In our recent project season our Uganda office became a hub of EMI activity as you can see from the picture. There were four EMI teams working on four different projects in Uganda. The Uganda office felt like a revolving door of ready servants ready to pull their weight for Kingdom purposes. The saying “many hands make light work” is evident as you view the activity below. Instead of giving specifics about each trip, we present some of unique features from the collective teams, showing how ministry is taking place around the routine services that EMI conducts.
(Left) Civil engineer John Larson pours water from a jerry can into a test pit on the Chayah Ministries site. This percolation test shows how quickly the soil will absorb water. This information is used to design the septic drain field.
(Right) Nathan and Moses, both Ugandans, check the data being gathered by the survey equipment. Both are former students of the EMI Survey Practicum, held in Uganda each year. Now they are using what they learned to serve local ministries with this vital design resource. EMI is proud to be empowering local design professionals.
The volunteer team attends a design orientation at EMI’s new office in Kajjansi. They received information on typical do’s and don’ts for design in East Africa and interacted with the EMI Uganda team.
The EMI USA team visited Africa Bible University, where students are given a solid foundation in Biblical studies. ABU also trains their students in business, education, and communications. Here, Collins Kayongo works with a student in the “Distinctives of Christian Media” course.
Prior to the teams arriving I helped conduct a land survey of the Africa Bible University paving the way for the project team to jump directly into the design of future construction at the university.
John Grosser joined this EMI team as a way to complete the work begun by his son Phillip. Phillip died in an accident during his EMI internship in 2007. When John gave his closing remarks at our presentation, it was clear this was more than the simple donation of an electrical design. He felt fully engaged in helping a ministry spread the Gospel.
EMI volunteers stay very busy during the project trip. But not too busy to put down the pencils, close the laptops, and take time to talk with the people the design work is ultimately for.
EMI Uganda project leader Sarah Dunn shows a developing site plan to one of the boys who will benefit from the design. The EMI team had a patio work space and the children enjoyed coming to talk to the volunteers and watch the plans for their future home take shape.
We don’t always do it perfectly, but we are constantly reminded it is the people not the structure that we are building into.
Overall, the opportunities for service in Uganda seems never ending, but the energy at EMI to meet those needs with love is contagious.