Stories

  • Equipped for Ministry

     “I don’t really like retirement parties, because I don’t want this to be about me. My desire is to bring glory to God,” expressed John Wineman at a recent retirement party. Bringing glory to God is what he has done in his 12 years of faithful service with SonSet Solutions.

    John and his wife, Carol Ann, were saved at age 30, and it was always their desire to serve God. They considered ministering in India, but their pastor cautioned against it. It would take years to learn the language and a lifetime to learn the culture. “Look for a position that will leverage the skills you have,” he advised.

    John’s expertise was in problem solving, team coordination, mentoring, and teaching, skills he gained through his work with two technical powerhouses:

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  • An “Incredibly Rewarding Experience”

    “What an incredible opportunity to integrate the Great Commission with the technical skills He has given me!”

    Noah Peternel, a summer intern from Grove City College, first heard of SonSet Solutions as a freshman engineering student at his college’s annual career fair. Watching a video of the gospel message paired with a clean water system in an African village grabbed his attention. Seeing joy reflected in the eyes of the villagers stirred his heart and filled him with a passion to be part of this endeavor.

    The following two years were filled with prayer, phone calls, and emails. At the end of his junior year of college, Noah was selected to become part of the very intern team at SonSet Solutions that he had “prayed oh-so-hard for” since his freshman year of college.

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  • Just Say “Yes!”

    I’ve wondered how I could get my family involved in Christian missions. Well, missionaries with SonSet Solutions visited our church and invited everyone to volunteer to test and prep a batch of solar-powered radios that are tuned to receive only the Christian radio stations in the particular country to which they are sent. The ministry was only 10 miles away, so we said “Yes” and signed up.

    When my wife, three young boys and I showed up at SonSet Solutions, we joined fellow church members around a makeshift “assembly line.“  Everyone was given a task – some tested radio reception, state of charge, and button function; another checked solar charge function; others added an instruction booklet, packaged and boxed the units… 300 in all headed for Burkina Faso.  My children enjoyed the idea of being part of an assembly line. We had a sense of satisfaction knowing we had helped in a small way with a project that has life-changing and eternal implications.

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  • God’s Plan Through the Twists and Turns

    Though the journey of life may seem like a series of random twists and turns, looking back we can sometimes see the hand of God steering us according to His perfect plan. Mathew’s life is an example of this.

    Mathew was born in 1968 in Kisii, Kenya, and was reared in a good Catholic family. After graduating from college in 1989 with a degree in sales and marketing, he volunteered part time at the Anglican Church Christian Community Services organization where his older sister worked. It was there that God brought him to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

    Several moves followed in the intervening years as Mathew got married, pursued jobs, sought better schools for his children, and fled tribal violence that saw their property burned to the ground. In 2008, God led him and his family to Kericho, Kenya, and to a warm, friendly church with solid teaching.

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  • The Solution Comes Back to CAR

    After many years of patience and perseverance, our work monitoring clean water wells has come full circle. Along the way, our effort to help one water ministry has benefited many others.

    This account goes all the way back to 2007, when a team of SonSet Solutions missionaries traveled to the Central African Republic (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 its people with messages about clean water, hygiene, farming, and, most importantly, God’s Word.

    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.

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  • He Offered His Hands

    Eyes brimming with tears and his face shining with genuine sincerity, he said, “I can work with my hands.” These were the words of Scott Kocher, volunteer at SonSet Solutions. He has, indeed, brought those very hands to work here. Scott reports, “I empty waste baskets, clean, do maintenance and have even gotten involved in assembling SonSetLink™ water monitors.” His love for God has given him a desire to help wherever needed.

    Scott’s story here began when his son suggested a tour of SonSet Solutions. Overwhelmed by the intricacy of the work he observed and the technical precision and overall ministry, he asked himself, “What could I do to be part of this work?” He offered his hands; God answered.

    Scott said, “My father was a man of few words, but he taught me to work.” Another person whose impact Scott cited was his mother-in-law who had come to America from Switzerland. Again tears started as he shared, “She didn’t know English, but knew the language of prayer. Faithfully, she prayed for her husband to know the Lord. He did eventually become a believer and pastor. She carried a love for God and a positive attitude throughout her life.”

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  • Impacting Thousands One Individual at a Time

    Marriages struggle in many societies, but in the strongly male-dominated society of Papua New Guinea, marriages face increased challenges. Jane’s (name changed) marriage had been plagued with affairs and threats of violence. With a small financial gift and a request to pray for her marriage, Jane contacted Wantok Radio Light (WRL), a radio ministry started with the help of SonSet Solutions. Rebecca, who served at WRL, called Jane to pray for her over the phone. She encouraged Jane to fast and pray for three days and Rebecca would do the same. Rebecca reports, “At the end of three days, she said her husband saw in a dream the cross of Jesus with blood dripping off of it. He knew it was because of his sin that Jesus died. He asked forgiveness of his wife and gave his life over to Jesus to change him…. Now their marriage is strong, and they are strong in the Lord.”

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  • Sweeter Than Honey

    Sweeter than honey in the honeycomb, indeed! The Word of God can now be heard in this town that is famous for the honey it produces. Radio Uhai FM broadcasts from Tabora in western Tanzania reaching perhaps a quarter of a million listeners. Radio programming features gospel music and teaching from the Word of God in the Swahili language.

    Khadija, who was spiritually lost, was sick in bed. He listened to the radio to fill the quiet hours. Hearing a pastor on Radio Uhai, he picked up his phone to request prayer and healing. The pastor prayed for Khadija live on the air and the next day he felt much better! Amazed at what he had heard and seen, he immediately went to the pastor’s church and gave his life to Christ.

    Magreth, a Christian, was concerned about her unbelieving children. A pastor on Radio Uhai encouraged her to begin fervently praying for them. One month later the children began listening to the radio with her and asked to go to church where they accepted Christ and were baptized.

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