Last Monday I told you about how we filled our water tank. This week I want to add some more details about that. We filled the font and then our water tank while all the power was out. When the power is out the pump to the church doesn’t work. (We share the tank and pump with the church.) That means basically no power no water. But that was not the only problem. After we filled the tank we went to send our weekly email and get a few things done. When we returned the power was on and the tank was empty. We found out that someone left the water in the church bathroom on. So while I was emailing you last week the power came on and the pump started to empty the tank into the bathroom sink. By the time we were back to our home it had finished pumping all of the water we had just worked so hard to put back inside our water tank.
So last Monday night I called the Branch President and explained to him what happened. I asked if it would be possible to call a water tanker to come now that we have no water. He told us, “Yes” and arranged for a tanker to come the next day.
The next morning I got a call at 6:00 in the morning letting me know that the truck was here and that they needed us to come unlock the gate so they could fill the tank. We unlocked the gate and went to the tank and found out the small tank had been filled and a little bit of the big tank as well because the city water came on in the night which is very unpredictable. I believe I have explained before that when you pay for a tanker to give you water you pay for the full tank no matter how much you use. So again we called the Branch President and we decided it was not worth having the truck fill the rest of the tank. The workers that came from Accra were not happy but we paid them for their transport hoping that would make them less angry. We also planned a baptism this week so we were praying the city water would turn on again before Saturday so we wouldn’t run into more water problems. Our prayers were answered. Thursday night and Friday morning the city turned the water on and our tanks were filled giving us the water we needed to live and have the baptism.
The whole time we were planning the baptism we didn’t know a funeral was scheduled for the same time. A funeral had been arranged in a different city for the mother of the First Councilor in the branch. That meant that all the Branch Presidency and all the auxiliaries would be gone during the baptism. We found this detail out on Wednesday so we called to inform our investigator, Richmond, what was going on. We had to tell him that his baptism will be postponed to the next week. He sounded disappointed but said, “Ok.” After teaching a few lessons we decided to go back to the apartment to have lunch. Just as we finished eating we received a call from Richmond. He asked, “Are you close to the church?” We replied, “Yes.” He asked if we could come to the church and meet with him. He then said, “I have a few questions.” We assured him we would be there in the next ten minutes. We arrived at the same time as Richmond. We sat down in one of the rooms at the church to talk. He asked us to explain more about why his baptism was being postponed. We cleared up his questions. Then Richmond asked, “Is there any way we can have it early in the morning before the funeral?” Then he said something that touched our heart. He said, “I don’t care if anyone comes or how early it is I just want to be baptized. This is about my salvation and I have planned for this day for a long time. I am not sure if I will even be here for the next Saturday. I may be in another city next week for work and I don’t want to postpone it three or even four weeks from now. Anything could happen between now and then.” (Just so you know he actually said those words. I did not add or subtract.)
So we called the Branch President’s phone and it was off. We called our Branch Mission Leader who lives next door to President Ike’s home. He said that President’s house was locked and no one was there. We told Richmond that we would go over to President’s school to see if he is there. We also told Richmond that if he is there we would call right then. Elder Aloysius and I grabbed the bikes and headed over to President’s school. We were so happy that President Ikes was in his office. It is not often we visit him there so he asked if we tried calling him. We said, “Yes.” He apologized because he wasn’t able to charge his phone so it had been dead all day. He felt bad we came all the way to the school just to talk with him. We told him that it was fine. We explained everything to him about Richmond’s baptism he said it would be ok if we did it at 6:00 AM before they go to the funeral. We called Richmond and told him the good news. Richmond was really happy about that.
Saturday we got up early to prepare for the baptism and it all went smoothly. Richmond gave a wonderful testimony after his baptism and was confirmed yesterday. Now he is an awesome member.
Have a great week.