|The house which was struck.|
But when the rain does come, it stomps its way in like a two-year-old having a tantrum, and makes everyone stop to take note. But then it’s over.
However, these tantrums often cause significant damage.
A few weeks back, Sabet told me that 3 people had died in a nearby village when their tukel hut was struck by lightening in the night.
Confused I asked him to explain why the lightening would strike a place that had no metal in it. Was this common? He couldn’t explain to me why --only that three had died and we should pray for the family’s loss.
Well, it happened again. But this time, it was much much closer.
Last Thursday, I was standing under my veranda talking to my translator about a patient. The rain was falling so hard we had to shout to be heard over the drumming on the tin roof.
Electricity crackled above in the clouds, hanging low. Then CLACK! --a sudden bolt hit not far away and fire flew skyward.
It was impressive ... and close. But I didn’t think much of it until later when I got back to the clinic for another patient.
I could smell wet ash, like an enormous bonfire was extinguished and I asked my translator about it.
-- Don’t you know? The house over there was hit by lightening.
--Yes, didn’t you hear?
--Well, of course I heard. How could I not? But really, a house was struck?
--Yes, and the woman inside was killed.
--A woman was inside?
Together we went to investigate. A tukel just over the fence from our clinic, no longer had a roof. The woman and her belongings were taken by her son (who was outside the tukel when it hit) to a friends house.
I was told that Sabet went to pray with them and find out how we could help.
Remarkably, the lightening hurt no one else, even those just a few feet away.
Please pray for the woman’s family during this sad time.