Chris from Eagle Transport
The two U-hauls
Unpacking in the Tennessee House
Nash from Eagle Transport
Wednesday, July 3 at 4:00 pm. That was when we put the last box in the storage room at the house in Tennessee and pulled Lindsay’s car into the garage. The move was over. There were two cars in the garage (Jon’s being the other one), the storage room was sealed and filled with a functioning dehydrator keeping it at a perfect 35% humidity, in the shed the tools were hung with care and the boxes neatly stacked. In the house pictures were hung, the computers and printer were working, the TV and surround sound system was functional, the dressers were full of clothes, the kitchen was stocked. Yes, after 2,314 miles, two U-hauls, too much rain, not enough sleep, and too short of tempers, the move was done. We were off to a much anticipated 3 days in the Smokies.
For the most part it was your typical move, with all the pleasure of a triple-H enema. (For those of you medical you will know what a triple-H enema is, for those not medical, just the word enema should be descriptive enough.) A typical move, except for a phone call we received from Clint Heagy, the Clarkston SDA church office manager, about a phone call he had received, followed by a letter.
That story begins in late May, Friday May 31 to be exact. To set the stage, Monday, June 3 was the day set for the movers to come load up our stuff that was going to Africa. We were already on our second moving company, the first had bailed on us. So with that in mind…
The peace of Friday afternoon was shattered by the ringing of Bekki’s cell phone, the caller, one Mike Krall, who was our international shipper. The conversation went something like this:
“Bekki, this is Mike Krall, how is your Friday going?”
“Fine Mike, how is your Friday?”
“Well, it’s a Friday.”
“Mike, are you about to tell me that my Friday is going to get real bad, real quick?”
“Now Bekki, it’s like this, the moving company forgot to put you on their schedule for Monday, and they are now booked up, so they can’t do it.”
“OK, what does this mean?” (Spoken with a drawn out “OK”, and trepidation in the voice.)
“Well, I’ve been looking, and the good news is that there is a local company, Eagle Transport, out of Lewiston, that can come on Monday and Tuesday. I don’t know why I didn’t see them before when I looked.”
(Just a note here, first company was out of Moscow, second out of Spokane, and finally we settled on the one 10 miles away, a prophet has no honor in his country type thing, I guess.)
“Mike, that is just fine, I don’t care who packs us out as long as they actually show up and do a good job.”
And on Monday Nash and Chris showed up and did a great job. Got everything packed and loaded and hauled off by early Tuesday afternoon.
Now it is not everyday that these two strong young men moved people who were headed to Africa, so of course they were curious about the move and what we were going to be doing. And Bekki was more than happy to share our story with them. On Tuesday Nash came over to Bekki and told her that he had told his girlfriend about us. Turns out Sophie is a reporter for KLEW TV, our local TV station, and she wanted to do a short piece on us for the news. Would we be willing to do an interview? Bekki said, “Sure.” And Nash said she would get in touch with us.
That was the last we heard until 10 days later when Sophie called to set up an interview time. Sunday morning at 9:30 she showed up with her equipment and did the interview, and told us it would air Monday evening.
I have to be honest, we didn’t watch it, too nervous I guess, besides I really can’t stand to see myself on video or hear my voice on tape. (I really feel sorry for all of you who have to hear me and look at me all the time.) But on Tuesday and Wednesday we got some positive feedback from some of our friends and co-workers who happened to catch the piece. I suppose no one was likely to come up to us and say, “Caught you on the news last night, man that was the dumbest thing I ever heard, and by the way the camera added about 30 pounds.” But if you want to see it, go to klewtv.com and type Koza in the search box for the video. Bekki and Lindsay, however, watched it and liked it.
Then came the phone call from Clint.
Turns out that a local gentleman caught the piece on the news and called the church office to verify that this was for real, and to get more information on our work and the mission hospital. Clint directed him to our website and the youtube video Bekki had made about the hospital (search for Koza Adventist Hospital on youtube for that video). Clint was calling to tell us that a few days later he had received a check for $10,000.00. That is not a typo. Do you have any idea how far 10 grand will go in Africa? We are still in shock. We did send a thank you letter, but that does not seem like it is enough. So sir, if you are reading this, Thank you again, and we will keep you updated on how your money is used.
Speaking of that, how is the money going to be used? I will detail that in my next posting, hopefully this weekend. We have a very exciting project it will be funding.
God is amazing in how He works. He had to fire 2 moving companies to get us to the right one, the one with Nash, who has the reporter/girlfriend, who did the interview, (did a great job by the way), aired it and impressed this man to give so generously. I could never have written the script for that one.
For those of you new to our blog, read about us and our upcoming mission to Africa in the “About Us” page, then there is a “Timeline” page that tells you where we will be this year, and finally a “Definitions” page that explains some terms that may be unfamiliar to some of you. Also check out the links to other Mission Hospitals to find other missionary blogs.
– Scott Gardner