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Changing Lives, One Skill At A Time

The Stories Within The Story

The Stories Within The Story

I’m sitting in a friend’s garden filled with beautiful South African flowers and a bunch of somewhat noisy birds. If you know my writing habits you’ll know I need absolute silence in order to concentrate. But that’s not going to happen, so count yourself lucky – it means this update will have more photos than words!

The story of Mercy Tech Mission continues. The newly completed maintenance shop in Mozambique has new customers from the surrounding community coming in for repairs and welding; Prosper is teaching his own class of automotive students; local churches have been visited, old friendships were renewed, and all around me local people tell me how their lives have been positively impacted by new skills that were shared with them in love. Over and over I was told how this “legacy” of knowledge will be passed down from them to their children. It was confirmation that lives can be changed one skill at a time, and that these changes will lead to many new stories in many other new lives.

Just last night I received an update on MTM’s training work in Mexico that illustrates some of the ‘stories within the story’:

Hi Rick,

Just wanted to connect and thank you again for the program you are doing here at Los Olivos teaching the guys. It has been most helpful. Because of the knowledge implanted by you and your team, (they are) taking on more initiative in maintaining the vehicles here. Besides regular maintenance, there have been a number of other issues come up, including faulty window mechanisms and fuel line and filter leaks, that have been fixed here rather than sourced out.

Be encouraged and keep up the good work.

Tomorrow I travel to Swaziland to explore how MTM can provide training assistance to an organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned children. Heart for Africa is an amazing work led by Ian and Janine Maxwell and if you haven’t already done so, please check out their video...

Thanks to all who have had a part in creating our story, a story of love being shared in practical ways. Your contributions and sacrifices are being remembered by many and not just remembered, but honored as well. As Red Skelton, one of my favorite comedians, used to say, “Good night, and may God bless.”

Rick Cogbill






















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