Gilead, Amman, Jordan
see what we do as our calling - using our skills, talents
and abilities to help build a better world. Designing mechanical
systems is not just a 40 hour per week activity to make
money. Whether it is designing mechanical systems for Habitat
for Humanity houses, Young Life projects, or other ministries,
this is our way of sharing the love of Christ and making
the world a better place for others.
The EMI Team for this project
2001, Roger Griffith, in conjunction with Engineering
Ministries International, traveled to Amman, Jordan to
help design a Christian conference center for the Manara
Ministries. The organization is a Christian ministry in Jordan
that reaches out to the community through summer camps, day-care
facilities, relief to the poor, and providing educational
material to people throughout the Middle East. Their vision
is to build a place in the beautiful mountains of Gilead
near their summer camp where Christians from all over the
Middle East can come for retreats and conferences. The team
has returned to their regular jobs and commitments, but the
design phase for the conference center is ongoing and expected
completion is summer 2004.
mechanical systems in other nations and cultures is a challenging
experience. Time is required to find out about local methods
and equipment. For example, in Amman, water is very scarce.
The public water system only provides water to any given
area for a few days each week. For this reason, all buildings
have water storage tanks on the roof. Additionally, the design
of sanitary sewer systems is also affected by this water
our thinking to different cultures is vital to providing
help to others. It also brings new insights and new ways
of looking at old problems.
in Tennessee or around the world, the goal is the same - "Building
a Better World - By Design".