Merry Christmas!

We began our Christmas celebration in November when we spent a week with our daughter Jenny and family in Mexico. Dan had a fun time decorating their Christmas tree in summer-like weather with Grandsons, Landon and Ian.

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the growing church where Oscar and Jenny minister. They have a thriving congregation with young families, and the morning service was filled with enthusiastic music and a practical, Bible-centered message. We were encouraged to see how the Lord is working in Mexico.

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior who brings salvation to all who put their faith in him.

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10, 11 NIV

Reaching a Neighborhood via Wi-Fi

Traditionally, when ministries approach SonSet Solutions, it is for help building a Christian FM radio station with a range of about 10-15 miles. The installation averages about $20,000, and several staff are needed to operate it. SonSet Solutions is working on a radically different concept to help ministries and churches reach the lost in their immediate neighborhood.

SonSet Solutions is developing a small, modular Wi-Fi system to “broadcast” Christian content up to about 100 yards, depending on the terrain. It will be a portable, self-contained unit that can be placed on the rooftop of a church, for example,  and provide a variety of content to nearby cell-phone users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The content can be tailored to the needs and interests of the micro-community that the church wants to reach.

It all costs less than $500 and doesn’t require full-time staff to operate it. Because it is not an FM radio station, there are no government applications, red tape or delays to deal with. It could be purchased, installed and broadcasting all in the same day helping our ministry partners more efficiently and effectively reach their immediate communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ! (Story from SonSetSolutions.org)

September 2019 Family News

Dan is assisting with some Wi-Fi projects for partners and has started research into solar energy systems for use in underdeveloped countries. He spends a good part of each day keeping the 70+ computers and network running at the SonSet Solutions office.

Barb is ministering in three local elementary schools with afternoon Bible clubs. She is also involved with women’s Bible Study Fellowship and Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.

Emily and her husband, Cody, are expecting their first child in December. Cody is a SonSet Solutions engineer developing water pump monitors.

Jenny and Oscar continue their ministry in Queretaro, Mexico, where they are involved with discipling new believers and training church leaders.

John and his wife, Katie, are living in Indianapolis. John is enjoying his work at Old Gold Barbecue, and Katie is a stay-at-home mom who cares for their toddler who is changing and growing by leaps and bounds.

We praise the Lord for the many blessings He has brought into our lives. Our prayer is that we would remain faithful in serving Him with hearts of gratitude.

From Radio to Water in Africa

After many years of patience and perseverance, our water monitoring work in the Central African Republic (CAR) has come full circle.

This account goes all the way back to 2007, when Dan was part of a team of SonSet Solutions missionaries who traveled to the CAR to install a shortwave radio station for Water for Good, a ministry dedicated to bringing clean and lasting water to everyone in the Central African Republic. This station enabled Water for Good to reach nearly the entire country with messages about clean water, hygiene, farming, and, most importantly, God’s Word. In 2010 Dan returned with two other SonSet engineers to install a second shortwave transmitter to increase radio coverage.

Later, Water for Good asked for help with monitoring their water wells remotely. This would lighten the burden of their maintenance teams who travel through the remote African bush. We began collaboration with well pump manufacturers in pursuit of a solution.

While we were able to test two prototypes in March 2013, civil war broke out in the CAR immediately afterward. Due to this barrier and requests from other water ministries that heard of our efforts, we spent the next six years refining our technology and helping ministries such as Water Mission and Zoe Waters in more than a dozen other countries.

Now the political climate is more stable in the CAR, and Water for Good has installed a new, improved hand pump in several villages. In July of 2019, SonSet Solutions provided SonSetLink™ water monitors for these pumps bringing us back to the ministry where the pursuit of a solution first started! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide tools that increase the effectiveness of  ministries like Water for Good.

 

April 2019 Family News

Dan is working on a report for our board of directors to summarize the prominent challenges we face in effectively leveraging next-generation technologies and make recommendations for how SonSet Solutions should respond to these challenges, both in the Mission and in the unreached world.

Barb continues to work in the local public schools assisting with Happy Day Bible clubs and a new after-school program for third graders where 60 percent of the students come from non-English-speaking homes.

Jenny and Oscar’s ministry is going well in Mexico as the church where they work continues to grow and may need to have two services on Sundays to accommodate everyone.

Emily continues to work part-time at SonSet Solutions and has taken another part-time position with a local healthcare organization.

John has a new job with Old Gold Barbecue, an up-and-coming startup in Indianapolis.