The Fire!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dear Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I write the events of last week. We have been having power rationing lately because of a major issue with one of the electrical generators running the whole system. Last night was spent mostly in the dark, but at around bedtime the power returned, but was spiking at nearly double the normal output. Don shut off our breaker. An hour later, we were all trying to sleep, but I smelled something burning. It was like a nightmare. The guard came knocking on our window the same time that Don was getting dressed to see what the problem was.

Don and Paul went next door to our office and the door to the main computer hub was glowing orange. Paul and Don both thought it was a lost cause. Don kicked down the door and all of us started frantically doing everything we knew to get the fire put out. Only 2 of 5 of the fire extinguishers worked. We had to carry hundreds of buckets of water by flash light into the smoking and burning building. The main fire was in the ceiling where the electical wiring is.

It took over 2 hours of hard work to put out the blaze. In the end, Egon and Hannah and Hefel had joined our fight. We called it a night at 1:00 a.m. It was horrific.

Today, we looked at the damage. Had we not reacted as quickly as we did there would only be cement blocks left. It looks like our computers made it and we were busy moving the office to the old Bible College classroom. I don't do stairs, so my office is now located in our apartment.

We are all exhausted today. Don and the team leave tomorrow for Perimiho and Madaba crusades. They will be on the road for 19 days. Please pray for them. Pray for the move to go well. We need to replace the whole network. I am using Paul's internet. The office has no internet service, until we get everything re wired and set up again.

That means I don't have internet access at home either.

I am eating more comfort food than normal, but I have to say I am being reasonable- most of the time.

No electricity all weekend. We are using a generator for a few hours.

Sorry this is so choppy. I am trying to write as fast as I can, so that I can catch up on all the mail.
God bless,
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    Hi Mary,

    I just read your blog and I am so sorry about the fire and what was lost in the fire. Praise God that no one was injured or worse. Our God is faithful and He will provide all your needs. I will be praying for you and for Don as he is on the crusades.

    May God richly bless you and Don and the work you are doing!

    4278 days ago
    Chin up, my friend. This, too, shall pass. As long as everyone survived the fire, nothing else matters. As far as the internet, well, that will work out in time. We are all here supporting you, even if you can't connect with us right now. You, a woman of such faith, knows that you needn't see the love and support to FEEL it and know it is there. Be well, we are in your corner.
    4285 days ago
  • KAY_1952
    Mary I'm so glad to hear that no one was hurt in the fire. You are all in my prayers. Stay safe and know we are all there for you! Kay
    4285 days ago
  • CINCIN65
    I'm so sorry for all your troubles right now. Be happy you are around people that help and react to a bad situation.
    Stay strong in the healthy eating habits, you've come so far. We will be here when you return.
    Until then, may god watch over you all.
    Much love and prayers.

    4285 days ago
    Dear Mary and Don,

    I am so sorry for the fire and anguish you had to go through. It sounds like a very tense situation. I sure I wouldn't nor anybody else would want to go through that.

    I will pray for DOn on his traveling and pray for you so you can stay on track with your goals.

    I hope that you do better and get some rest too.

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    4286 days ago
    Mary - I'm so sorry to hear about your misfortune but very happy the hear that no one was injured. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    Sending lots of love and hugs your way! Stay strong.

    4286 days ago
    Mary - So glad no people were hurt in the fire and you saved as much as you could!

    I am sure the next month will be stressful for you and you must forgive yourself if you don't follow every standard of your plan along the way. There are just some times in LIFE when you really have to have that big bowl of soup to remind you of being a child or that chocolate to remind you of Chirstmas and how happy that season is!

    Remember part of getting through this will be maintaining your sanity. If you feel like the comfort food is too much. maybe runnig around your house (walking fast!) would be good.

    I pray for you, Don and all who are traveling.

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    4286 days ago
    I'm so sorry! I pray that God will give you peace as you keep your mind focused on Him.
    4286 days ago
    Oh my. I'm just happy to hear that you're all ok.
    4286 days ago
    So sorry to hear. You are in my prayers.
    4286 days ago
    Praying for you and for your husband as he travels.

    4286 days ago
    OH No!!! Hang in there!!! You're in my prayers.
    4287 days ago
    Mary-- praying all comes back to NORMAL soon. praise God that nobody was injured.. things can be replaced, people can not! emoticon
    4287 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    You know I am praying for you friend.
    4287 days ago
  • ASMPP1
    Thankfully, all of you are fine. Loss is difficult to handle. You and yours are in our prayers.
    4287 days ago
    Mary, you are in my prayers and will continue to be!!!

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  • JIBBIE49
    I'm thankful that none of you were injured or killed in the fire. emoticon
    4287 days ago
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