Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rain and Robbery

This week the rainy season started in earnest.  It wasn't too bad until Friday morning when the power was off from 4:00 am until about 6:30 am.  You need to realize that similar to Holland, Guyana is below sea level and the land was reclaimed from the sea by Hollanders 200 years ago.   They created a  great drainage system and built an amazing sea wall that is still in use today.  Unfortunately, not all of the people in Georgetown keep their ditches clean so it doesn't always drain like it should.  Our system in Lamaha Gardens is drained by an electric pump which works great as long as the power is on.
Well, On Friday morning the rain just poured down and our area flooded all over the roads and into many yards because the power was off, so the pump wasn't working for a couple of hours.  We have some cement build up around the house so we didn't get rain into the house, but our yard and driveway were flooded.  We took a walk in the middle of it and drenched ourselves in water up to our ankles.  That was a pretty dumb thing to do, because the water in the ditches is pretty polluted with sewage. 

What has that to do with robbery?  We, it seems that in the middle of that rainy night, someone decided to climb over our fence and steal our two white lounge chairs.  That had to be quite a task for them, since the circular barbed wire had to be cut and they had to wade through the ditch behind our fence to get to our yard in the first place.  We had other things in our yard which were more valuable but they were not touched, like Elder Beutler's running shoes and our garden equipment.  It just seemed like a lot of trouble for someone to go through just to get two $5 lounge chairs.  I  couldn't help but think that thieves have to live in fear all of their lives.  Ironically, I reread Elder  Robert C. Gay's conference talk, entitled "What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?" the next day.  

Today, Elder Beutler was able to baptize two people, Paul and Carla Ramsaywack.  We met them on a ferry on the way home from Suriname last month.  They are in their early fifties and have a daughter and her two children living with them.  The grandchildren love going to Primary and their daughter is a beautiful little mother who is trying to put her life together after having been in an abusive marriage for several years.  It has been so rewarding to know them.  They have a lot of compassion and love to give to others.

One of the real rewards which we have discovered here is that there are so many people who are so unselfish with their means.  They are people who don't have a lot but they share what the have with us.  There is an auto-mechanic who also has a small dairy.  When we have him fix one of the mission cars, he always gives us some of his raw milk from his dairy.  There is another family who owns a bakery.  We buy treats there sometimes and she always puts rolls or a loaf of bread in the bag for us to share with the elders. One last example,  we had a tire that was almost flat and a taxi driver past us on the road and stopped us to tell us that it was flat.  Then a bus driver had us follow him to the nearest tire repair shop to get it fixed.  That was a real sacrifice of time for those people who are usually in such a big hurry to get their customers where ever they need to go on time.  So we are finding many friends in our little corner of the mission here.

Amy,  we hope that you are making your adjustment to your new area quickly.  With Christmas coming soon, we hope that you make lots of good contacts to share the gospel with during the season.  We love all of you and hope that you have a great month of celebrating with your families and friends.  Love from Elder and Sister Beutler

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