By Brandon Hall
While all our interns pride themselves on making a difference over the summer, not many can claim to impact hundreds of millions of lives in their few months here. Then again, most of them aren’t climbing hundreds of feet into the air and helping to install a 200,000-watt transmitter that will reach the entire country of Nigeria. Joseph Clemmer has that unique opportunity!
Joseph is in his fourth year of studying Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (Go Rams!). While the difference in climate between his hometown of Greeley, Colorado, and his workplace at the West Africa Transmitting Station (WATS) has been an adjustment to say the least, he’s excited to be doing his part in the Great Commission.
Q: How did you hear about TWR?
The traveling team came to my campus and connected me with TWR.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship at TWR specifically?
The vision of TWR and the idea of playing a part in the Oasis project inspired me to pursue this internship.
Q: What do you feel your calling is, and how does this summer fit into that?
My calling is to love God, love people and spread the gospel — whether through the avenue of engineering or not. This internship allows me to be a part of the gospel’s advance to a new region of the world.
What led you to choose to serve in West Africa?
It’s where real interns go! There was a need for a mechanical engineer here, and I was excited to see how I could help.
Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on over the summer?
The Oasis project is the biggest priority for our team. Getting the new 200,000-watt radio transmitter at this station up and running is what we will be doing for the majority of the summer.
Q: What challenges have you faced so far in your internship, and how have you overcome them?
One of the most significant challenges has been the language barrier. The official language in this area is French (though there are also other tribal languages). Communicating with the local staff has not been easy, but I have enjoyed speaking with the few French words I know and understanding the English words and phrases they know. We aren’t having philosophical debates yet, but we get by just fine.
Q: What are you looking forward to learning or doing during your time here?
I am excited to learn about radio transmitters. Their operation and maintenance are largely unknown to me, so I know I’ll be gaining a lot of knowledge.
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
I would like to design machines. That’s a rather vague answer, but I really don’t have a solid plan yet. I’m focusing on this summer and trusting God with what will happen after I graduate.
Q: What’s a fun or unusual fact about yourself?
Two of my friends and I once finished a 28-inch pizza in a night!
Brandon Hall is a 21-year-old writer from central North Carolina living in and only by the grace of God. Born with a passion for communication and the arts, his outlets include creative writing, musical theater and competitive speech and debate. He is currently a junior at Regent University pursuing a major in Communication Studies.