Christmas Challenge 1

By: Ely Lagajino

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV)

While studying at PUC-Naga View Campus, I applied as a motor pool student assistant. During my first day of duty, a man from the barrio requested to overhaul a 16-horsepower generator used to power the sound system and lights. My work supervisor accepted the request as part of the free community extension service. We went to their house, and he dismantled the machine while instructing me to clean each dismantled part.

Later he found out that the piston and piston rings needed replacement. The owner, however, had no budget to purchase a new one, so we placed the engine parts in a big basin and told the owner to notify us when ready.

Two months passed- no news about the repair. Meanwhile in the campus, students and faculty went for a Christmas vacation, including my supervisor, but he asked me to stay in the motor pool.

Late in the afternoon of December 23, the man from the barrio came with a new piston and piston rings; he requested me to assemble the Briggs and Straton by tomorrow, because the young people will use it for the Christmas program in the evening. I became speechless as the man left… I thought of the heavy load on my shoulders, for I have never experienced overhauling a generator before, worse is assembling a dismantled engine. I prayed, earnestly, to God for help and a miracle.

While thinking of a solution, I saw an old worn out lawnmower powered by a 2 horsepower Honda engine. It might help although Honda is a four-stroke engine while the Briggs was only a two-stroke.

I detached the machine and started dismantling it as I wrotea step by step list with a drawing of each part. By four o’clock in the morning, I successfully dismantled and assembled the enginefour times.

It pays to learn a new skill and to do extra work to serve.     If only I knew, I should have learned to overhaul generators for the past two months. (To be continued)

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