Jolene Bauer travels on mission trip
Dodge City customer service representative Jolene Brauer and eight members of her congregation participated in a mission trip to Haiti the third week of January.
“I’d like to thank everyone who made donations of goods or cash for the trip,” Jolene said. “We had three very ambitious goals and were able to touch on each goal.”
Those goals were to divert a river, begin construction on an orphanage, and perform medical well-checks.
The river was a project the team first learned about two years ago. The movement of the river due to a hurricane several years ago was devastating to a village of farmers. It was the goal of the team to divert the river to help make the village more agriculturally productive. However, unbeknownst to the team, Hurricane Sandy did even more damage. Any work the team had planned would be disastrous to another group of farmers. Concern brought the team to government officials that were unaware of the severity of the river situation.
Although the team did not move any rocks, the team did move officials to action. Haitian officials now have a greater awareness of the severity of the issue and promised further investigation and work on the river to ensure the villagers remain self-sustaining and increase their productivity.
The team had great hopes to be able to work on the construction of a hurricane and earthquake resistant kit home for an orphanage. However, due to logistics, the home did not arrive until the end of their stay in Haiti. Fortunately, they were able to procure and deliver a generator to the site of the orphanage so that when the home was delivered, work could begin immediately. A team arrived in Haiti from Wisconsin to begin work on the orphanage the day Jolene’s team left.
Four of the eight team members have a medical background. One member, a retired military officer with experience in third world countries, was invaluable with his background and leadership to the success of the medical mission. Several local community members were treated and given care by the team. The team also performed well-checks on over 90 villagers from infant to elderly with symptoms ranging from minor aches and pains, to severe and potentially life-threatening ear infections.
According to Jolene: “The completion or work on these three goals pale in comparison to the growth in faith of the team members and our witnessing and sharing Christ’s love with the Haitian people. We were able to pray and show compassion for many needy people. We learned what it means to ‘Grow in Faith; Impact the World’ by volunteering our time to the poor, the needy, and the oppressed. Thank you to everyone for your support and prayers of our mission.”
Last week our agronomists gathered in Kearney, Neb. for Servi-Tech’s annual Professional Development Conference. During PDC more than 90 agronomists attend educational sessions on a variety of topics and also attend an awards ceremony.
Here’s a list of everyone who won awards, along with a photo gallery. Congratulations to the winners!
Technical Service Agronomist
30 Year Award
25 Year award
20 Year Award
15 Year Award
10 Year Award
400,000 Acre Award
300,000 Acre Award
100,000 Acre Award
Rookie of the Year
Agronomist of the year
Servi-Tech agronomists are in Kearney, Nebraska this week to continue their world-class education programs.