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Update 2010

By admin , Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Our 6th drilling season is in the record books. It started in early December of 2009 when a container loaded with supplies left Spokane, Washington headed for Guatemala. We anticipated that the container would arrive in mid to late December. As it was, it arrived in late February of 2010 which caused major delays in the work that was scheduled to be completed. One of the most important projects that was delayed was the installation of a new diesel engine onto one of the drill rigs. We were left with only one drill rig for use during the entire drilling season.

Volunteers started arriving in early January and in spite of the setbacks, 4 wells were eventually completed and hand pumps were installed. The first well was drilled at Canchacan to the depth of 352′ with 4 gallons per minute. The second well was drilled at Champas Quemadas and was drilled to 204′ deep with 5 gallons per minute. The third well at Pena Blanca was completed at a depth of 302′ and the fourth well for 2010 was drilled at Barillal with a final depth of 165′. Each of the four wells had hand pumps installed.

In addition to the wells in villages, a hand pump was installed in the well drilled last year at Ixyuc and an electric pump was placed in the 550′ well completed last year at Jabonche. The electric pump that was sent in the container for use at Jabonche was missing when the container was unloaded in Guatemala so a new pump had to be purchased.

Also, a pump was replaced in the #4 well at the ICAP campus. While pulling the pump to replace it a pipe failed and the pump dropped to the bottom of the well. After three days of prayers and unsuccessful attempts to retrieve the pump, the Lord blessed and the pump was retrieved!

The automatic transmission failed in our pump truck in Guatemala so we bartered with a local driller to set the electric pump at Jabonche and the hand pump at Pena Blanca. We traded several surplus large pump motors for his pump work and his lathe work that provided new threads on several of our drill tools.

A Deutz diesel engine was installed in one of our drill rigs after it finally arrived in the container it replaced the existing propane engine that was worn and inefficient. The new engine will save over $100 per day in fuel costs.

A 2004 Mitsubishi pickup was purchased this year to help assist in our growing transportation needs. A rebuilt automatic transmission was purchased for the Chevy pump truck.

In addition to the drilling and pump work, our volunteers painted some of the buildings on the Los Pinos and ICAP campuses, built racks to organize and store drill steel, built wooden stools for the cafeteria, provided dental work in several villages and held 5 evangelistic meetings just to name a few. Some medical needs that our volunteers assisted in helping were 2 boys from Barillal that had fevers for 20 days, a man from Canoa that had a disc problem in his lower back. They found a girl from Sabaneta that needs surgery to remove a growth from her face, and another girl from Pena Blanca who won’t be able to walk unless she has surgery on her legs. Water for Life International would like to find help for these children.

The evangelistic meetings led to 22 baptisms. We provided funding for fuel, provided literature, and some equipment for the members of the orphanage church and the ICAP church to continue working where we held meetings.

A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers; Bob Perry, Dave Rutledge, Bucky Mowrey, Dominic Parmentier, Monte Johnson, Speedy Gonzales, Edgar Dominquez, John Kouns, Ed Pier, Ed Ross, Dennis, Bob Wesner, Alex Nischuck, Dennis Porter, Anna Kriger, Rhonda Beyreis, Dan Fuller, Laura Fuller, Lynette Hayden, Justin Hayden, Blake Hayden, Rebecca Miller, Marcello Martinez, Scott Davis, Bob Horowitz, Mike Conaway, Karen Conaway, Lynn Bartholomew, Kathie Bartholomew, Shane Robins, Donna Robins, Dale Wendt, Norma Wendt, Vic Perger, Cindy Perger, Tim Rasmussen, Annette Rasmussen, Dave Morrill, Aaron Morrill, Gary Bartholomew, and Angie Bartholomew.

This year a significant portion of the funds were provided by three major organizations; Hope for Humanity, Positive Life Radio, and Versacare. We would also like to thank the many individual contributors for their prayers and financial support. Our success depends upon each one that is involved!

What you have done has put a smile on the faces of these children. “Verily I say unto you inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40

Container Travails

By Tim Rasmussen , Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The container left Spokane for Guatemala on Dec 18. In it was the diesel air cooled engine, more steel well casing, stems of tools, welders, parts, 10 new hand pumps, the special deep well pump for JabonChe, and of course, some things for the orphanage.

We had been told the container shipment would take about 21 days, so Gary Bartholomew was expecting the container would arrive in the second week of January. That week and the next came and went, and still there was no word about the container. Inquires to our shipping agent revealed that the container had been offloaded in Mexico and not put back on the ship. The explanation was vague about why it came off the ship and even more vague about when it would be put back on a ship We were assured however, it would be on the next ship to Guatemala, whenever that would be be!

On January 21, Annette and I left Guatemala. It was a long 23 hour shuttle on and off planes from Flores to Cancun to Houston to San Francisco to Spokane. About a week after we got home, Gary was told the container had come into the country and was in the customs process. At least it had made it into the country.

The container was in the customs process for one week and no word. Then the shipping agent told us that for some reason, the container had been selected for special inventory inspection. The reason behind this selection was unknown, but maybe because it had made an unscheduled stop in Mexico. They insisted on checking on 75% of the contents. There was nothing to do but wait.

Finally on about Feb 15, Gary was told the container would be released immediately upon payment of about $7,000 US. There were the usual charges for storage during the inspection, the inspection itself, and a fee for this and a fee for that. Then he was told that if he waited for 2 more days there would be different supervisor and the fee would be about $500 US less! Gary thought for a moment but realized the extra charges and the waiting truck and the fees would make it about a wash. Gary paid the duty and got the shipment out of that den of thieves as quickly as he could. (I guess the word “thieves” is not politically correct, but that is the word that comes to mind.) The container was 58 days in transit, but he was happy we finally had it, until he opened the door.

From Many Places – With One Purpose

By Tim Rasmussen , Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Bob Horowitz was busy working in the shop when I stopped by to talk with him. I had learned he was from Madagascar. He was just finishing working to get the new clutch slave cylinder installed in the 1967 International truck body of our newer drilling rig.
He said that he learned about the project from Bob Perry. They had met when Bob Perry had come to Madagascar when he had been working on a Peace Corps water project there. They had remained in contact, and Bob invited him to come to Guatemala with him to help us. He has a step daughter in Madagascar that keeps him going over there, but most of the time he lives in the Houston, Texas area. He said he was enjoying the work with us and while he was not a real mechanic, he was doing what he could to be helpful. His hard work on the old truck got it out the door for the first time this year.

Dominic Parmentier was at the Conchecan drilling site. He was operating the rig this year (more…)


By Tim Rasmussen , Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

It sounds like a more exotic place than it is. If “exotic” can be applied at all to a collection of 300 or so homes strung haphazardly alongside a highway outside of Poptun, Guatemala. If “homes” can be used to describe a shack with a few pieces of plywood and plastic or tarpaper, a dirt floor and no running anything except the dogs and a few chickens.

Into this place rolled our donated 1942 GMC military 6×6, with the Bucyrus Erie 22W and (more…)