Every now and again something happens and we come crashing back down to earth about the realities of life where we are living. We haven’t experiences much hassle in our time in Nigeria if we are honest. We haven’t been broken into, we haven’t experienced material loss and our lives haven’t been threatened. I’m sat in meetings in Kenya as part of my new role to learn about crisis preparedness and contingency planning. This morning I opened my email to find the following- [I edited a bit].
******WARNING – It is a little graphic in places ********
On Monday night, after closing the shop, Tony went out in Tim’s truck. (Tony is the Nigerian mechanic who repairs our car). He came back around 930 and stopped off somewhere to relieve himself. It was within the vicinity of his shop. As he got out of the vehicle at “tall, huge man” asked Tony to give him the keys to his car. Tony refused to give the keys. The guy said he would kill him and Tony realized he had a gun. The guy shot the gun, but somehow missed Tony. He said he heard it hit a fence behind him. Tony hit the guy and managed to get the guy away from him. Then Tony realize there were 3 other guys with him.
One of them then stabbed Tony in the lower back with a knife and left it in. Tony removed it and He was bleeding quite badly. Tony managed to send the guy rolling away, somehow but in the course of the fight he was stabbed 7 times.
He was on the ground, but realized if he didn’t get up, he’d likely die there. It sounded like they tried to get him a couple more times, but he was able to keep them from getting the keys, and to send them scurrying away in the end. He called out, “Theif! Theif!” but no one came to his aid. He decided to try to chase them in their car, but when he started seeing double and triple, he realized he needed to get help.
He drove to a compound nearby with a hospital, but the gates were closed. He said he was honking and honking for them to open the gates. From there he doesn’t remember anything. He found himself in the hospital after being unconscious for a day or two.
However, the story doesn’t end there. Apparently he somehow got through the main gates and drove into a second gate. I saw the gate and it was in rough shape. Then I saw Tim’s truck. It had basically been totaled [written off]. Both airbags had been deployed, the front end is totally mangled even the back windshield had been broken. One can really only speculate on how the damage got there, and how Tony got in. However, what is clear is that God had his hand on Tony through the entire ordeal.
This is how the car ended up.
Probably the end of that one.
PRAISE: for Tony’s survival
PRAY: for his continual recovery
PRAISE: for insurance (though I haven't heard back from them yet)
PRAY: for quick resolution for recovering the car and the property. Paying for damage to the gate/fence and purchasing a new car (not as simply in Nigeria as in other locations).