My thoughts are far less technical than Tom’s, but just as passionate.
I loved our time in Elkhart. The reality of us moving there and working at the Technology Center was so real I could taste it. There are so many cool projects underway (from water-pump design for community development projects to use of cutting-edge technology for bringing The Word to the unreached). Our roles are so obvious, how we will fit in - so apparent! - and there are projects already awaiting our arrival. Not only does it make me yearn to move and get to work, but also find the rest of our support team to make it a reality! We are desperately seeking those who share our passion of serving the under-served and reaching the lost.
We are ANXIOUS to get started - but we need YOU! We can’t just go, we need to be sent. We need you to pray for us, partner with us, and advocate for us to others on our behalf. We are willing and eager to go - please SEND US!
So, I’ve been playing around for JJ’s whole nap today on Google Maps APIs. My other browser window is searching for ARM-based Arduino clones.
This may or may not sound interesting to you, but to me this is gold! You see, I’m a geek… But a geek who sincerely wants to use his skills and passions to serve the underprivileged.
Coming back from the Tech Center, my mind was racing about contributing to a project that the Manufacturing Manager, Steven Peacock, is leading. We’ve teamed up with ICDI to install wells to bring clean water to communities who need it. (You can read more about the project here.)
But how does a Computer Engineer fit in? These wells are equipped with special satellite uplinks, so that we can (remotely) monitor their performance. For instance, we can tell if a pump is broken within a few hours, regardless of how geographically remote the community may be! This translates into quicker mobilization of a repair team, and much less time for the community to be without water.
The flow meter test rig in the machine shop at the Tech Center. The water comes in through the green tube, exits through the black tube, and the amount of water flow is sent along the little black wire to the “Arduino” microcontroller.
This “Arduino” is little, and cheap, but its packs a punch — it can perform about *16 million* instructions in a single second, and can run off a set of AA batteries for *3 years*.
Built right into the pump are a few sensors, that measure water flow and movement of the pump handle, which is connected to a miniature computer we call an “Arduino”, which is connected to a device that can send a message to a satellite, which is connected to a Google Maps web page so that we can visualize the entire network of wells, and quickly identify and respond to individual issues.
Using technology for great causes. I can’t wait to get started!
We are here:
And are enjoying our time getting reacquainted with the team and learning about all the exciting projects they have currently underway. From stories of fresh water pumps in Africa to radio ministries in Asia and everything in between, there is a lot happening. We can HARDLY wait to join in on the work. It is great to be rejuvenated and re-energized. We are eager to return on a full-time basis and are getting pumped up to continue on our support raising journey. We currently have 50% of our required monthly funding pledged, praise God!, but now it’s time to find that other half and GET BACK here and GET TO WORK!
Today we begin our journey to visit the Technology Center in Elkhart, IN! After a few days on the road, I look forward to updating you with the current happenings, interesting projects, and future prospects for us in Elkhart. We are very excited to visit, but will be more excited to head there permanently Pray with us that the Lord will bring forth the second half of our support team and we will reach our support raising goal of 100% in 2013!
The weather has turned unbelievably wonderful these past few weeks and we are ready for summer! Play dates at the park, family bike rides, and ice cream have been filling our days.
We continue to meet with families and churches in effort to expand our sending team. We are still hovering around the 50% mark and are eager to continue along. Please continue to pray with us that the Lord will bring together our sending team in His perfect timing!
We will be off to Elkhart, Indiana to visit the technology Center later this month. I look forward to bringing back more info and stories regarding the types of projects we will be working on once we reach our 100% goal.
Thanks for taking this journey with us! It wouldn’t be possible without each of you.