Sunday, February 22, 2009

Power & Generators

This past week, the generators in town all broke at the same time.
The one that was working was shut off to have a service done on it.
It usually takes about half an hour and then they turn it back on and
we have power again. This time, when they finished the service they
couldn't get it started. So, we had no power for about 30 hours.
That may not seem bad to those of you caught in the recent power
outages in the Eastern U.S. I understand you had power out for a
number of days in freezing cold weather. However, don't forget that
this is the hottest time of year here. It is over 100 most days in my
house. That means that anything you have in a freezer is going to
thaw and start to go bad. It also means no fans to help with the
heat. Thankfully, I do have a working generator for times like
these. They don't happen real often, but when they do, it is good to
have a back up system.
Life is like that too, don't you think? Some people don't have
a back up system. They have nowhere to turn when trouble comes their
way. I am thankful for the Lord who is always there no matter what is
going on in my life. He is the true power and generates true life.
Have a great day as you think on these things!

Friday, February 13, 2009

difficulties & grace

Hello! Well, I had to go to the local police station last night. One
of our drivers had been arrested. He had been out in the bush and had
just come back to town. The police pulled him over to check all the
stickers. One was expired. It was for the vehicle insurance. He
called and had someone bring the new sticker. We had just gotten them
while he was out in the bush so he hadn't had time to get the new one
put in place.
The police were still not satisfied. They were holding him and the
vehicle. So, he called me and asked me to come see if I could help.
I don't know that I really helped, except that they did let him go
home. They kept the vehicle and were not willing to drop any charges
even though they knew the insurance was valid in spite of what the
sticker on the truck window said. The new sticker had been produce
within an hour of his being stopped, but to them, an offense was still
committed because he had an invalid sticker on the window. They were
looking for a little something for their pockets and were not going to
give in. So, I tried to remind them that I am a missionary and I
cannot give small gifts. I acknowledged that the sticker was invalid
but that the insurance was not. I asked for a little mercy for our
vehicle and driver. They were not willing to give it. They did
finally let the driver go home for the night. The vehicle stayed
until this morning. The driver returned and had to pay a bail of
about $30 and he will have to go to court sometime next week. So,
that is the story so far.
I am so glad we serve a God who gives grace and mercy in abundance
when we acknowledge our offenses/ sins and ask for his grace. This
incident serves to remind me again to give thanks. It also reminds me
that I am not very good at talking to the police because I get angry
at their attempts to get bribes. They see anger as disrespect -
especially from a woman - and that doesn't help the problem. So, I
continue to ask God to help me with that and am thankful that he
forgives and that He works within us to change us if we let him. Just
some thoughts from this remote part of Kenya. Blessings!