“Hats off to the past, coats off to the future.” Not merely recognition of the warm weather in late July, this quote from Clarence Jones (one of HCJB’s founders) set the tone for a special HCJB Engineering Reunion and was a nod to SonSet Solutions’ second biennial Global Impact Celebration (GIC).
The three-day reunion of HCJB engineers from decades ago provided the opportunity to participate in interactive GIC activities showcasing how technology is used by God to impact lives worldwide for His glory. Newly illustrated this year was the Equipment Power Protection (EPP) unit that tested reaction times against electronic circuitry and a replica radio tower that children could climb.
Former president of HCJB Global and guest speaker Ron Cline reflected that, “So many times, during the weekend, I was transported back in time and felt as if we were doing it all over again. I have great appreciation for all of you. I realized anew what a privilege it was to serve our Lord with you.”
The continued faithfulness of the Lord was echoed by a former HCJB working visitor, Harry Chase, who noted that: “The HCJB legacy certainly lives on at SonSet [Solutions], and I pray it will continue and strengthen in doing God’s work.”
The term “RV” or “Recreational Vehicle” often brings to mind vacations spent over miles of road. But with a new amenity at SonSet Solutions, the term “mobile home” (with an eye for ministry) might be more accurate.
We are grateful for the Lord’s provision through a generous local contractor, Bob Weaver of Anchor Construction, and some “in-house” contributors. An RV pad complete with electrical, water, and sewer lines, is now fully functional and able to accommodate trailers, campers, or motorhomes. This location is designed to provide those with a desire to use their God-given talents a place to literally “park and serve.”
SonSet Solutions’ President David Russell remarks, “Here in ‘the RV capital of the world,’ we are aware of the myriads of North Americans who, in their retirement years, travel about in RVs. Generous individuals have equipped us with parking and hookups for two RVs! Learn how you can serve as a working visitor at SonSet Solutions.”
There are now 7.4 billion people on earth and, surprisingly, 7.8 billion mobile device subscriptions. Globally, the net worth of mobile technology exceeds that of radio, television, the internet, personal computers, and landline telephones combined. A recent international media conference revealed that mission organizations around the world are using cell phones for distribution of audio Bibles, discipleship materials, evangelistic films, and Christian media apps.
SonSet Solutions is learning how to use mobile media for God’s kingdom. Social media can interact with an audience in a two-way conversation. MicroSD memory cards, used in many cell phones, can be loaded with Biblical content, and distributed in restricted countries. Even people living off the cell phone grid can download content onto their mobile device using a solar-powered Wi-Fi media server.
Mobile media is a break from our traditional ministry of supplying technology to partners for the advancement of the gospel. We are leveraging new technology for that same goal. Man has created a wonderful opportunity to communicate with the world in unprecedented ways. We can use that same technology to communicate the wonderful message of love and hope in Jesus.
Until recently, outsourcing the assembly of small quantities of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) which use surface mount components was costly. But with the purchase of new Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) equipment, multiple Engineering and Development project test boards can be prototyped in-house, including runs of 50 or even 100.
Though not fabricating the PCBs themselves, a vacuum pen allows placement of tiny SMT components onto the boards where they are held in place using a special paste. The board and components are then placed into a special oven and heated until the paste melts and permanently attaches the components to the PCB.
What used to take six hours now takes 45 minutes, and saves approximately $150 per hour. In addition, the flexibility of prototyping in-house PCBs provides a very practical tool.
Both Equipment Power Protection (EPP) and Water Monitoring have already taken advantage of the new equipment, but any project can benefit, such as the SonSet® radio. Over time, this equipment will more than pay for itself not just in time and funds but in helping to make equipment more efficient in reaching souls for God’s kingdom.
Have you ever tried to use two dimensions to determine distances in three? This was one of the challenges facing four of 23 college students who came to SonSet Solutions for their spring break last month. The Equipment Power Protection (EPP) device was created by SonSet Solutions to record erratic power fluctuations and protect equipment from these anomalies that occur in many parts of the world. Previously drawn in two dimensions, the students created a three-dimensional model of an assembled EPP to analyze the spacing of components. This helped the team discover problem areas and implement design changes. The improved unit is now better equipped to handle a variety of dangerous power fluctuations.
“Our program introduces college students to opportunities to use their growing skill set and gifting in ministry,” explains Scott McConnell our College Liaison and organizer of our spring break programs. Seven of the spring break students applied for summer internships. Their lives have been impacted by the spring break experience… and so have ours.
We often hear people say SonSet Solutions is “the best kept secret in Elkhart, Indiana.” While we are flattered with the compliment, we don’t want to be hidden. So, we are creating new opportunities to spread the word about the ministry.
Last year we began hosting informational desserts – a series of intimate gatherings with our friends and their invited guests. These times are for sharing stories about the ministry, making new friends and inspiring them to partner with SonSet Solutions.
In February, we invited some local pastors and their spouses to join us for lunch. We shared how God is using technology to advance the gospel worldwide, and how their churches can join with us through prayer.
Then in February, President/CEO David Russell embarked on a representation tour around the state of Florida. He had 19 opportunities to share about the ministry in just 10 days. Many of his contacts heard about SonSet Solutions for the first time.
We need your help to spread the news about the work God is doing through the ministry of SonSet Solutions. Please tell your friends and churches about us and come in for a tour. Together, let’s get the “secret” out!
The term “administration” can sometimes conjure up rather monotonous mental imagery of desks, paperwork, and slow-moving clocks. But when it comes to the Great Commission, there’s a notably different side not often seen.
With a team of four, our Donation Management Team processes all donations and receipts. January is an especially busy month. “This time of year is all go because we print and mail annual statements to all of our donors,” says Receipting Assistant Monique Peacock. “But it’s also very exciting because we’re reminded how many people partner with SonSet Solutions through faithful donations. God has really blessed the ministry!”
In 2016, over 6,900 financial gifts were given to SonSet Solutions for ministry and missionary support. The Lord’s provision through your generosity is amazing – not only allowing SonSet Solutions to operate, but enabling us to bless others. Our desire is to act as a pipeline between you and those whose hearts and lives are forever changed by the gospel of Christ. It’s a great blessing to see first-hand the generous hearts of those who give, eager to see God’s Kingdom grow and expand around the world.
SonSet Solutions provides satellite-based monitoring of clean water systems, but as improvements to the current monitor continue, new applications are being requested. Development is underway to adapt the monitor for an India Mark II style pump, the most widely used hand pump in the developing world. ELWA Ministries also approached us about a seven-fold increase, up to 36, in the number of sensors that can be used simultaneously for their hospital water supply system in Liberia.
Some partners are looking beyond clean water. Renew is interested in monitoring data from their Wifi enabled LightStream™ media distribution system so that they can determine the number of times audio Bibles, Jesus film clips, Christian videos, or other content has been downloaded to devices like mobile cell phones. I-TEC would like to monitor their solar energy systems, used for medical ministry. Our radio partners are also asking about monitoring their transmitters, which are often located on remote mountaintops.
As the need for remote monitoring increases, our team is committed to finding solutions to these challenging problems.
Our monitors will soon be tracking the flow of gospel media (Living Water) as well as clean water (H2O) for those who are spiritually and physically thirsty.