When the rig first arrived in Guatemala, our priority was to get wells drilled at the International Children’s Care orphanage and school. Their dependence on river water was unhealthful and dangerous. Three wells were drilled in close proximity to each other between the two campuses. Rod Bartholomew was inclined to finish in the morning because the day had been hot and long and he was tired. He had finished the third well by installing the pump and completing the plumbing connections. All that remained to be done was some electrical controllers needed to be hooked up and tested. It was about 4:00 and he debated whether he should finish in the morning but decided he should go ahead and take the time to finish now. It took about an hour and a half and then was done. When some switches were thrown and valves opened, water would flow from the wells into the water system of both campuses. He closed up the rig, cleaned up and with Jen went to the home of a sponsored child for supper.
Rod had not yet sat down at the table and there was a knock at the door. The director of the school was there and after apologizing, asked Rod how long it would be till they could use the water. He explained that the power company transformer that served the pumps in the river some distance away had burned out. The campuses would be with out water very shortly. The electrical service to the campuses themselves was not affected. The power company could not come for at least 3 days and what could they do? There were 400 students who were going to not be able to wash dishes after supper or use the facilities. This was a crisis! As Rod listened he began to understand the providential timing of the finishing of the well.
Rod told the astonished director that water could flow within 10 minutes and it did.
The students were cautioned not to drink the water because the whole system needed to be treated before the water was deemed potable, but it could be used the same as the river water. As the situation unfolded, the power company found the fault and repaired the problem but as usual in Guatemala it was expected to take a few days. And it did.
The water was available just about one hour before the electrical problems made the old system totally unusable. The timing was perfect, as usual. Some see coincidence, but others see providence.
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