Terror in the Night...

Posted on April 15th, 2011

It was just after 12:30 p.m., when we were startled awake by a frightened and breathless voice. It was difficult to make out the words, but after the second cry, we heard, “This is Cheweru and we are surrounded by enemies!”

Recently, the tourist lodges and homes along the river have experienced break-ins by armed men. Who these men are or where they are from is not known. Stealthily, they come by dug out canoe in the middle of the night and enter the homes or rooms of the guests to steal valuables. Surprised by the staff, they have also attempted to rob one of the hotel safes.

To protect the community, a 911 radio network has been instituted that connects the lodges and individuals with each other through out the night. It has been very effective. The response to the 911 call last night was amazing. No less than 6 or 7 armed men of the community responded as well as police and the Botswana Defense Force, the armed forces of Botswana.

Thankfully, no one was injured, although the bad guys shot off some rounds while unfortunately escaping down the river. With the river in flood right now, it is difficult to search as there are many little side channels for thieves to hide. Hopefully, the thieves will be discouraged after such a response by the community.

It is comforting to know that we have a rapid response team available at the touch of a button should we need them. Thankfully, we live in the middle of the village and have the protection of neighbors and the many dogs that live around here. We are not afraid.

Every day what is most comforting is knowing that we have a direct 911 to the Master of the Universe, prayer that brings holy help when frightened or overwhelmed!

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Monique Morgan - April 27th, 2011 at 3:12 PM
I know that was truly frightening. Glad you are safe.
We have had multiple storms here at home. Last night several tornados spotted. Everyone we have checked on is safe, just major damage to trees. We stayed up most of the night watching weather and checking on friends.
Please keep our minister search in your prayers, we are confident the Lord already has someone in mind.
I know the people are blessed by your presence as you are by being there. So glad you listened to God's calling you.

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