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Woody and medical projects in Guatemala


A bridge?

Medical project?  Really?

I am not sure now how Kristopher Hatchell Consulting Engineer at Lipscomb University got Vine’s information but I received a note from our boss Woody Woodson to communicate with Kris.  We were going to ship bridge decking for a mission project for Lipscomb University, Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, Peugeot Center for Missions Projects.  (raised eyebrow, a shorter name would be good – evil grin. LU from now on).  Conversation by email begins.  Behind the scene I ask Woody how does one translate bridge decking into a medical project?  Vine International prettyOld Bridge much holds to its calling to support medical missions in Guatemala.  Well here is the old bridge.  This community is isolated from outside resources, grocery stores, medical facilities (Aha! the medical connection).  During the rainy seasons the bank on the left potentially will continue to fail and what is now unsafe would fail altogether.  And here in Guatemala some would use it until it failed with someone on it!

LU team engineered the bridge and the supports on either end.  Working with a local ministry Association ADICAY the base supports were poured before the team from USA arrived.  Meantime back in the USA, the team designing the structure decided on a reinforced plastic decking that needed shipping to Guatemala… Vine International handled the shipping.  With the scandals in government and customs in Guatemala, delays in port are the norm now.  It worked out that we were able to load the pallet of decking on ADICAY staff member pickup on Saturday morning and the team came on Sunday, work began on Monday.  Calling it that close gives us grey hairs!

bridge decking to CobanFrom here on it was out of our hands – we simply ship (smile).  Kris kindly kept us in the loop and sent us photos of completed project.

LU team worked with men and women of the local village and the ADICAY team.  Cindy and I love groups that include locals and build relationships like this team did.  Prayerfully some of those relationships will last, in a meaningful way, longer than the bridge.

So medical?  Bridge?  Really?  Yes really!  It opens the community to transportation to larger towns with medical resources.  Improves access to potable water and improve food supply for nutrition of children and adults.  We at Vine International look forward to ‘doing it again’!  Thanks Kris for thinking of us.

Here are photos of completed project.  The wooden scaffolding is not holding anything and will be torn down by the people in the village.

New Bridge - Success!

New Bridge – Success!

In Christ,

Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rich permalink
    22/05/2016 10:23

    Thanks for revealing that wooden scaffolding is not holding anything and will be torn down by the people in the village! When I saw this I thought, ‘OH MY, this isn’t good, using the old bridge as the foundation of the new one!”


  2. Richard Peugeot permalink
    26/05/2016 22:05

    Thank you for your interest in and involvement with the Peugeot Center’s latest truss bridge. I want to give you a little more information about the Center and its history.

    The Peugeot Center for Engineering Services to Developing Communities was established by Richard and Mary Ann Peugeot to oversee diverse engineering projects in communities in need. Our some thirty projects have included clean water, sanitation, solar power, radio communications and bridges. Our projects are funded by corporations, individuals and in-kind gifts. On a recent truss bridge project lightweight decking was needed. Because of my engineering ties with UT, I knew that John Tickel’s Strongwell Corporation made such decking, so I helped make the initial connection. The most recent bridge is the second one that the Peugeot Center has done using Strongwell decking. We hope there will be many more.

    The Peugeot Center projects are student led by Lipscomb engineering students, faculty, Lipscomb engineering graduates, and professionals. The projects are coordinated by Caleb Meeks and directed by Dr. Kerry Patterson of the Peugeot Center in conjunction with Lipscomb Missions. Kris Hatchell is an excellent example of a Lipscomb engineering graduate who upon graduation so strongly believed in engineering missions that he and his family lived in the remote Ulpan Valley in Guatemala where he oversaw several projects. Upon his return to Nashville and finding employment with a large engineering firm, he now consults for the Peugeot Center and still goes on mission trips with some of his professional colleagues.

    We greatly appreciate your enthuastic support of our continuing work. We typically do two or three projects a year in cooperation with in-country NGO’s (non governmental organizations). Each project typically requires about two years from concept to completion. We are currently considering additional projects in Central America and Africa.

    More information is available on our website at We appreciate your support!History at Lipscomb University maybe this sort of tied together

    Richard Peugeot


    • 27/05/2016 07:42

      I think it is safe to say that Vine International would love to work with y’all again if you come up with another project in Guatemala. Thanks for loving on the people here is such an awesome way.
      In Christ,
      Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon and the Vine family


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