to serve Tenwek Hospital.
Tenwek Hospital is one of Western Kenya’s leading provider of primary healthcare. EMI has a long-standing partnership with Tenwek Hospital, assisting them with master planning, facility design and construction, as well as infrastructure assessments. EMI will assist with the design of new water and wastewater treatment facilities that will meet the existing demands of the campus as well as the proposed future expansions.
Earlier this year, a fire started at Tenwek Hospital in the building that housed the kitchen and laundry facilities, along with administrative and other support functions for the hospital. The main floor of the building was destroyed, but the flames were confined to that one structure.
“No lives were lost, and there were no serious injuries,” said Dr. Stephen L. Burgert, medical superintendent at Tenwek. “Some patients were moved as a precautionary measure while the fire was being contained.” We are thankful that no lives were lost, but the recovery process for the hospital has been arduous.
The fire has led to a desire in providing additional water system capacity for basic fire protection services. EMI will assist with evaluating and designing the necessary water and wastewater utility upgrades within the existing campus.
Blake Turned 5 This Weekend
We love Blake so much. He is our creative son and so much fun to have around. Blake is wonderfully generous and so imaginative. This week he set up the Thomas the Train tent on top of his bed and put a tunnel leading from his bedroom door into his tent. Then decided to sleep in their for the next couple nights. He has just started elementary school and already loves his teacher, and his classmates… of course his friends are mostly girls though!