Monday, October 22, 2007

Batteries not fuel lines and orphans...

Today after meeting with a pastor, I got in my car and realized that I had left a light on and the battery was dead. Hmmm... What to do in the middle of a compound? They tried pushing, 5 guys trying to push this huge car. Finally, they got it up on to the street, but on a flat road, I just couldn't get it going fast enough. It was funny how one guy was trying to give me advice on how to turn the key while it was going. He had never driven car and didn't really know that turning the key while pushing it won't start it. Pretty soon a hord of african guys are all out giving their advice on what is wrong. I know that it is the battery. I try calling all my teammates. Nothing. Pretty soon one guy is saying we need to prime the pump. So they remove the fuel lines and try sucking the gas from the tank to get it pumped. One young guy got a mouth full of gas. It all happened so fast. I kept trying to tell them it was just the battery but they were like no, its the fuel thing. Meanwhile, I am in the middle of the street, a compound this flanked by an outdoor market, a bar and a main walk way. I felt safe because of the pastor and his friends, but just, well, I guess just the center of attention. Finally, I got a hold of a team member, and the two wonderful ladies brought their car and jumper cables out and saved the day. I guess just one more crazy adventure of living in Africa. And, I thought well this is embarassing sharing this with ya'll, but you know, it's life. I gotta share the good with the bad. And though I was late for my date night, I did have some more good time with the Pastor from Chaisa. The son graduated from school and is having a hard time finding a job. The unemployment is just very difficult. He has a heart for orphans and so he just started a community school in his dad's church for the oprphans in the area. He is the lone teacher for 160 kids right now, kids that without him, don't have a school they can go to. He teaches 40 at a time. I will be going on Friday to observe and we are hoping to partner with them in just being a resource... Pray for Robert and for us as we figure the best way to come behind them and help them...

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