Written on November 1, 2009. The next few posts were written while I was in Nigeria.
Imagine, if you will, going home from a long day at the office only to find that your electricity is cut off. You have been having this problem for days and the electric company is saying that they are working on the problem. Imagine just as you are going to bed the electricity comes on. Thinking that the problem is fixed you jump in the shower only to have it go off again. Standing in the shower all soaped up you begin to think about sitting on a beach in the Caribbean because it must be better than here.
That is how most of the missionaries live in Jos, Nigeria. They don’t have consistent power and there is nothing they can do about it. Their only recourse is to go buy a generator to give their house some electricity. But the gas to power the gen (as they call it; my theory is if you have a nickname for something you are probably pretty familiar with it) costs money. In fact, Nigeria is known as the gen capital of the world. That is how much they rely on gens in Jos.
I was out at a mission hospital in Jos the other day and the doctor there said that the hospital would be making a profit if it weren’t for the gas expenditure on the gens. The missionaries and Nigerians have adjusted to the lack of consistent power, but can you imagine the frustration and stress this adds to their life. I’m frustrated with it and I’ve only been here a few days.