Sometimes there are moments where you feel like you stepped through into another weird and unreal dimension. You know what I mean?
As I was driving towards Butha Buthe this morning there was a taxi driving real slow in front of me. Every now and again it would veer sharply into the oncoming lane, drive on the wrong side of the road for a while, and then just as unpredictably swing back. The driver did this quite a few times, but since I was in no hurry I kept way back and tried to figure out what was going on. But then they slowed down to near walking speed and by then I was ready to race past and get as far as I could from this accident waiting to happen.
Just as I was coming up to overtake, the guy moved to the middle of the road swung back and stopped dead, blocking the road completely. At the same time the rear doors flew open and all 4 guys jumped out. I did not wait to find out what was going on but floored the gas and drove by on the dirt shoulder, stones and dust flying!!
I was sure this was a car jacking going down, and fully expecting them to jump back in their car to chase me down, I watched them in my mirror, but strangely they just stood there next to their car, in the middle of the road, with doors all open, looking as confused as I was…
So after this bit of excitement we were able to buy (hopefully) the last batch of cement to finish John’s house and its floors.
Buying cement is always an amusing activity. I always ask John how many bags we would need and then add 10-20 more. Every time we end up just short. For his house he says we need 10 more bags. So this afternoon they delivered 20 bags for his house and another 20 for the new daycare just down from Matlakeng (we need to give it a name at some stage). People from that village have been collecting stones to increase the size of their daycare and it was a good opportunity to get the cement to our building so it is there when they need it.
We also ordered another 3000 bricks that I trust will take his building to roof level.
The church the container is sitting at, at least agreed today that we can continue with the project on their premises. Right in the beginning we agreed that we would work together on the feeding program, but about 2 months ago they wanted us to pay both for keeping the container on their premises and for people to help. Me and John started looking for alternative places to put the container, and I was ready to move it off their premises. Today though we came to an agreement that will benefit both of us and won’t drain our funds too much…so the project can continue again.
Sometimes these hold ups can take the wind right out of your sails, but praise God for answered prayers, we are on the move again!!