We do thank the Lord for His tender loving care throughout the day. And we are thankful for a good night’s rest last night. It rained most of the night, and did not look very pleasant early this morning. Didn’t look like a very good laundry day. Nevertheless laundry had to be done. Fixed rice cereal for breakfast while Daddy was filling up the washing machine. It was ready to eat while the clothes were washing. And had time to read Bible too. Got the clothes hung out and then had prayer time.
Then, as mentioned, we went out to shop. First stop, however, was fuel for the truck. There was no petrol at the stations in town so we went outside town a short jaunt to a station we had been to before. They always seem to have petrol when nobody else does. Daddy drove up to the pump, and ordered K50 worth of fuel — at K4/liter. The pump man did his job, and Daddy paid him, and asked for a receipt, remarking “None of the stations in town have petrol, so we came here.” At that, the man’s countenance changed. He looked frightened. He had just filled the tank with diesel. Daddy had pulled up to the diesel pump instead of the petrol pump, and neither of us had noticed. The man kept saying it wasn’t his fault, and we assured him that it wasn’t. Other workers came over to the truck to see what was going on. We had to keep saying that it wasn’t the pump man’s fault. “Whatever you do, don’t start the truck,” they said. Daddy didn’t. He put it in gear, however, and the men pushed it over to the side. They said they would drain out the diesel and put in petrol. Daddy decided he had better call the Hollands first and let them know what had happened. Dave said to get in touch with Mountain Motors and have them tow the vehicle to their workshop and handle the problem there. Daddy had to find a phone book to get a number for MM. He called them, and the owner wasn’t there at the time. So we sat and waited, and waited, and waited. (The sun did come out while we were sitting there, although there were still lots of clouds.) Finally, over an hour later, a truck came to tow us to the workshop. Daddy had to spend another K10 to buy a container and K25 for some petrol in the container so MM could put it in the truck after they drained out the diesel. The service station manager did make the pump man pay something, however. We figured he is actually supposed to ask whether the vehicle is petrol or diesel. Also they said he should be able to tell by the sound of the vehicle and the smell of the fuel when he opens the tank cover. He only had K5, so he gave that. We felt badly for him because he did have to take some of the blame.
We left the truck at MM, and one of the head guys was going to take us back to CRMF. However, one of the workers from the NTM clinic was there and offered to give us a lift. He dropped us off here. We had lunch, and I had a nap. We didn’t know how long it would take for them to fix the truck. They were to call when it was ready. We waited and waited all afternoon. We thought about renting CRMF van to go uptown, but Daddy needed to be here when MM was ready to bring the truck over. Five o’clock came, and we sat down and ate supper. The phone rang while we were eating. The truck was finally ready. They came and picked up Daddy, and he took the man back and paid the bill. Then went to fill up the tank with petrol. Praise the Lord everything is okay with the vehicle, and it didn’t cost anywhere near what we had envisioned. We are certainly thankful that Daddy hadn’t started the truck right away as soon as the guy was done putting the diesel in. We are thankful for the Lord’s hand upon us today.
So where did all that other money go? K65 for towing. K172.60 for labor, etc., for fixing the vehicle. K464 for our bill here at CRMF. K100 for time on the mobile. And another K100 to fill the truck with petrol. Whew!
This afternoon was spent doing some packing (most of the clothes got dry), and getting the financial report up to date.
“40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day…. 47Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” John 6:40, 47