Some of you have heard all this before, but I know some of you have questions. We met with a lot of folks in person before we moved, but often felt like we did not get to cover everything. And of course, there were a few questions we did not yet even have answers for. Today I give you my attempt to fix that with a little FAQs post.
Is this a full-time job?
Yes, it is. Kevin is in the office 40 hours per week, just like any typical professional engineering job. We will spend a little time elaborating in a future post.
Why don't you get paid?
EMI is a non-profit that donates the services of architects, engineers, and surveyors to developing world ministries that cannot afford the thousands of dollars it would cost to hire a private professional firm in the US. Therefore, all EMI 100+ staff and interns worldwide (save for two administrative personnel) must raise their own financial support.
How often do you travel and where?
Project trips happen three times each year. EMI has done work with Christian ministries in over 90 countries in the developing world, so we could go just about anywhere a ministry has a need with no access to design professionals. A project trip usually involves about six or seven full (really full) days of work at the site, plus a rest day. Add in overseas travel time and we might be gone as long as two weeks.
Do the kids get to go on project trips?
Possibly, if we can jump through a few hurdles. The first is that the ministry we go to serve is responsible to feed and house us while we are in country. Obviously, that is a big financial commitment for them, given that most teams have at least eight people. If they even have room for "extras," we must consider whether or not it is wise to ask them to accommodate team members who are not actually contributing to the main body of work they need done. Beyond that, our family will then have to pay for the kids' airfare out of our own support so we have to wait upon the Lord's provision for that part. That said, we are all about taking them if we can. We firmly believe that foreign travel, especially that with service opportunities, is of great educational and spiritual value. When we find places where they can be of help to the team and the ministry we will always consider taking them.
How long do you plan to do this?
We made a standard three year commitment to EMI, but honestly, we would love for this deal to take us to the end of our useful working years. We intend to keep at it for as long as God makes it possible.
Have a question we still did not cover? Drop us a comment below.
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