February 1st was the first anniversary date for our arrival in Kigali, Rwanda. It is also Hero's Day in Rwanda and a holiday.
On this special day, we had a special experience: a midnight flood.
Kristin was sick and was in bed around 10PM. I was working on computer. I heard a sound like shower, but I thought Kristin was taking shower and ignored it. After a while, I turned off the computer and headed to the bedroom. As soon as I started walking in the living room, I realized something was terribly wrong. I was walking in the water... all over the house. Living room, kitchen, hallway, bedroom, bathroom.
It did not take me very long to find the source of the noise. A flexible tube connecting water pipe to toilet was broken and water was gushing out of the tube, flooding the bathroom, spreading to all over the places in the house. There was no place in the house which was spared from the flood. It was a diaster.
The water stopped immediately when I turned off the water switch. But we had to labor for two and half hours to sweep and mop the water out of the house. The night guard for the apartment compound helped us out. It was a 50% increase in our labor force. Moreover, he was faster and harder working than we were.
By the time we laid ourselves down on the bed, we were exhausted. It was 30 minutes past the midnight. But we held our hands together and prayed. There were at least four reasons for us to be thankful for.
1) The flood happened while I was still awake. It would have been a greater disaster if it happened while both of us were sleeping. 2) Despite the flood, all electrical devices and outlets that were lying on the floor were kept from damage. Water got into a surge protector, but it did not create a short-circuit. Whew... 3) The night guard helped us out willingly and gladly. We were talking about God's presence even in the midst of such a mess, while working. and 4) The floor of the house is of tiles. So it was easier for us to sweep and wipe the water.
So we thanked God for the interesting experience we had on the first anniversary date of our Kigali life and laughed about it. It did not take us very long before we fell asleep. - Jeffrey