Glad to be alive! Very, Very Glad!

   Posted by: Jesse & Sara Eggman   in Current Events, Missions, Personal

Sara, Makai and I were on our way to a village here in Guatemala to meet with a pastor today. We stopped to get some gas at Shell and put some air in the tires just as we were leaving the town we live in. The gas attendant asked if I wanted super or regular gas and as normal I told him regular. It was only about 30 seconds after leaving Shell that the engine started shuddering and making a loud knocking sound. It kept acting like it was going to shut off. A few weeks ago another missionary friend of ours just had bad gas put into his SUV recently at Texaco and had to get his engine and everything cleaned out. So I assumed that was what happened to us as well. I called a friend and he came to help. We opened the gas cap and smelled the gas which smelled more like diesel than gas. My friend took me back to Shell and they told us that they had pumped regular gas into the truck. We called a mechanic and asked if we could pick him up and bring him to the truck. He said yes but when we arrived he said he was busy and gave us a chain to tow the truck to him. My friend started towing me but almost immediately the chain came loose and then my breaks went out. The chain had broken the trucks break line when it came free. Without breaks it was going to be really hard to pull the truck with a chain so we tried calling a tow truck. Most tow trucks here in Guatemala just hook up chains and pull you. We could only find one guy who had a tow truck that could pull the truck up into the bed of his tow truck. The problem was that he was out of town when we called.

We called the mechanic back and asked again if we could bring him to the truck. He was still busy but he said his brother, who is also a mechanic, could come with us. We dropped Sara and Makai back off at the house and picked up the mechanic. The mechanic tried getting gas out of the gas tank but couldn’t. He told me to start the truck and he opened up a valve on the engine and let some gas out. I talked about it being dangerous because the gas could catch on fire but then I went ahead and listened to him. He took out about a liter of “Gas” and sure enough it smelled more like diesel than gas and was slippery and slimy like oil. The mechanic decided that since we couldn’t tow the truck he would just take all the gas out through the valve so that we could put new gas in it and try to start it again. He ran a hose from the ground up through the engine compartment and started letting the gas shoot out of the valve into the hose and run down to the ground.

Please understand the following events seemed to take place in slow motion.  About the third time the car died and I restarted it a huge flame shot up. I turned the truck off and jumped out yelling for them to get back since the truck could explode. There was a huge pillar of flame shooting up from the engine and fire underneath the truck where the “Gas” had been flowing. I yelled for them to move the other vehicle away in case the truck blew up. When my friend tried to start his vehicle it wouldn’t start but kept making that clicking noise like when your battery is almost dead. I quickly decided that I was not going to try to look at the battery since I would have been right all the fuel on the ground and the flaming truck. For an unknown reason my friends vehicle suddenly started and he hit the gas to get out of there quickly. He was on a muddy slope beside the road and started sliding sidewise down into a muddy ditch beside the road. I yelled for him to get out and run for it. He yelled that we needed water but I thought to myself that that would probably only make it worse since you normally never put water on burning oils and the “Gas” had looked and felt oily. I took off running down the road away from the burning truck towards a big propane business that was only 100 feet away. I remember thinking that there was nothing we could do and that the Truck was lost for sure. I said part of Job 1:21 aloud as I ran, “The Lord giveith and the Lord takeith away, Blessed be the name of the Lord”.

As I neared the propane business I yelled out and asked if they had any water. The security guard disappeared and then came back with a 5 gallon bucket full of water. I ran back yelling that I had water. The mechanic met me and grabbed the water and went and threw it on the pillar of fire still coming from the trucks engine. Miraculously the fire instantaneously went out. I asked the mechanic if he was ok and he said yes. We noticed later that his eye lashes had been burned.  Praise God we were all ok! On top of us not being hurt at all the mechanic soon discovered that only a few hoses had burned and that the engine and everything else was perfectly fine. You would have had to have seen the huge pillar of fire burning continually for all that time to understand what a huge miracle that was! The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Today He gave much and took very little. I have a renewed sense of just how precious life is and am overjoyed to have more time here on earth.

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Jesse Eggman

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Wow… My first thought was: “PRAISE THE LORD THAT YOU GUYS ARE OKAY!” But my second thought was….wow…”PRAISE THE LORD THAT JESSE WAS FAITHFUL IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT!” As a sister-in-law/aunt, I am so grateful that you guys did not get hurt. As your sister in Christ, I am SO PROUD of you Jesse that the words that came out of your mouth were “The Lord gives and takes away.” Now THAT is the biggest testimony in all this. PRAISE GOD.

November 15th, 2013 at 6:11 am

Wow! That’s some pretty crazy stuff there! Glad everyone is ok. We could have been reading a very different story. Praise God for His protection!

November 16th, 2013 at 10:11 am

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