As the wall of flame of the brush fire approached, some of our summer campaigners who were teaching with me in the Maheba Refugee camp asked if we should evacuate. Trying to put a brave face on things, I said, "We run when the Africans run." Secretly, I pulled aside one of the local church leaders and asked if we were all going to burn to death. He laughed and said, "The fire will go around us." I looked in concern to an elder from Illinois (Phil Gardner) who was teaching an outdoor class; he kept glancing at the fire, blowing ash off of his Bible, and continuing to teach faithfully while his students gazed at the flames as if in a trance. The local church leader must have sensed a degree of doubt in my composure as he added, "You may have missed it for the bush, but we burned a fire break in a circle around the camp." As the gusts of heated air blew around us, sure enough the fire passed by on either side of us. I was thanking the local church leader for his foresight when he concluded, "Yes, we didn't want this fire to be a distraction to you."
"But Martha was distracted... the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.'"
Luke 10:40-42 NIV
Brian, Sondra, Noah, and Bryson