By Holly Sebald
If you've ever wondered what God meant when He said, “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10, here is one example. Electricity in Ganta comes from Ivory Coast via a local power company or often, a 5,500 watt diesel generator when the power is down. When initially built, wiring at the ARC was incorrect and inadequate and with larger chocolate making equipment expected in a few months we knew we needed some updates.
Brandon Skiles, Bill and Holly's son-in-law, was eager to come on his first trip to Liberia. He was concerned that we would not have enough for him to do. After day one, he saw the need and started talking about his second trip! Soon after his arrival our electric meter melted for the second time. He's worked at Skiles Electric in Frankfort, Indiana for years and has just finished his junior year at Purdue in Electrical Engineering. He has solved a number of problems. We can even turn on the bathroom light barefoot, without receiving a 220 v jolt haha...
Our generator can supply twice the power it did before because of the upgrades. Thanks to his hard work and knowledge, we now have 100 amp 3 phase power coming into the Agricultural Research Center! New wire, new meter, new conduit, and a new panel in the generator house and the first floor have all been added to complete the upgrade.
All we can say is "thank you, Brandon!" All of this work was needed and completed without even putting much planning into it, but God knew our needs the entire time. Thank you Jesus for blessing us so richly
Your generous gift to HITHMI can help complete the wiring and outlets needed in the ARC for the anticipated chocolate making equipment. This project is an important step in development for Liberia and a tremendous demonstration of value added agriculture.