Ride For Refuge…

seniors

Senior’s Social Gathering supported by ROTOM – in a village near Mukono, Uganda

Greetings Family & Friends.

Joan & I love to share with you a few worthy milestones with EMI this year.

  • We’ve been a part of EMI since 2002 and this still continues to build us up and connect us with great people driven toward great purposes
  • We’ve led the Uganda Survey Practicum for 5 years now and are committed to the next 5, God willing, and hopefully with new responsibilities that will include mentoring a successor
  • This will be our 5th year riding the Ride For Refuge. We’re grateful to do it once again in Grande Prairie, and hope for some warm weather October 1st.
  • Nine years ago, Joan & I made our first trip to Africa with EMI and it opened up our eyes to a whole new world; one where lives are lived out so differently than ours back home in North America.  We were helping Reach One Touch One Ministry (ROTOM) by designing facilities that would enable them to provide support for very marginalized older persons (seniors) living in Uganda.  As we’ve returned year after year and connected with ROTOM, we can attest to the great impact this indigenous ministry is having on their community, and their plans for increasing their outreach are unceasing.   In fact, as I share this with you, an EMI design team has just arrived in Mukono, Uganda to carry out Phase 2 of the design of ROTOM’s Medical Center and Hospice Care Facility.  Please help support EMI as we take to bikes in this year’s Ride For Refuge and raise funds for these great organizations we’re blessed to work with.  Proceeds for this will help cover EMI’s administration costs for providing vital design services that enable our ministry partners in:   supporting older persons in Uganda;  Youth outreach in Mexico, and mentoring Survey Engineering students in Africa.  This work we do together gives a clear signal that God loves us all, and wants dignity for us, and calls us to his own.

Thanks for riding  and supporting us in this great adventure!

Patrick & Joan Cochranedscf1841
Engineering Ministries International
designing a world of hope
Suite 201, 625-14th Street NW
Calgary, AB Canada T2N 2A1
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Without you!

It is our privilege and we thank God to call you part of our team.  Because of your partnership in prayer and support, encouragement and love, we are able to develop, maintain and grow relationships with our students.  This pure mentorship is truly walking alongside our brothers and sisters and watching them blossom.  From our hearts to yours – thank you!

Our closing lunch and party – celebrating completion of Year Five!

Notice no headless chicken running around. Jackson, our guard and man of all trades purchased 4 live chickens for our closing lunch. Here he is preparing to kill and clean them so that I can roast them. Just a creepy little sidebar, the chickens were still warm when I put them in the oven.

Notice no headless chicken running around. Jackson, our guard and man of all trades purchased 4 live chickens for our closing lunch. Here he is preparing to kill and clean them so that I can roast them. Just a creepy little sidebar, the chickens were still warm when I put them in the oven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We served BBQ chicken, beef samosas, rice, beans and pasta salad

We served BBQ chicken, beef samosas, rice, beans and pasta salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating with balloons

Bye! Decorating with balloons by our students Fosca, Anastasia and Richard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating our fill

Eating our fill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And lots of it...

And lots of it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the team - a very special thank you for your support, prayers and contributions.

From the team – a very special thank you for your support, prayers and contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our time here in pictures

Our new slogan:  Integrity in surveying…going to sleep at night knowing you’re right; not hoping you’re right.

Psalm 25:21  May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

The rubber hits the road.  Our students couple their Geomatics Engineering theory with all of the practical survey and CAD skills taught over the past 5 weeks, to acquire field data and provide a Topographic Plan. We served a ministry partner that was started in response to rescue child soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army.  They now have 288 children in family like cluster homes.  Ontino Waa translated means “Our Children”,  See http://www.otinowaa.org/  They’re doing great things to improve quality of life for Ugandans in this part of the country – mainly through provision of loving homes and a higher standard education with Christian focus.  This endeavor will help EMI guide Otino Waa as they further develop infrastructure on their site.

We have been blessed as we blessed the teachers and students of Otino Waa.  Our survey students commented on how the children have spoken into their lives.  These kids have learned how to love their house mothers, brothers and sisters as their own, how to forgive those who have harmed them and their families during the war, and to move forward in the assurance and hope of better things to come.

With less than 2 weeks left, please pray for endurance of the trainers, health for everyone, that that God would continue to bless our students as we mentor them.

 

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