My close encounter occurred when I was looking for a rag to wipe the dust off my laptop. I reached out to grab a washcloth hanging from a rack on the wall. Living in constant fear of spiders, I had the good sense to lift the rag very gingerly and shake it a bit to dislodge any unwanted critters. As I pulled it carefully off the rack, I saw the scorpion, larger than my thumb, on the wall just behind it.
I suppressed a scream and instead squeaked, "Sister Edvine! In here, please!" Edvine-the-Brave came running (she just earned a raise from MBB), took one look at the scorpion, uttered a respectful "Ooooh," and summarily thwacked it with her sandal, resulting in one fewer scorpion in South Sudan and one very relieved Executive Director.