Things That Go Bump In The Night…

We have had an interesting 24 hours. Last night, after Trudy had gone to bed and I was just about to get in, we heard a loud series of crashes which gave us quite a start. It only took a moment to realize that the mirror and attached shelf in our bathroom had fallen. When we turned the lights on we found quite a mess, with shattered glass all over. Fortunately, none of the glass hit us and we were able to clean it up with only one small cut. We were very grateful that it happened when it did. Had we been in the bathroom at the time, the outcome would have been much different. As it turns out, the string (who knew you could hang a mirror with a string tied between two nails?) holding the mirror had given way leading to the mirror’s demise.

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A few hours later, sometime around 6 this morning, we heard a very loud and somewhat heated argument outside. Turns out one of the other tenant’s was having an argument with someone over money. It did not last too long, and we needed to get up anyway…

Towards the end of church there was a series of loud noises and then some commotion at the back of the big room that serves as our chapel and then as classrooms. It appears that over time the fill material under a portion of the tile floor had settled or been undercut somehow, leaving the tiles without proper support. Something triggered a sudden shift in the tiles and a fair sized portion of our once smooth floor was now not so smooth with a few tiles lifted, broken or pushed down. Again, the timing was a blessing as earlier in the day we would have had some infants or toddlers sitting or lying on the floor in that area. I guess it is just another welcome to West Africa kind of day!

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