MTM Director Rick Cogbill talking with staff of Mercy Air
Director and Founder: Mercy Tech Mission was founded by Rick Cogbill, a licensed automotive technician and former shop owner.
Rick is also an author and humor columnist.
monthly column The Car Side has appeared in national automotive trade journals across Canada since 1998.
currently writes for Canadian Technician magazine, as well as Tire Review
, a publication for tire shops in the United States.
Rick Cogbill Turkana District, Kenya
Africa; the early years: Rick
wife Nan first went to Africa in 1985, where they spent two years working in Northwest Kenya among the Turkana tribe.
oversaw all vehicle maintenance and repair for an ongoing building and relief project operated by Africa Inland Mission (AIM).
During that time Rick
local staff the basics of mechanical repair and maintenance.
experienced first-hand the impact of helping local workers learn a trade, and how such training increased their ability to provide for themselves and their families.
Upon returning to Canada, Rick
own automotive repair business, which he
operated for many years before selling it in 2000 to focus on his
Back to Africa: In the spring of 2010, Rick returned to Africa, this time to Mozambique, where he spent a month working at ASAM, a Canadian missionary organization based near Chimoio. (You can read about Rick's trip in this blog)
Rick Cogbill repairing a generator in Mozambique
During that time, Rick
repaired a number of vehicles, generators and motorcycles, all the while teaching his
assigned helpers the basics of automotive mechanical repair.
It was during this trip that the vision for Mercy Tech Mission
Over the next three years, Rick
teams made an additional 4 trips to Mozambique.