Update - May 2011
Sunrise on the ARU site - a new day is dawning on this land in more ways than one. (Sorry, I know that's corny, but it's still a beautiful picture!)
After nearly three months of design work after our project trip in early February, the Africa Renewal University (ARU) report is now complete, bound and in the mail! I thought I’d include a few pictures of the final documents to show the good work our volunteers and interns did in finishing this report. ARU is up and running on the site, with capacity for nearly 300 students in session. Some of the work outlined in our report has already begun, and they are planning to fast-track the building process to complete the master plan in the next 5 years. It is really exciting to be a part of such a fast growing ministry!
The project report cover sheet
Some of the work outlined in our report has already begun, and they are planning to fast-track the building process to complete the master plan in the next 5 years. It is really exciting to be a part of such a fast growing and motivated ministry! If you're interested in following along with them on Facebook, search for 'Gaba Bible Institute' (the previous name).
The Master Plan for the site developed by the EMI team
An aerial view of the proposed site plan
Another aerial view - our model doesn't fully account for the slope on the site since it wasn't necessary to include for planning purposes (of course, our design drawings that will be used for construction clearly show the slope on the site)
The recent graduating class at ARU. The next class of students is even larger. A great quote taken from ARU's facebook page that underscores the importance of this project: "If every Christian training institute in the world operated at 120% of capacity, less than 10% of the unequipped leaders would receive training."
Haiti trip update: On June 5th, myself and 11 volunteers will head out to Limbe, Haiti, for my next project trip. We will be working with CEDAN, a Haitian ministry that is serving the needs of the people in the Acul du Nord region outside of Cap Haitian in Northern Haiti. The primary focus of the trip will be designing a new multi-use building for the ministry, as well as giving them water, power and site master planning recommendations to maximize their capacity to minister in the area. The trip is relatively short (we return home on June 13th) and so is our turn-around time (we need to finish by the beginning of August), so we’ll be working hard this week to complete most of our work in-country.
Here’s a pdf booklet we put together for the trip, including pictures and biographies about the ministry and each of the EMI trip participants. Thanks for your prayers during our trip! (note: some of the text got jumbled in the pdf to jpg conversion process, but it was just the title information so I posted it anyway. Also, because it's in Microsoft Publisher's 'booklet' format, the pages appear out of order though they wouldn't be if you were binding this into a booklet! Probably TMI, but in case anyone's bothered by it!)