Well, after over 1 month of learning practical technology skills to use on the field, I feel both grateful to have so much knowledge at our fingertips, and overwhelmed at the prospect of having to actually do all of the these things ourselves! I suppose though, that being overwhelmed sort of comes with the territory.
My favorite part of this class was doing the hands on projects-I got to use a soldering pencil for the first time. We got to learn about batteries and the differences between AC and DC electricity (very important on the field), and about lightning protection, water filtration, solar panels, and a whole host of other things that will make living on the field more efficient. After all, the more time spent trying to live means the less time spent with the people (generally). I almost feel spoiled compared to the uber-rugged missionaries of yesteryear.
One thing I also loved was how we got to see a little more about how God’s world works and how perfectly He has designed everything to function. It is amazing how many details this world has, the vast majority of which have yet to be discovered or figured out! This class has definitely made me excited at the idea of living in a tribe! Oh, and if anyone has some needs NiCad batteries zapped or has to do soldering but only has DC power, we are now experts