We are very pleased to finally be settled in our rental home and even more pleased with the delightful chilled air that rushes from the AC vents. Such luxuries are not to be assumed in a country such as India. On the 3rd day after our arrival, we were told that the AC had been installed and our home was finally ready. Susan was busy at the school so Justin agreed to help me. Justin and I established a strong friendship my first year in India and his many roles at Acts of Mercy includes caretaker at Achiever Academy and jack-of-all trades for Acts of Mercy. Most importantly, he is our cheerful and beloved friend. With his typical big smile, Justin helped me load the 3 large bags, the audio-mixer box, and the 2 carry-on bags for what I hoped was the last time. We headed north out of Mahab toward what we now consider to be our home in India.
When we arrived, I took a quick glance around and was pleased with how clean things seemed. (Remember this is a man’s view.)......
bug spray, and a few staples to get us through the night, including Corn Flakes and milk for breakfast. We left the store with three bright yellow bags suspended on the handle of our new broom slung over my shoulder. Next, we collected our housewares from last year that had been stored by Acts of Mercy, shopped for additional items, purchased a 5 gal bottle of drinking water for about .60 cents, and headed back to get settled.
By this time, we were both very hot and sweaty and looking forward to cooling off in our newly installed AC so I decided that I would first turn on the AC unit and start cooling things down. When I checked it out I found that the AC unit had indeed been installed i the wall but the power cord was dangling against the wall and the end had three bare wires. This is not how I would typically define the word "install"! However, I was able to stick the wires in the outlet and get the unit to come on briefly, but conductivity was unstable and finally I tripped a circuit breaker. In complete darkness, I restored the breaker but decided I better back off and I went to find the watchman (property caretaker). I borrowed his cell phone to call our Acts of Mercy hostess and asked her to contact Justin to see if he could bring a plug to install on the AC. But in the middle of the conversation I got a voice recording telling me that the call would be terminated because his pre-paid service had run out. At this point, the uncertainty mounted and Susan and I wondered if we might need to walk down the beach for alternative lodging at the hotel where we stayed my first year in India. We decided to continue cleaning hoping to hear from Justin soon.
I started on the refrigerator. When I opened the door I was taken aback. There was moldy water standing in a trough at the back of the fridge with small leaves (like those from a live oak) that were quite black. It looked as if Susan and I had been the last occupants to clean it a year ago. This was going to be no easy job and I decided to bathe it liberally with water first, then cleanser, then another water rinse. After more than an hour, I decided the fridge was back in shape and good to go so I put a few
things in the fridge. It should not surprise any of my gentleman friends that within 10 minutes, I found Susan swabbing down the inside one more time with disinfectant, thus assuring our continued good health.
In the heat and humidity while working on the fridge, it occurred to me that the fridge plug might work on the AC also. Susan and I decided if I could fix the AC we could do without the fridge for the night. So I took the plug off of the fridge and put it on the AC. I held my breath as I inserted the plug in the socket and after a few minutes, it began to work properly. Praise the Lord!
Now that we knew we could be cool, I decided to start arranging some of the housewares we had picked up. In the things Susan had gathered from storage, I found an iron and immediately saw that it, too, had a removable plug. I smiled in recognition of God's providence. Susan agreed with me that cold milk for breakfast was more important than freshly pressed clothes. After all, this IS an adventure! I mounted the plug from the iron onto the cord now dangling from the refrigerator and soon it was humming along. We celebrated God's faithfulness in leading us to the clues that provided not only for our needs, but in abundance.
What a joy to later discover the footnote of my daily journal which says:
"God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times you may abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8
Jim the Tool Man
PS - I did all this with my Swiss Army knife. Can anyone explain how my Swiss Army pen knife got through airport carry-on security in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Delhi? I believe this is something only God could do.
Footnote to the Guys Only (Women: You can stop reading now) When I went to purchase a plug the next day, I discovered that there is a 6 amp and a 15 amp version and the AC should have 15 amp. Yet God was with us and the 6 amp plug worked on the 15 amp AC unit through the night. Each outlet is wired with both 6 and 15 amp holes. There are five holes in the sockets - one common ground and two holes for 6 amp closer together and smaller in diameter than the two 12 amp which are larger and wider