We're working in Latin America with
Engineering Ministries International
We're working with a Christian NGO based in Nicaragua called Engineering Ministries International (EMI). EMI work with many local charities in helping them to develop their sites and building facilities. The sort of projects that EMI delivers include schools, hospitals, churches and even, on one occasion, a fish farm training centre powered on chicken waste!
We're currently studying Spanish as a family in Costa Rica before moving to Nicaragua in January 2022.
How did we get here?
We've been praying about the possibility of joining staff at EMI since we visited the Latin America office (then in Costa Rica) back in 2012 before working together on a project in Honduras. The project team photo below was taken on that trip - showing us both looking a little younger!
Six years later during Spring Harvest 2018 we felt God calling us to step out in faith and look more closely at what working for EMI might look like.
Rob carried out another project, this time in Managua, in March 2019 and then as a family we enjoyed an incredible Nicaraguan holiday a few months later to test the waters.
We formally applied in early 2020 and following a few months of interviews we were offered a position to join the EMI Nicaragua office. We moved to Costa Rica in late April 2021 where we are carrying out 8 months of Spanish school before moving to Managua in Nicaragua.
Details on past projects, where we have been involved as volunteers, can be found here.
EMI is a non-profit Christian development organisation made up of architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers. EMI uses its skills to serve people worldwide through the design of hospitals, schools, water systems and many other facilities. An important part of EMI’s work is employing and training local design professionals in their offices abroad. For more details check out their website here
As with all overseas EMI staff we don't receive a salary from EMI but instead raise the funds to provide all that we need for our time over here. That includes rent, food, vehicle costs, school fees, flights etc.
We're so grateful for the incredible support we're receiving from several churches and an amazing number of friends and family members. We do remain slightly below our fundraising targets however, if supporting our ministry is something that you are interested in then please click on the link below (providing the reference 'Quail Family') or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Things to pray for:
Praise God for our safe arrival in Costa Rica and the smooth journey getting here.
Praise God that we were able to get both our Covid jabs before we left the UK, against expectation.
Praise God the the kids seem to have settled well in school and are enjoying some fun afterschool activities including taekwondo and swimming!
Pray for the Covid situation in Costa Rica where the case numbers have been rising steadily since mid April. The hospitals are currently at capacity. Whilst our schooling hasn't yet been significantly affected there has been some disruption and there will no doubt be more to come.
Why are we doing this?
Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty-- he is the King of glory. – Psalm 24 v 10
Psalm 24 has been a recurring passage for our family for a long time including a memorable sermon in a Nicaraguan church, back in 2012! And it also speaks into the moment we find ourselves in now as we recognise God as our King and invite Him to lead us. We feel that He has been calling us into this ministry and whilst it is a big move for our family, and at times a little daunting, we are putting our trust in Him as we embark on this exciting opportunity. There is more about the significance Psalm 24 has for us here.