Pump Camp and Houston Visits!

Pump Camp:

Living Water International offers training courses in WaSH (Water, Sanitation, and Health) work around the United States and I (Rachel) was very fortunate to be able to attend their February Pump Camp. I LOVED it! I met awesome people (include people from Rwanda, Peru, and Nicaragua) and learned SO much. Here are some photos/highlights…

View of the lake at Pump Camp in Cleveland, TX!

View of the lake at Pump Camp in Cleveland, TX!

India Mark II - Most common pump in Uganda.

India Mark II – Most common pump in Uganda.



Houston Visits:

After camp, I visited two of my close friends from college. They were in our wedding 3+ years ago and I probably get to see them about once a year when they come to Colorado to visit their families. It was GREAT to see them, even if it was for such a short time.

Amy, Liz, Rachel at Common Bond

Houston friends (L to R): Liz, Amy, and Rachel.


Also, I flew into Houston on my birthday, which was pretty ironic because I was born in Houston and actually drove right next to the Hospital I was born in! Additionally, the year I was born was also Texas’ Sesquicentennial (150 years), and we found a park celebrating that year.

Sesquicentennial Park_HoustonTX

Sesquicentennial Park

Professional Engineering Exam:

I (Jesse) just started my study classes and study schedule for the Professional Engineering (PE) Exam in April.  It’s going to be a rough road and as start to (re)learn what I need to know it’s clear this will be harder than I thought.  8 hour classes on Saturdays from now till the test will certainly help so hopefully I’ll be getting into the groove of it soon.

Prayer Requests:

– Request:  Health for both of us as we struggle with some funky cold going around.

– Request (cont.): Jesse continues his study classes for the Professional Engineering Exam every Saturday until mid-April (the exam date). Pray for him to learn/refresh the concepts quickly and to effectively use his study time.

– Request (cont.): Prioritizing our time, and especially how much to time and money to put into the house before we put it on the market.

Thanks for joining us in this journey. Please, let us know how we can be praying for you and if you’d like to learn more about the work we’ll be doing in Uganda or how to partner with us!

~Rachel & Jesse

One thought on “Pump Camp and Houston Visits!

  1. Glad Brad and the Texas crew took good care of you and hopefully Erin as well. See the pumps are really mechanically simple, just heavy at times. I’d also like to hear of your talks with Erin, the project her chapter was doing got dinged by the Technical Advisory Committee and she may not have been too happy about the delay.

    Brad hopefully gave everyone a website with a collection of pump photos including internal parts we have collected over the years. Also on Youtube under waterpumptech as some videos shot at camp of India MKII and Afridev being worked on.

    Blessings! Larry Bentley Cell 972-375-6933


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