The yard and the shop at the Bartholowmew’s in Spokane during November and December was a busy place. The stockpile of items to be shipped was growing. Each item shipped has to be labeled, inventoried, and weighed. The gas tanks have to be drained on all motors. The tool stems were checked and thread protectors fashioned. As the pile grew, weight became a primary consideration because shipping container capacity was limited to 44,000 pounds. Some decisions on what to take could not be made till the last moment.
Finally the container arrived and on one long cold day was loaded with 40,000 pounds of tools, generators, forms, well service truck, and fire fighting gear. The container was to go by truck to Seattle then by rail to Long Beach and then on a Mersk Line ship to Puerto Barrios on the Pacific side of Guatemala then by truck to the northeast portion of Guatemala. This seems like a long and perilous journey for our precious load of material.
This year’s project, in addition to the drilling, is construction of a 20ft diameter and 20ft tall concrete water reservoir. A generous friend, Scott Hamstra of Mt Baker Silo Co of Bellingham WA, donated a set of steel forms and allowed Lynn Bartholomew to gain experience with the techniques involved. The base of the tank is 24′ diameter and 1ft thick. This will be done in one pour with six small mixers and about 40 men. Another friend, Cory Startup, at Sequim Valley Pumps, donated a well service truck in good used condition. The truck will be invaluable to our project.
This year’s first drilling effort will be one more well at the orphanage campus, and then we will drill in a nearby village. The village has no electricity or water. We have a 22 hp Lister diesel generator which will provide electrical power for the well pump and rudimentary other service. The villagers will build a generator house and dig trenches for the basic water service.
At this writing the container is mired in the Guatemala import and customs process. But, we are confident that with God as our shipping agent, we will see the equipment delivered safely at the right time to the ICC campus.