The View from Work

Sunday, 15 March 2015 | 16:33

Unfortunately, my photos from my hike last weekend are inaccessible, due to a cracked solder joint on my camera card reader. So, until I find an appropriate soldering iron (if I can, it’s sort of a delicate electronics repair), we’ll have to be content with photos from my compact camera.

Here’s a glimpse of Mount Kadam, the nearest mountain, as seen from where I’m working on the trucks. It’s not exactly a representative depiction of the region, considering Karamoja is a large plain, but it’ll have to do for now. If you click on the image, you can view a larger version.



Sunday, 15 March 2015 | 16:20

No, not the calculus kind. The kind that make trucks go. Or should. Unless they look like this.


See those missing teeth? That’s what we call a bad thing. So, the agenda for this week includes swapping in a replacement axle, since those teeth aren’t the only problem.

The theme of the last couple of weeks really is front axles, the other one being on a Land Cruiser pickup. It’s now rebuilt and installed, but something appears to be wrong with the transfer case, so I’ll be dropping that out for inspection on Monday. Hopefully we won’t see results like above.

And, yes, I’m loving this sort of work. It’s like getting to do my hobbies every day! It’s hard to believe I’m already past the half way point of my visit here. If only I could stay longer; a month seems so short.


Friday, 27 February 2015 | 11:45

After uneventful flights and transfers (although long indeed), I’ve made it to Entebbe. Finally got a good night’s rest last night and woke up refreshed. Took what I expect was my last hot shower for a month. Should be leaving mid-day to drive to Mbale for the night, then on to Nakaale on Saturday.

After being in northern climates and air conditioned airplanes, it was quite different walking off the plane into 75F and humidity in the 70% range. Definitely not the 20s (F) and low humidity like home! It’s also startling, in a good way, to see so much green, and not conifers.

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 | 23:47

All my bags are packed and I’m ready to go! As usual, finishing with a late-night packing spree. I normally pack light for my travels, so it’s a bit unusual for me to have two checked bags, but it’s not like I can just pop over to the store and get things I forgot! But, the checklist says I’m good to go.

I board tomorrow morning in Salt Lake City for an exciting 25 hours of travel to Entebbe.

And to answer a question I’ve been getting for weeks now: Am I nervous? No. Excited? Yes!

The next update will likely not be until I’m all the way to Karamoja, and even then it may be a couple of days. I expect to arrive in Nakaale (Karamoja) on Saturday evening.


Thursday, 12 February 2015 | 23:18

As those who have been around me for the last eight years know, God has tugged me towards missions. Specifically, using my engineering background to be a missionary. Until 2006, I didn’t even know it was a combination that existed. The 2006 Urbana student missions conference changed that perception, and by 2009, when I went for the second time, I knew that missions was to what I was called. It’s even why I ended up choosing industrial engineering as my major, believe it or not.

Fast forward to 2015. I finally have the opportunity to put my plan into action: use my vacation time for short-term work work as I figure out where I can best fit in as a missionary before transitioning to full-time missionary. In less than two weeks, I’ll be headed to Uganda with my denomination (the OPC) for a month, working with the missionaries in the Karamoja region. To say that I’m looking forward to it is an understatement. :)

There remains much packing and gathering/finishing a few things (amazing how deadlines can push deferred projects to the front, like sewing a couple of pairs of pants and shorts) as the time draws near. For a while, it seemed a ways off, but then, all of a sudden in January, it switched to “oh, wow, that’s soon!”. Always something to keep me out of trouble, right?

I’ll use this blog to keep y’all apprised of my progress. You’re welcome to follow along! Also, if you want to receive e-mails with specific prayer requests, use the contact form and I’ll add you to my list.