Lee Davis operates a small shop out of his garage in Rathdrum Idaho. He is not on the main road and he does not advertise his services. He knows as much about magnetos as any living person and has forgotten more about them than most people will ever know. He has a collection of old magnetos and runs an exchange service in order to keep old engines running. One of his magnetos is on one of our rigs in Guatemala. This is the story of how he helped us.
A customer came by one day and needed a part for a lawn mower and mentioned that he had an old magneto and asked if Lee wanted it. Being interested in old magneto, Lee said sure and a few days later, there was an old magneto wrapped in a cloth outside his shop door one morning. There was no note or information with it. Lee waited a couple of weeks but did not hear from anyone about it. Finally he decided to open it up and see what was wrong with it. He had never seen one quite like it, but he was able to check it out and using some parts from old junk magnetos, he was able to put it back in working order. He put it on the shelf and never had a call for it as the months turned into years.
One day a man named Brett McCarty who operates a company called McCarty Drilling and Pump Inc. of Rathdrum, Idaho called and asked if he could stop by to see if he could help him with a problem. Lee said sure and in about 15 minutes, Brett McCarty drove up and came into the shop. He told how a friend of his, Gary Bartholomew was down in the jungle of Guatemala and had an old rig with a bad Magneto and wondered if Lee could help. Lee asked for the model number of the magneto that was the problem and Brett got on the phone and in a moment relayed the number. Lee recognized it immediately. It was the same as the old magneto that had been sitting on the shelf for nearly two years.
Lee never knew when he got the old magneto that he would be an answer to our prayerful need, but he was. Brett paid him for it and took it straight to Spokane where it went into the luggage of a volunteer who was headed to Guatemala that night. Two days later the magneto was on the rig and the old rig was aging beating a hole in the earth to bring the blessing of clean water to the needy people of Guatemala.