After my arrival home in Donetsk on Saturday, it began snowing in the evening and snowed all night. So, a couple of more inches of snow are on the ground to add to what has already fallen.
I walked to the garage this morning to find my battery dead. After living in Kazakhstan for 3 winters, you would think that I would have thought about taking the battery out of the car and putting it in my warm apartment, but I didn’t think it would be so cold for so long!
I shoveled the snow around the garage and then headed to the bus stop to catch the bus to church. I was standing close to the street when a car passed by, covering me with snowy mud from head to toe! For a moment, I just stood there wondering what just happened. I tried brushing the mess off of me, but that made it worse. So, I walked home to change clothes.
The CP team came over for lunch and to meet to do some planning. Afterwards, a couple of the guys tried to help me get the car started. No luck and they left. I decided to go buy a battery when I met one of my neighbors. He offered to help and we worked for over an hour to get the car started.
Finally, I called my mechanic. I hate calling him on Sundays as he is also a pastor at the church I attend. He offered to come and we worked on charging the battery for more than an hour and it finally started. Almost 4 hours after I first started, meaning that I had been temps around 15 degrees. My toes and fingers were cold, but not terribly.
The greatest thing that happened during the 4 hours: getting to share a little of my life with my neighbor. I learned he doesn’t believe in anything spiritual. He doesn’t call himself an atheist, although he said his father was. I appreciated his honesty and felt our relationship went to a new level.
I did share with him that while he may not believe in a soul or spirit, he does have a good heart. He stood outside with me for almost 2 hours. He replied that he likes to help people, to which I replied, well, then, you believe in good works. Like I said, it is a starting point at least to build upon.
So, while I may not have preferred to spend 4 hours of a Sunday in 15 degree temps, I found it all worthwhile in getting to know my neighbor. “By this all people will know…”