The Power of Love
East Wenatchee mission, volunteers come together to provide power to third-world community
Last updated 9/28/2023 at 12:01pm
In an 8-foot by 20-foot metal box near East Wenatchee, five men crowd inside to run electrical cables from one panel to another. They are finishing up a two-month project to electrify a small mission compound in Papua New Guinea some 6,800 miles away.
After they are finished, the container will be packed with 2,500 pounds of lithium-ion batteries and 67 solar panels then sent off on a 75-day cruise across the Pacific Ocean arriving in March to Mike and Ruth Butler's Friends in Action mission. The Butlers have a compound of seven buildings from which they support missionaries around the island.
Because the electrical grid is so unsteady in the country and a diesel generator expensive to run, the solar system will provide a continual stream of power to light the buildings and keep appliances operating. A group of 16 volunteers from East Wenatchee and the Pacific Northwest is building the unit called a PowerPac.
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