The next project will be a little bit different, and a little bit wet...
To this point in ministry with EMI, I have participated in 10 project trips as a volunteer or a staff member. Four have been to Haiti, as well as one to each of Honduras, Guatemala, DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, and Cambodia. Most of these projects have had the primary goal of designing a facility - a children's home, a school, a university, etc.
The next one is going to be a bit different.
In June, I will take a small team of engineers to the Orosi River region of Costa Rica to serve a Global Outreach Mission (GOM) project called "El Jardin Sagrado" (The Sacred Garden). EMI has previously provided a master plan for this campus, which functions as a retreat centre for churches, conferences, missions teams, vacation bible schools, and spiritual renewal.
El Jardin Sagrado is now facing a major challenge. The river adjacent to their campus floods during heavy rains. They estimate they have already lost half an acre of their land due to erosion of the river banks, and some of their buildings will be at risk of severe damage if this erosion continues.
Last October, the Orosi Valley experienced almost 1200mm (that's about 4 feet!) of rainfall in less than one month! By comparison, Calgary receives an average of just over 400mm of total precipitation (snow included) annually. They urgently need a solution to stop the erosion, and have contacted EMI to step in. As the project leader, I'm looking forward to participating in a project that will have an immediate impact on a great ministry.
Please pray that we will be able to recruit engineering volunteers with the right knowledge and experience for this project. Please also pray for God's protection over the campus while we work towards a solution.
A Specific Need
As our team will be traveling to a warm climate during a relatively wet season (historically 200mm - 600mm of rain in the month of June), it would be a big benefit to have a proper waterproof, yet breathable, rain jacket.
My current rain jacket is plastic (read: sweaty) and quite old and worn out, so it does not offer much in the way of waterproofing.
A new, quality rain jacket that is suitable for heavy rain and warmer climates will cost $200 - $400. If you are interested in helping to fill this need, please reply to this email or give me a call at (403) 660-6468.
Unfortunately, a personal donation of this nature is not tax deductible, but will provide proper equipment for this project trip and many others to come.
At our last two EMI events, we shared at three videos (shot and edited by yours truly) featuring testimonials from a few past EMI clients, entitled: "The Need", "The Solution", and "The Impact". Click the image below to watch!
Youtube Playlist: EMI - "The Need", "The Solution", and "The Impact"
I'm really looking forward to sharing more about this upcoming project trip with you. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions. I'm always happy to get together for a coffee if you'd like to hear more about what's going on at EMI Canada in-person!
Braden (with Liz, Asher, Maverick, and Avery)
How to give:
Online: Visit emiworld.org/braden-swab, click the blue "Give to the Swabs" button on the right, and follow the instructions. * donations made in Canadian Dollars will receive a Canadian tax receipt, donations made in US Dollars will receive a US tax receipt.
By Cheque:Mail a cheque to the address below and include a note that specifies "for the ministry of Braden Swab" (do not include my name on the memo line):
Suite 201, 625-14 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2N 2A1 Canada
Other: Other giving options, such as donations of stocks or gifts-in-kind, are available as well. Please ask me for more information.