Design Drawings for East Africa [Kira Farm Development Centre]

When I was an intern based in Engineering Ministries International‘s Kampala, Uganda field office I worked on a series of master plans and concept designs for a variety of local churches, ministries and international faith-based relief organizations throughout East Africa. Our project team of itinerant architects, surveyors, and engineers would arrive together at a new place, soak up the local building traditions and daily rituals of our clients, and then commence designing. This often happened in a makeshift room on an uneven table surface with a generator providing unreliable power for our arsenal of laptops and travel printers.

Our job on site was to stitch together on paper the dreams and (sometimes sprawling) visions of our clients. These were passionate people who dreamed big dreams. In their own ways and through their own earthy callings they longed to see nothing less than the total healing of a broken world. They took the Great Commission seriously. They believed that the meek were blessed and would inherit the earth.

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Exploring Luxury in the Hotels of Peru and Ecuador [Part 1: Introduction]

Luxury is a word that used to unsettle me.

I used to think pursuing it was only about the showing off of power and wealth through excessive and wasteful life choices. I used to think that luxury only meant things like gold plated Hummers and recreational rhinoceros hunting and mansions with TVs on every wall and ceiling. It does still include all of that unfortunately. But in recent years I’ve had some unusual experiences and I’ve ended up in some unexpected places, and I’ve grown to understand that there is also a truly noble and worthwhile kind of luxury out there that follows a completely different agenda.

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