I’m sitting in one of the vans at our worksite, grateful for this place and this work. It’s been a long day with some serious electrical problems, though those problems now appear to have been resolved and the equipment is running well.
When we arrived this morning in Revolución one of the two pumps wasn’t working. It was difficult to tell if the problem was with the pump or if it was electrical. After much testing and attempting various fixes, the tech team determined the problem was with the power coming into the building. When our partners had run electricity to the building before we came, there had been some errors with the wiring. This afternoon, one very intelligent and brave local man climbed the power pole with a couple of tools and restrung the wire. It worked, but nearly the whole day had been spent solving the problem.
In the meantime two other parts of our program continued. The health education team completed their work of training teachers in the morning, and in the afternoon those teachers taught the children. Late morning, a few members of our group went to visit nearby Miguel Colorado, the site of our first installation 2 years ago. Tom Pierson installed a new switch and we met with the current operators. That system continues to produce purified water for the village and the church and operators feel a strong sense of mission to their community.
Late in the afternoon the system was started and began to produce clean water. We had an evening service of dedication in the church building, where words of gratitude were spoken on both sides. We all gave thanks to God for the gift of water and for the successful work that has taken place this week. It was an emotional time because we won’t see many of these people tomorrow as they return to work.
At this moment, everyone but the tech team has returned to the hotel and the tech members are still checking the system Meanwhile Paul Pinkston is training the operators to test the water and operate the equipment. These four key people (all members of the local church) are making excellent progress in mastering the technical/scientific measurements necessary to run the system. They are ready to assume this important work for their community.
Friday morning the tech team will run the system again to check for any problems and will complete the operator training. Then we’ll be leaving for the drive back to Mérida.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2008