Making Bricks to Rebuild Yarsa

GARY: Wasn’t that amazing when the brick factory arrived finally? Incidentally, the brick factory I shipped in came from Johannesburg, South Africa. It took 4 months to get it there by the time it went from the boat in Johannesburg to Calcutta, India, and then overland to Katmandu, and then on to Yarsa.

Celebrating the installation of the brick factory Gary bought for rebuilding Yarsa.

Celebrating the installation of the brick factory Gary bought for rebuilding Yarsa.

JACOB: It almost took us that long to get it out of the truck!

GARY: And the people in the village had to rebuild the 2½-mile road before we could get the semi in to offload the brick factory. It was amazing to watch them, wasn’t it?

JACOB: It was. The brick factory came on a low-bed trailer, and we didn’t have a wiring system or cable to pick it up. So the people said, “No worries, we’ll go get some old cable over there, and we’ll just put a couple of knots in it, and then you can pick it up.” So they came back with this cable, somewhat knotted up. We hooked onto the brick factory and started picking it up, and we were worried that it wasn’t going to make it at all.

GARY: It was pretty scary, wasn’t it?

JACOB: It was. But you know, those people really know how to make knots! It just really made the load come right out of that truck easily; and then once we set it down, we all thought, “Whew! Okay, next thing.”