A Rainy Afternoon in Ibba

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He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:45)

It is impossible to predict the weather in Ibba. Sometimes, there is a clear blue sky in the morning, but it rains heavily in the afternoon. Sometimes a shower will last for one or two hours, sometimes it will continue for six or seven hours. If I set off to the training centre wearing my boots, it will almost certainly not be raining hard when the class finishes.

Yesterday afternoon, I wore my trainers. There had been a clear blue sky in the morning and, when I left in the afternoon, a few wispy suggestions of cloud.

With ten minutes of the lesson left, the heavy rain started. The pastors are obviously accustomed to the weather here. Two decided to make a run for home, some settled down to read their notes or a text book, others lay down for a sleep or talked and laughed with the other students. Tito sang a song whilst I got ahead by chalking some examples of sentences using ‘my’ and ‘mine’ onto the blackboard.

At one point, the rain eased and I collected my things to leave. Much to my students’ amusement, I returned shortly afterwards, as the lull had lasted only a minute or so. For the first time, the rain soaked the wide veranda and ran under the door.

Eventually, the rain eased and then stopped. Returning home, I found that our veranda was also soaked and the rain had run under the door. Usually, the veranda protects the front of the house, but, if the wind is in the wrong direction, rain enters via the back window. The windows do not have glass, but are protected from large insects and debris entering by a large mesh and a finer mesh screen.

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