This is the time of year when things begin to move at a faster pace in the Bartholomew shop. The gathering of material and tools and equipment has been slowly going on for several months, but now Gary is busy everyday checking things off the long list of needed and necessary items. The communications between Gary and Jon are nearly daily. Water for Life is working toward certification with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. This is an American financial standards association with over 2200 members nationwide. Members of ECFA are organizations which have demonstrated high financial standards. We are obtaining an independent audit to submit with our application. At this writing, I am preparing for a trip to Guatemala to meet with our accountant there to prepare for the importation of the rotary drilling rig. There are documents that I must sign regarding the relationship between Water for Life in the USA and our Guatemala corporation, Agua Para la Vida. The rigs will be imported in the name of Water for Life so far as I know, but it is kind of a moving target. Anyhow, Berny says I must come and so I am getting my tickets and reservations. One of the big items on the list was our supply of hand pumps. Gary ordered 12 of the 11HD hand pumps from Baker Manufacturing Co. This is about what we usually use each year and is a big expense item for us. In response to the order, Doug VanFossen called and said that that Baker Mfg. would donate the 12 pumps! He also told Gary they will be shipped to Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co. in Spokane, WA for us to pickup. This is a huge item to check off the list. These pumps will go to work in remote areas of Guatemala, bringing clean water to the surface for people who have very little. Many, many thanks to them for their generosity. These wonderful gifts are a big encouragement for all of us. The rotary rig is in the shop in Missouri getting the last things repaired so it will be ready to work as soon as it gets into Guatemala. Seth Weilage is watching over that process and he and Jon Hansen talk frequently I am sure. Speedy and Bucky in Ohio are going to haul the rig to either Florida or Texas for shipment to Guatemala. I am not sure which port will be used. Our shipper will have some input into that decision. We are also looking for two other trucks. One will be one of the crew-cab diesels for transporting folks around and the other to carry water and pipe for the rotary rig. I will probably check on that while I am there. I will keep you posted.
Many thanks to all our volunteers and donors. None of this could happen without them and the generosity the Good Lord has put in their hearts