Hi. Last Sunday, the drama team asked me if I could drive them to Fourou. Three men were being baptized. One of them accepted Christ when the drama team did evangelism at Bougani. He later moved to Fourou, and has been an active part of that church. He was being baptized, so the team wanted to be there to encourage him. They also prepared a special theatre peice to do for the people there.
So we loaded up the truck...
The baptism went just fine, and then the church had a nice meal prepared for us. We even ate twice. (After we finished eating the church food, a lady brought us another meal. She had been sick at the hospital in Kadiolo, and our church visited her and fed her, so she wanted to give us this meal gift as a thank you. So we ate again!!)Breakdown!
We started back to Kadiolo, but the truck began to sputter, and died. We've been struggling with a starter problem for a month or so now. The mechanic keeps fixing it, and the rough roads seem to joggle it loose again. Anyway, when the car died, we were'nt able to start it, so had to puch start it. We did this 3 times, later on down the road, about 20 min from Kadiolo, it died again, but this time it would not push start, so we sat down on the side of the road.
We had a motorbike accompanying us, because I didn't have enough seats for everyone. So we sent him on to Kadiolo to send our mechanic out to help us.
So we laughed and joked a lot while waiting for the mechanic to come.
I said, "you won't ask me for a ride again! This is my strategy, every time you ask me the car will break down!" They laughed and said "if you really had any strategy, you would have sent us out with your sick car and you would have stayed home, but look! You're sitting on the roadside along with us!"
Before too long, the mechanic came. I explained the symptoms, and he found a fuel hose that had come undone. Motors don't do too well without fuel! So he put it back together, and we drove into Kadiolo! The car is back to working again.
It was a joy to be broken down with good friends after a good day of ministry in Fourou.
Not the kind of day I'd planned, but great just the same.
Before you think I'm too spiritual, you should know that we do get stressed about things that don't work, and it is not pleasant to have your car break down on the side of the road.
And that my reaction is not always as "spiritual" as one should be.
But this day was so good at Fourou, and the company was so good, that God gave me a special grace, and we did enjoy the experience.
Thanks for stopping by!
Tom & Lisa Seward