Monday was the scheduled day that 2 massive generators were to be delivered to Quiet Corner Camp. Monday came and went – no generators. Tuesday came and went -no generators. Wednesday came . . . the generators were on their way. We waited with excitement for these 2 ton giants to arrive. In preparation, a crane was also ordered to lift and place the generators on the designated cement slabs.
We waited all day. Due to travel delays, the driver notified us that he would not arrive at Quiet Corner until late Wednesday evening. His arrival was expected by 11:00 PM and the crane would arrive at that time also. Sal was excited to see the crane in action, but I could not stay up that late. I went to bed and woke up at 1:30 AM. Sal was not in our room. I opened my door thinking Sal might be sitting out on the patio. No Sal. I could hear voices and engines rumbling at the other end of the camp. The generators and crane had arrived! I grabbed a jacket and flashlight and made my way to the 13 men (which included Sal) who were shouting and directing the massive procession to the cement platforms. In just 30 minutes both generators were put in place.
Jungle nights belong to the animals. Monkeys are on the watch for predators. Elephants are searching for water. Deer and wild boar are grazing. But this night belonged to 13 men at 2 AM. Quiet Corner was not quiet. I wondered if the animals were as amused as I was with the men. They reminded me a bit of boys playing with Tonka trucks. But they got the job done. In the future, there will be no more days waiting for the electric current to be restored. The generators will kick in and life will continue uninterrupted.
I am writing this post from Bangalore. We returned here last night. We spent the morning in a long meeting with Thomas evaluating all that was happening during the conferences and school. We are also planning for future conferences and mission teams. The possibilities are endless and the need is great. By God’s grace we look forward to serving here in the future.