Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Solar Panels

FPC helped purchase solar panels for the Rafiki Village in Uganda. Not only do you see pictures of the solar panels, you also see pictures of Uganda, Africa, where I will be staying. These are pictures from the temporary solar water heating system that has been under trial for cottages 1,2, & 3. In a permanent installation, Rafiki plans to install the water tank in the attic of the middle cottage, so that all that is exposed would be the solar panels mounting on the roof of the cottage. The key to the success of these systems is the dark copper strips that absorb the heat in the panels. The material for these systems is imported, with the assembly done in Uganda. Warranty is 5 years on the system. Rafiki appreciates the investment in their facility and is enjoying being able to stretch the given amount to cover 9 cottages. Upon completion the solar panels will enable the cottages, dining facilities, and laundry facilities to have hot water, at a very cheap price.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Last mtg.

The Uganda team from FPC had their last full team mtg. this evening. I am super excited! My checked is 99% packed, missing one item, and has another 15 lbs. I could pack. :) My carry on is 75% packed, that will not be packed until I leave on Saturday. God has blessed our team with a wide knowledge base and a desire to serve Him. 3/4 of our group is going with Food for the Hungry for two weeks. I am going with Rafiki, as are 3 other women.

Yah for great students and wonderful days!

Monday, May 28, 2007


Church was good yesterday. We had our commissioning at the contemporary worship service, which was way special. As a team, we were called to the front, the congregation came forward and laid hands on us, and we prayed.

Shannon preached on Martyrdom--a tough thing to tackle. Needless to say, I am still thinking. It was fascinating that Shannon preached on Christian Martyrdom, as my Uncle Jim had just 24 hours prior, sent out an email on the very same subject matter.

I had a couple of the girls over for lunch on Saturday--another good idea, we distributed poundage and weight into 50 lb. bags for each of us, and we also spent the time in fellowship, discussing things to bring, things not to bring, how to pack certain items. Yah for well needed conversations. :)