We hope all of you are making the most of this trying and inconvenient time… we know it can be difficult. With the pandemic hindering much of EMI’s international travel, EMI chose to take lemons and make lemonade. We were able to use this hurdle as an opportunity to look in our own backyard to see how we can use our unique gifts and skills to bless those less fortunate. This is of course if you consider rural, native American villages in remote regions of Alaska our own backyard.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) is a critical need in the remote regions of Alaska. In spite of COVID, EMI was welcomed into a number of communities in the region to discuss WASH needs with village mayors. During these visits, the link between engineering and health outcomes in this extreme environment was glaringly obvious. Sometimes even professionals at health centers don’t have sufficient water even to wash their hands between patient visits.
Rural Alaska WASH Need: There are over 3,300 homes statewide and 2,000 homes in the Y-K Delta without sufficient clean water and proper sanitation.
Sadly, it’s common to see defunct charity and government water systems around the world. It wasn’t surprising when Theodore, the mayor of Tununak village on the banks of the Bering Sea, told of the many water projects that had been implemented and abandoned there over the years. A part of EMI’s mandate is to restore broken or inadequate water systems in communities around the world– even if that is here in the United States.
Without proper sanitation, households use buckets with plastic bag causing a terrible stench and health issues. These issues include respiratory and skin infections which is the majority of illness these communities experience. Honey Bucket Toilets: are plastic bags inside of buckets that are used as toilets in this rural region and then dumped into the Bering Sea.
Theodore (pictured with his grandson) said he doesn’t want his grandson growing up having to dump Honey Buckets (see below) and live in these conditions. He wants a better life for the next generations, where they don’t have to use “wash pans” which is where dirty water is reused for multiple purposes.
From developing communities living in the Alaskan tundra to huge unserved peri-urban communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, the biggest needs in WASH on this earth are also the most challenging and complex. EMI is here to bring hope to these communities.
Getting an MBA
Starting EMI offices overseas has become more complex and my responsibilities in leadership are requiring greater demands, which require further education. EMI’s CEO has asked if I am willing to acquire the education needed to enable EMI to better serve the poor overseas. This is an exciting opportunity to make a profound difference in the world by gaining wisdom from those that have come before me.
You can donate a special gift or give towards my ministry with EMI by donating to our support account at EMI.
Spending Time With Family
Before Covid’s third wave hit, we were blessed to have Nana and Papa go on a road trip with us to Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado. We feel like this is a perfect time for our boys to get into dinosaurs. The wall of over 1,500 dinosaur bones in one place was impressive. Our picnics surrounded by the beautiful Fall leaves were almost as staggering. Overall, we had a great time hiking and exploring God’s creation.
THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
Thank you to all who have been generous and have given so much over the years. We are truly grateful and revere the sacrifice you have made so we can continue contributing to the amazing ministry of EMI.