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Update from India : Friday, May 2

Friday, May 2, we awoke in Kohima anticipating a 2 hour trip to Dimapur for breakfast with a donor and Baptist layman followed by a 4 hour trip to Guwahati, arriving back at the CBC offices by 4:00 pm.  Events of the day, however, reminded us of the mantra, Be Flexible. 

A firefight between insurgents and the army on Thursday left two rebels dead and the insurgents declared they would close the road we were scheduled to take back to Guwahati.  The announcement said the insurgents would feel free to fire on vehicles taking that specific road, our planned route.  So from Dimapur, Steve, Dr. and Dr. Lama and I took the 7 hour route back to Guwahati rather than the 4 hour route. 

On the extended trip we went through the national wildlife refuge and saw 8 of the very rare and reclusive black rhinos.  Nice.  The car however broke down and we sat beside the road at a shade tree mechanic's shop for 3 hours while Raj Goodwrench performed his miracles.  It was amazing to watch him take the engine apart, find the malfunctioning washer for the timing belt, remove it and try to fabricate a new one from the broken parts.  He was a master with a wrench (no power tools) a welder and a grinder.  After watching his artistry, we got back on the road only to travel about one hour before the timing belt broke. By now it was dark. 

Dr. Lama had previously called two of his drivers who were enroute from Guwahati with a new vehicle and we waited only one hour beside the road until they arrived.  After swapping all our luggage and stuff to the new vehicle, we left the two drivers in the dark with the broken vehicle as they awaited the tow-truck.  We made it back to CBCNEI by about 10:30 pm.  The drivers got back to CBC about 3 a.m. this morning after leaving the broken vehicle at the dealer's. 

We made no speeches on Friday but saw lots of goodness in action.  Lessons:  One shade-tree Indian mechanic is a brilliant tradesman.  Indian Christians love and appreciate Dr. Lama.  People want to help.  Travelers must have patience.  Evil upsets many systems. 

Jerry and Steve

Posted by Kelsey Adams at 1:37 PM
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