Written by: The Bridge on Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
Our security is trying to make a name for themselves. They will not be tampered with, they will seriously guard this place. They’re a group of nice young men. But now, I’ll tell you the rest of the story.
Four young men on their way home from selling palmfruit, drove by our gate on a motorcycle in the evening. The security stopped and questioned them. One young boy that none of us really knew, was there visiting with Jeremiah. He accused one of those men of trying to rob him a few weeks earlier. Our security had them lying on the ground in no time and searched them thoroughly. They however, found no weapon. Jeremiah had been the one to empty their pockets and put the money on the ground. The notes were in thousands, five hundreds, and two hundreds. Joseph Asuqua, a Palmgrove brother, walked out that night just by chance and that is what he found.
Four men on the ground, claiming to be innocent, honest, passersby. It is a public road. Joseph questioned them and found them innocent, gave back their money,and let them go. They counted their money and all the thousand notes, 40,000 N was missing. They wouldn’t leave before they got their money back and even threatened to call the police, which we very much did not want. Joseph promised to see to it in the morning and brought them inside to the hoff. Joseph let them stay in his house overnight and brought the problem to management the following morning. The young man who accused them of being robbers and his father, who is known as a good man, was also called to the meeting. It turned out that the young man lied about the attempted robbery. It took the better part of the morning till Jeremiah would admit to having the money and whispered to Peter, another of the security, where to find it. While Peter drove to get it, Joseph took the palmfruit people out for Garri. It all happened here in the house, in the meeting room. I just quietly prayed all morning that God would give them the words and the wisdom to break through. When Peter returned the money was given back. What a relief! Where would we have gotten the money to pay them, had Jeremiah not broken down and confessed. Paul Vetter and Edward sincerely apologized for the humiliation and the beating they got.
With all that was going on, Jeremiah could still come to Clara and humbly asked her for soup because he was hungry. When Clara told me, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I laughed! They are so often like little children. Jeremiah wants to stay on as a nightwatch, and keeps begging for forgiveness. The temptation was more than he could resist and as it was his first offense, we are considering keeping him on as a night watchman. What would you do???
~ Judith Kleinsasser~
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JMW Decker said:
On: 4th Jul, 2006 at 09:45
Reading this and the next (Loving your Enemies) blog where
Jeremiah was also involved I’d find him a different job.
On: 4th Jul, 2006 at 21:54
security guards…must be an elite force.
wondering now…do they wear sunglasses and a tuxedo?
C. S. said:
On: 6th Jul, 2006 at 13:43
That is quite a story! About the bowl of soup that Jeremiah asked for later, Jesus did say “If your enemy is hungry feed him”.
Since you have desided to keep Jeremiah employed in Palmgrove would he not be better employed as the gate keeper durring the day ?
The temptation to get involed in shady deals under cover of darkness seems to be too much for him !
On: 9th Jul, 2006 at 19:45
Dear Judith. I think you did a good thing in giving this bandit gate keeper a bowl of soup that he so shamelessly, or as you put it, so humble accepted. Imagine how secure Paul Vetter and Clara Basel who were robed and shot will feel in keeping such a gate keeper to guard Palmgrove and it’s people.