Although it is still quite warm here in Colorado, summer will soon give way to autumn. Amidst this seasonal transition, our family finds itself in a life season of change with Nathan, our oldest, beginning college. Significant transitions invite reflection and as you will see from this newsletter, we were provided with such an opportunity.
Dan and Kim
Five Years with EMI!
Last month we celebrated five years since joining staff with EMI. Check out this video we created for one of our supporting churches, Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Union, NJ.
EMI Disaster Response to the Bahamas
No doubt you've heard how Dorian, the Category 5 Hurricane devastated the Bahamas earlier this month. Within 48 hours of Dorian's departure from the islands, EMI sent a civil engineer, trained in disaster response, to support the relief and development organization Samaritan's Purse (SP). EMI is supporting SP's mobilization of an emergency field hospital that was implemented due to the existing hospital having experienced significant flood damage. Specifically, EMI personnel are on hand to oversee the operations of onsite water and wastewater systems for the emergency field hospital. This past weekend, EMI WASH Program Manager Jason Chandler was mobilized to the Bahamas to relieve the first EMI engineer that had been sent and to determine ways we can continue to support and expand EMI's involvement. Since we anticipate an ongoing need for EMI's technically trained disaster responders, please pray for our continuing recruitment and deployment efforts to provide assistance to the many people suffering in Dorian's aftermath.
As you can see from the photos (above taken in August 2014, below in August 2019), a lot has changed. Here are some of the current happenings:
Nathan is now a freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he plans to study business and eventually pursue his "dream" job of working with a professional sports team.
Maya obtained her driver's license in August and is now a junior in high school. She is beginning to explore college options for pursuing her desire to become a professional personal trainer.
Haley is now a freshman in high school and is planning to enjoy this season of not having to be thinking about colleges and majors.
Reconnecting with Friends from Uganda
Earlier this summer, Dan met a new friend who in 2016-2018 had spent some time working among refugees in Iraq. As they began sharing stories and getting to know each other, they determined that they both knew the Gaedes, an American family that lived in Uganda while we there in 2014-15. In 2016 the Gaedes had moved to Iraq as part of their work among communities suffering from war and conflict. Carl and Julie, professional trauma counselors, are founders of Tutapona (which means "we will be healed" in Swahili), an organization that has provided trauma rehabilitation programs to over 50,000 people in Uganda and Iraq.
Upon discovering that the Gaedes would be in Colorado Springs for training in August, we set aside time to connect. While Kim and Julie caught each other up on family news, Dan and Carl talked about ways to support the development and care of Tutapona's growing staff. It was a brief but great time reconnecting with friends from Uganda. We are thankful for such an opportunity!