Sunday, November 11, 2007

God's Protection in a very strange way

Deuteronomy 31:6 Do not be afraid or terrifed because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

I had been studying 1 Samuel before I went on my walk so I am not sure why I had written these verses down before I went for my early morning walk in our neighborhood. I had gone 15 min. out so that I would have a 30 min. walk. As I walked I sang the above verses. I didn’t meet many people so I really didn’t really care what they thought as I walked with my cell phone in one hand to keep track of the time (my watch had bit the dust several months ago and I have gotten along without it.) I prayed as I walked. I went near Nuhu’s house. He is Burkina Faso for some training so I prayed for his wife and daughter who are here alone during his absence. Then I turned and went down by one of our translator’s home. I prayed for them as well. I continued in front of our receptionist’s house. I prayed for her and continued back to my house. I had to be back in time to get things in the car to go to SIL. We had a Day of Prayer planned and I needed to be there at 8:00 a.m. to get the prayer requests out and make sure my part in the day was ready.

When I got back from my walk Milton was just beginning to get ready. He wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t sure if he would be ready to go on time for me to get there at 8:00. So I decided to put most of my stuff in the car except for my bag, my water, and my cell phone. I wanted to time my walk to the center.

I took off knowing I had plenty of time to walk this short distance. I took off in the direction of the local junior high. As I walked by I saw some girls snickering and laughing and it seemed they were laughing at me. I wasn’t sure why as I was modestly dressed (no head covering but in this area it wasn’t necessary.) I couldn’t figure out what they had found so funny but I kept walking. (Maybe it was my new black CROC sandals I was wearing!) As I got to the back wall of the Nigerian Embassy I made a decision to cut across a millet field. The millet has been harvested already so there were only small stalks in the field. As I walked across the field following a path made by others, I noticed a boy of about 11 or 12 walking parallel to me on my left. I had my cell phone in the stop watch mode in my right hand and I had my carry-all bag on my left shoulder. I asked him, “What are you doing!” He repeated, “What are you doing.” He had a weird look in his eyes like some of the crazy people we see around town. He put his hand into his pocket and he pulled out a sling shot. He had it loaded and aimed at my head! “Give me your cell phone!” I said, “No, I’m not giving you anything!” “Give me your cell phone!” “NO!” I didn’t want to do anything that would cause this boy to get violent. But I wasn’t about to give him the team leader cell phone either. I began to call someone at the SIL center and all I got was “Your person is not available!” By this time the boy just kind of disappeared and I kept walking until I got to the paved road. All I could do was thank the Lord for his protection. Soon I was at the Center safe and sound! As I have shared this story with others I have had various reactions! “You should have just slapped him!” “That way is a dangerous way.” “There are lots of little cell phone thieves around. You shouldn’t carry your cell phone in plain sight.” Milton even said, “I never go that way when I am walking to the center. I always try to stay on the main road where I can be seen.” “Take a big stick with you the next time.”

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