Trip Start Mar 14, 2013
20Trip End Apr 05, 2013
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On my way out to the garden for breakfast at 8:00, I stopped to look at the monkeys and
We discussed how the Church can realistically help them. I’ll be giving give them a little "scholarship money" to help pay school fees. We also talked about how we can continue to meet their spiritual needs from afar. This is not an easy situation, but the discussion was very helpful all around.
We finished about noon and they left for work. I had a light lunch, a quarter of a small roasted chicken and fries.
At 2:00 pm two young men whom I've been counseling for baptism arrived. We picked up where we left off last time, and had an in-depth discussion of the annual festivals taught in the Bible and how they underline different steps in the master plan of salvation. It’s part of believing the gospel.
We went until 4:00 pm and I gave them some homework and said I would see them again tomorrow. I gave them copies of our new booklets, one of which covers the festivals, to aid in their study.
I had an early dinner, and when I got back to my room, the air conditioner was making loud rattling noises and there was water all over the floor underneath it. I went to the front desk to let them know, and they called a technician. He looked around inside and out and found that the unit has frozen outside. Just turn it off until it melts he said. So I sat in the room with no air conditioning and hoped it would melt quickly. The room steadily heated up. At 10:30 pm I tried the air conditioner to see if it was working. No go, still frozen.
I went to the front desk and asked if they had another room I could use so I could go to bed. I wouldn't sleep through the night with no air. “We usually only do room changes during the day” I was told. I insisted, and finally an employee took another key to another room and we went for a look. The windows were broken and wouldn't stay closed. That wouldn't work. Strangely, everyone seemed surprised, as if they didn't know anything about the state of each room.
They found another key, this time to room 12. The air worked, but the halogen floor lamp did not. The technician tilted it over and looked closely: no bulb. He went to another room and brought a replacement lamp – but didn't test it. Later I realized it didn't have a bulb in it either. At least the two bedside lamps worked, or so I thought. As I was getting settled in the room, with no warning the light bulb in the lamp on the left side of the bed suddenly exploded. All the lights went out.
In the dark, I found my camera bag and pulled out the little flashlight I keep there for such times. I walked to the front desk and explained the problem. They called the technician back. When he arrived, he needed to borrow my flashlight, he didn't have one. He checked the lamp, unplugged it and unscrewed the ruins of the bulb and then left (with my flashlight) to check something outside the room. Back in the dark I pulled my backup, backup flashlight out of my shaving bag and waited. He came back with a broom. He first swept up the glass shards around the night stand, and then went to the closet. Leaning inside backwards, he reached up with the broom handle to turn a circuit breaker back on. It is located just below the 10 foot ceiling in what is probably the most inaccessible spot in the room. I wonder who thought that up.
So at 11:30 at night I am left in a room where one small light on the night stand works, that’s all. No other light; the TV doesn't work, and there likely won’t be any hot water tomorrow, but the air conditioning works, and that’s most important for a night’s sleep. The rest we’ll try to work out tomorrow.