Here’s a letter from a couple who carry a burden for the Lord as missionaries in Honduras. The letter is dated May 06. Italics and bracketed comments are mine
The beginning of May brought one more surprise into our lives when the Honduran government decided to change the time an hour ahead like they had heard about the rest of the world doing. ‘cause they couldn’t have possibly thought it up on their own Pick-ups loaded with mumbly loudspeakers rode up and down the streets announcing [holy crap! talking trucks!] “Yaba comel a tomanish baba yaba menum anbana.” [and the beastly things don’t even speak english!] Or something like that.
You see, these systems are always so bad that NOBODY can understand what is being announced [probably because the trucks are speaking truckish rather than english, spanglish or hondurish]. Are they selling socks? Pants? Melons? Or maybe it is a community meeting? Now? Tomorrow? Is it an emergency? So everyone starts watching everyone else to see what they are running to do. But nobody is running to do anything, lazy bastards, you see what we’re up against? ahh, but we do it for the Lord. Speaking of whom, God needs you to send us some more money so nobody does anything. Including us.
The radios and TV praise God for these American inventions and Internet and thank you, too, algore buzzed if only we had decent reception here with the news of losing an hour. Was this really true? A hoax? Could this really be happening? Why? Certainly if it was true, the government would have done this with the rest of the world over a month ago…right? [wrong. remember the poor reception?] We decided to sit tight and wait for some official word from somewhere. will someone please tell us what to do? Many others decided the same thing. Of course that means that now everyone will ask for the time in “old time” and “new time.” sigh. if only someone would come fix things so these ignorant savages wouldn’t be forced to resort to self-reliance.
School buses going to private schools pass by an hour late…or early? Not sure. Public schools just closed down, since nobody know when they should go. Workers didn’t show up in many places. that’s why we’re here, because if we don’t show them the american way of business, they just won’t be good Christians We went to church and found no pastor…he hadn’t even heard!!! [someone call the elders, this ignoramous has to go!] Fruits and veggies were scarce in town because it was nearly impossible for the merchants to meet up with the delivery trucks for the markets. Stores were short of items. Banks ran out of money. Gas prices went up (but did that have anything to do with the time???) [probably not. haven’t you heard about the oil situation? oh, that’s right. poor reception down where you are.] Meetings were the only thing that went on as usual since people normally arrive an hour late here! [or do you usually arrive an hour early?]
One of the sewing ladies [note that the seamstresses are always referred to as ‘sewing ladies.’ i don’t get that—perhaps the writer doesn’t know the word “seamstress?”] said that the government tried this time change about 10 years ago, but it only lasted a week. So she was waiting them out before changing her family’s schedule. The worst cases were those who heard about losing an hour and set their clocks BACK. see what we mean? they really need us here. they’re just like little children. they are so cute! Send more money now.
So there is mass confusion in an already disorganized place! God must wonder at all the energy we put into being an organized group. [he might wonder. then again, he might just shake his head.] Couldn’t we put this same energy into knowing Him? [who are you asking?] We pray he has some plan for this place that we don’t see yet. [yah, he might, but the nature of your prayer indicates that you think he might need a little nudge] There is a time and a purpose for everything under heaven… [think i’ve read that somewhere] NEW or OLD time? [my guess is that God’s not as concerned with that as you are] What time is it? [time for these missionaries to come home] please, send more money now.