Today’s church service was heard across the area! This signifies a great deal of success to our trip. It seems we just got here, but we accomplished a lot. We spent the day setting up Pastor Mioche’s studio. He is ready to begin his regular studio broadcasts.
We also unpacked the bowls and spoons donated by St. John’s and the VBS children. These will be well used at the Bouyaha School. Everyone is excited to have them.
We head out early in the morning. We should be on the road by 5 AM, and then a long day traveling (resting in airports!).
We managed to get Pastor Mioche on the air today. We were able to get his old transmitter up and running with the new antenna equipment. We set up the new micro wave link between the church and the radio station, so Pastor Mioche plans to broadcast tomorrow’s church service. He is excited to be able to broadcast again.
It’s been another long and hot day again. But we have accomplished what we set out to do and feel good about our progress. We have a bit more to do tomorrow, but will have time to look at the school and the chicken project.
We had great success today with the tower, antenna, and feed cable. They are ready to go and awaiting the transmitter. Unfortunately we discovered the transmitter is not working. We are looking for a solution, but not holding our breath.
Having a great time working with Pastor Mioche and the guys here. It is warm … in the high 90’s, intense sun, and a mega dose of humidity.
Weary from a 19 hour journey, but we made it safe and sound. The road from Port Au Prince was a rough/muddy mess. Four wheel drive served us well.
We start work in the morning. Will update again tomorrow.
Dennis Foster and Brian Schultz are traveling to Pignon to assist with upgrading Pastor Mioche’s radio station. Over the past 2 years, a new transmitter, antenna, and other equipment have been donated and sent to Pastor Mioche. Now is the time for the equipment to be installed and put in to service.
Local station KNLW New Life 98.9 donated a radio transmitter to Pastor Mioche so he could increase his broadcast power and reach. That lead to additional donations by St. John’s members of a new antenna, cables, and other gear to maximize the benefit of the new transmitter. That in turn lead to the current work to remodel the radio station, including the addition of a second story. The original radio station was very small and cramped. The entire space was no larger than a small office. The remodel will provide larger studio space and more room for equipment. It is amazing how one good gesture leads to another, and another, and another …
Brian is an engineer who supports KNLW’s operations. He has graciously offered his expertise and support to help complete this project. We will update this blog while in Pignon.
We spent so much time on the school painting and dedication that we didn’t mention the latrine project. The project is off to a good start. You can see the back of the school in the background of the first picture. The plan calls for a 12 room building; a big improvement over the 3 room latrine they have now.