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Little Things

The last few hours of packing the container always are hectic. Many decisions have to be made with one eye on the scale to prevent over loading and one eye one the question of whether we will need a certain item. The tendency is to take everything we might possibly need and yet we know that is not possible to fully anticipate the events that will transpire. For example, when we send a set of cutting torches, we must remember to send extra tips, but only propane tips, because acetylene is nearly impossible to obtain in Guatemala. Waterproof electrical connectors, heat shrink tubing, stainless steel screws and other little things that are necessary are simply are not available in the country. If we don’t take it we won’t have it.

As Rod and Gary were getting ready to close the doors of the container, Rod noticed an old wrench that had been lying around in the shop. It wasn’t part of the shop tools and he didn’t know where it had come from, and it was an odd size. Rod picked it up and casually threw it into the container at the last minute.

The container made its way by truck to Seattle and then by rail to Long Beach and then by ship to Guatemala, through the customs process and finally to the campus about 6 weeks later. As they unpacked the container, Rod saw the wrench and tossed it into the back of the pickup that they were using to things from the container. Some things needed to be taken to the shop, some to the school and some to the orphanage.

In the first few days it was discovered that the pickup had two tires that had to be replaced, so Rod went to town to buy tires and to take care of some errands. At the tire shop, he bought the tires and the workers set to work to remove the old ones and replace them with the new ones, but a problem developed. The shop did not have a wrench or a socket to fit the lugs on the wheels. Rod looked but could not find the lug wrench for the truck. The men at the tire shop just shrugged. They were stymied and could go no further. Rod glanced into the bed of the truck and there was the wrench. It fit the lug nuts!
We do the best we can to tackle big things, but God takes care of even the little things.

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