Final Howdy

February 27, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:30pm-1:30pm CST

Dear All:

It is approximately 172,000 seconds before I see TMBWITW!

Romans 12:15 says that we are to rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those that mourn. I need to explain why I am beginning with this passage. You see, I have been upgraded to Business Class so I am presently in the business lounge. It has wonderful A/C, nice furniture, wonderful lighting and free food. I am refraining from the food because I know that when we get on the plane I am in for a treat. If you think Coach Class Food is good (and it is); then Business Class food blows it away! You can see part of the lounge on the left below. Regarding the mourning; that would be Richard and Lori as I truly feel sad for them. I won’t say that I would gladly trade places with them as the Scriptures are very clear about the subject of lying. The picture on the right is of us at lunch today. We had a great time. Louis, Linda, Jean Claude and Mary carried us to the airport. We put our luggage in Louis’ pick-up. Made it to the airport with no problems and went in immediately. Had to wait about 90 minutes but there is some level of A/C in the area where you secure your Boarding passes. Cleared Customs with no problems and I waved goodbye to Richard & Lori. I told them I would say hi to them as they walked by me to the ‘peanut gallery’. I was able to Skype with Linda and she had to go and get another Chest X-ray after all but it went smoothly. I will add to this Howdy later. There must be a problem with my power cord as there is no electricity. I have tried multiple outlets and the lights are working so my cord may be bad. If so, I am in trouble for the balance of the journey. I will find out when I enter the plane but I would be surprised if it works. Thanks for your continued prayers for Linda.

9:20pm-2:20pm CST

Something amazing has happened and I am deadly serious. I mentioned the power cord above and was thinking that I was going to have to be very careful with the usage of my computer between now and when I get home. I then decided to go over and ask the girl in the Business Lounge if they had a lost and found. She got on the phone, made some calls and asked me to be patient. About 20 minutes later she showed up with my power cord that I had left on the plane on February 5. It had my name on it and everything! It is now 33 minutes from a full charge. I will confess that this is a dramatic example of how spoiled I am. Spoiled but deeply grateful!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:00pm-noon CST

The flight from Douala to Paris was great. The food in Business Class is almost comparable to my recipes. The operative word in the last sentence is almost. At least they are trying. We deplaned and I had to wait and wait and wait for them to get off. I guess that was because I was in row 2 and they were in 31! We had to wait for about 15 minutes in the line to show our Passports at Customs. All of our bags arrived and we headed off to the hotel. I slept from 9:00am till 12:30 and then got on the computer. I went down and visited with Richard and Lori around 3 and then we went to have supper at 4:30. I then came back and will do some more stuff and hopefully get in bed by 8. Thanks for your prayers for us. Oh, Linda went to the GI doctor today to see if she will be able to have her back surgery and we are certainly praying that such is the case.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:00am-2:00am CST

We are now within about 72,000 seconds before I can see my lovely bride. The total trip was over 2 million seconds so you can see that we are in the home stretch. I slept well last night. Left a 5:45am wakeup call and the hotel promptly called me at 4:45am!!! Actually, the extra time allowed me to get some more work done. We left the hotel around 7:30 and made it to the check-in place with plenty of time. We had to say goodbye as I am headed for Atlanta and they are headed for Seattle. We both have long flights ahead of us. Mine is 9 hours (8 too many) and theirs is over 11. Anyone who thinks that travel is romantic probably thinks the same about kissing a cow! We are supposed to start boarding in less than an hour. Once on the plane I will write more.

12:05pm-7:05am CST

As you can see; we have made some time and crossed at least 2 time zones. We are presently over the Atlantic. Still have over 6 hours to Atlanta and then a 2 ½ hour layover (have to claim bags and clear Customs there) so I won’t have to wait too long. Then 2 ½ hours to Dallas. Boarded on time and departed pretty much on schedule. I have had another fantastic airplane meal (redundancy is one of my greatest traits) and will work on my computer for a while. I may try to get some sleep and will see how that works. Let me give you my ‘State of the Cameroonian Church’ speech. I was completely satisfied with the seminar. It was stressful only because of Linda’s health. We had discussed this 2 months ago and decided that the best thing for the Kingdom was for me to make the journey. I am thankful that I have a wife that understands that our eyes need to be focused on the next life and what we can do to help others achieve Heaven. Too often our hearts trump our brains and we do what we want to do. Linda squarely understands the significance of this ministry and especially, the seminar. Many Christians will talk about sacrificing for the Lord but she is a living example of one who is putting the will of God above hers. I could not be prouder of her!!!! You have already seen the numbers but what you cannot see are the lives that will be changed by this training. The brethren were excellent students and I am confident that the majority of them will put into practice what they have learned. We have several goals regarding the seminar:

  1. Help them develop the ability to think for themselves. So many of our brethren (on both sides of the ocean) listen to a preacher or parent or someone and shape their beliefs with someone else’s brain. I still marvel at Acts 17:11 as we see the Bereans comparing Paul’s preaching with that of the Scriptures. It is easier to let someone else think for you but there is no wisdom in such behavior. It makes me truly sad to think of all the good people who will perish because they listened to someone else. If I am going to be a leader in the church, I have to be a thinker.
  2. Reach members throughout the country. I mentioned in an earlier blog that we had over 70 congregations represented in the 2 weeks. These leaders are teaching and modeling Jesus for roughly 75% of all members in the country! Due to the size of both our country and the number of congregations; that would be an impossible feat in the States.
  3. To ‘piggyback’ on #2; through our leaders we hope to make a huge impact on the next generation of Christians. As I have told you many times in the past; my vision for Cameroon goes far beyond the day I take my last breath. I firmly believe that when you look at the church overall in the States and in Cameroon; they are headed in opposite directions. I pray that I am a false prophet but I travel so much in the States and speak with many elders, preachers and members. What I see and hear too much is a church that is headed in the wrong direction. Certainly, our country is but it is unfortunately true that typically, our culture effects the church more than the church effects the culture. I believe that the church in Cameroon Is moving in the right direction. Our young people in Cameroon will take the church to a new high in coming decades.
  4. Ephesians 4:12 says that a primary mission of leaders is to equip or prepare God’s people for works of service. The phenomenal growth of the church in the first century came from leaders who equipped God’s people. Leaders alone will never promote significant growth. As they lead the people of God to surrender their lives to Him; then the growth will burst forth. There is a reason why we call it a Leadership Training Seminar. These men and women that we were privileged to influence over a 2-week period will go far beyond anything we could ever do.

Does this mean that our work is finished? By no means; I believe that for many more years (hopefully at least 10) I will be able to travel to Cameroon on a consistent basis. My desire is to continue to lead seminars and campaigns. Lord willing in June 3 Americans will work with 9 congregations. As with all campaigns; there will be a two-fold mission; teach the lost and strengthen the saved. I know that one day my energy level will drop but as of now; it has not. I want to work as long as I can with both WBS and the church in Cameroon. I fully understand why a man or woman with a secular job would look forward to retiring. In my way of thinking I do not have a job; I have a mission and I will allow God to determine when it is complete.

1:30pm-12:30pm CST

Well; I am only one time zone from TMBWITW! We will land in about an hour and then proceed from there. I was able to get about 3 hours of sleep. Watched a movie and will now read some. Flight has been smooth with no turbulence. I cannot thank you enough for all your prayers. Will write more in either the airport or on the plane to Dallas. It just hit me that I live in a perpetual state of homesickness. When I am in the States, I am homesick for Cameroon and when I am in Cameroon, I am homesick for Linda. I have truly been blessed by our Lord!

5:40pm-4:40pm CST

We are under 15,000 seconds before TMBWITW comes into my view, but who is counting? Landed on time in Atlanta and absolutely flew through Customs and getting my bag transferred to this flight. Got some Chick-fil-A and then headed for my gate. Flight is full and we are a tad late but nothing significant. Dean is picking me up and I have already spoken with Linda. She got the go ahead yesterday from her GI doctor so everything is ready for March 9. Please keep her surgery and recovery in prayer. This will be my last writing and I will send it tonight or tomorrow depending on how tired I am when I get home. I cannot thank you enough for each and every prayer offered on our behalf. The Lord certainly blessed this journey. My report at Buckingham Road is on Sunday at 5pm on March 8. I pray that, if possible, you will be there.

In Christ,

Jim Corner

 

 

 

 


Howdy

February 25, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 4:10pm-9:10AM CST

Dear All:

This will be fairly quick. Got up at 6 as I can never sleep in when I can sleep in. Jean Claude came around 11:30. We went to another location of the restaurant we frequent. On the left below you may think that the machine riders are going the wrong way but there is no such thing with machines. Mary, Jean Claude’s wife, will enjoy the picture of him chowing down on some ice cream. Got back and I am packed. I have been on the phone and emailing with Linda and a doctor’s office. She may or may not have some type of stomach issue and the back surgeon wants to make sure everything is OK before he operates. I leave for the airport in about an hour and am trying to get everything sorted out. Please pray that Linda will have peace. I know you are praying for our journey. Thanks! I will write a far more detailed Howdy of the trip later.

In Christ,

Jim Corner


Howdy

February 24, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:10am -5:10pm on Monday, February 24, 2020 CST

Dear All:

Do you understand the concept of “wrapping up”? That is what we are doing as we will leave, Lord willing, tomorrow evening. I woke up at 5:30 and could not get back to sleep as my mind was thinking about all of the things I had to do. Finally got up around 6. For the most part, I am packed. Some last-minute things will have to be done. After regular ‘morning stuff’ I worked some more on my trip report and PowerPoint presentation. For you in the Buckingham Road area; I am giving my report on Sunday, March 8 @ 5:00pm. I need to say something about Lori. She is a good girl but can always be a pest. You can see us on the left below. It was a two-man job to put up with her! The picture on the right is of the ‘remote’ part of the service I mentioned yesterday. You can see behind that some had to stand. The church is working on finishing the main auditorium and they hope it is ready by next February. I went down and visited with Richard and Lori and then Jean Claude arrived around 11:30. We went and had a nice lunch. Then came back and he and I discussed the seminar, next year’s seminar as well as the campaign in June. He is such a blessing in my life! Then Louis Bassay came and we discussed the children’s material including the teen material. We hope to have it done by June, if possible. He is doing a great work and is another rich blessing to me. Visited some more with Richard and Lori tonight. Did a bunch of miscellaneous stuff which would be boring to write about. Please continue to keep Charles Bishop in your prayers. He is still in ICU and the doctors are trying to figure out what is the cause of his problems. I spoke with Grandma and Charlie Brown. She went to the doctor today for her blood work and chest X-ray. The doctor said the blood work from yesterday at the hospital was fine and she shipped that to the back doctor. Linda had a chest x-ray some 5 months ago and she shipped it as well. By the time I spoke with Linda the girl at the back-doctor’s office was gone for the day. Tomorrow she will call to make sure that everything is still a go for March 9. We certainly hope so as Linda has been dealing with this for many months. This trip has been tedious on me due to Linda’s situation. I will be glad when I am home with her. Please continue to keep her in prayer and ask the Lord to grant her peace of mind. Lori is still not feeling 100% but better than yesterday but please keep her in prayer. Lord willing, we will head for the airport tomorrow around 5:30pm our time. I may or may not send a brief Howdy tomorrow or may wait and send one from Paris. Thanks for your prayers for us.

In Christ,

Jim Corner

 


Howdy

February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020 3:15pm-8:15am CST

Dear All:

I just spoke with Linda and she had a bad night. Our daughter is going to go over and check on her to see if she needs to go to the ER. Tomorrow she is scheduled for a Chest X-ray and blood work in preparation for her surgery on March 9. She is worried that this is going to mess that up. Please keep her in prayer.

This was a great morning. The combined service had an attendance of 445 from the 5 Douala congregations. The picture below is only a portion of that number. They had a ‘remote’ area where some were sitting and standing and the children were on the roof under a canopy. The singing was unbelievable and the overall fellowship was great. Richard taught the Bible class and Jean Claude had the sermon. They both did a fabulous job. Lori was sick and stayed home. She really wanted to go but didn’t want to give whatever she has to someone else. Underneath their room there was a wedding reception that went from 11pm last night until 6 am this morning. They said the music was so loud they could not get any rest. During the worship the power went off a couple of times and we were thankful for the generator. The entire service at Jean Claude’s congregation is always in both French and English as they have both and that was certainly true this morning.

The picture below is of a brother named Olivier (Oliver in English). He had been a member of a denominational church for many years but came to the Lord through WBS. He is a faithful member at Jean Claude’s congregation.

I am going to finish my PowerPoint this afternoon and try to either finish or get close to finishing my trip report. Please keep Lori in prayer. Richard is down a bit but we are not bad. We continue to thank you for your prayers. Please, please keep Linda in prayer.

In Christ,

Jim Corner


Howdy

February 22, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:45pm-2:45pm CST

Dear All:

This is the first Howdy in a while where I am not writing about the day’s events at the seminar. It was a relax full day and here is how it unfolded. I actually slept in till 8 after a good night’s rest. I have a myriad of things to do in preparing to leave on Tuesday. I am working on my written report of the journey; PowerPoint for my presentation (something tells me I may have mentioned this yesterday) and other miscellaneous things. I told Jean Claude to take the day off, as far as we are concerned. He has a lot of stuff to do in preparation for the combined service tomorrow. This began 6 or 8 years ago and was Richard Sutton’s idea and a good one it was. He is going to teach the adult Bible class tomorrow while Jean Claude has the sermon. Lori is going to listen to one of the children’s classes and then critique the teachers. I am just going to enjoy the worship with no responsibilities.

Let me explain the pictures below; on the left are Paul, Solomon and Jerry. Paul and Jerry are two of the village preachers we support. By support I mean that they go to their villages on the weekend and we help them in a small financial way. The goal of working with village churches is to help them lead their children to godliness. Nothing against the adults but the kids will leave the village one day and head for the city. If they are grounded in the faith, the church will be blessed. One of the things we have done on this journey is provided funds for children’s curriculum. Paul works in Bai Manya and Jerry in Pete Bakundu. Solomon is a faithful brother in Small Ekombe and he helps with the administration of the funds and the sending of reports to me. On the right is a photo I took while Richard and I were flying down the road. I can text, er take photos and a number of other things while on a machine.

Around 11 I hailed a taxi and he took us to our hamburger place. Lori was the only one who had a hamburger but everything was great. I then went to a grocery store in search of Snickers (I failed but did get Toblerone) while Richard and Lori went to a clothing store. Lori told me that he loves to go clothes shopping. He did not buy anything but we went to a number of stores. Lori bought all of the inventory at the wood market yesterday but asked if they restocked. When I said yes, she decided to go again and this time she only purchased 96 or so items! Got taxi back to the hotel and the A/C great! The heat is oppressive so it was nice to get back in. I then got back to work on various things and around 7 had a snack.

I just Skyped with Grandma and Alex. Alex has been doing a lot of work to help grandma. Linda slept well last night and feels fairly well. Thank you for your continued prayers for her. Monday she has to have a chest X-ray and blood work for her surgery 2 weeks from that day. Please continue to pray for Charles Bishop and I learned today that his wife has Shingles in her stomach. Thank you for your continued prayers for us.

In Christ,

Jim Corner


Howdy

February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020 8:15pm-1:15pm CST

Dear All:

For the 22nd time I will say; the seminar is finished. The numbers today were once again off the charts. The men’s class last year numbered 48 while today there were 110. The sisters were 33 last year and 76 today. A dear brother of mine had a question that I am sure you have had; namely, why the increase? Well, I can give a couple of reasons but they do not tell the whole story. The Bear Valley School of Preaching has a preacher school in Wotutu on the English side. For the first time ever, their students came and numbered around 20. They told Jean Claude that they were so happy and that they learned things regarding preaching from Richard that they are not taught. The Crisis had an impact as plenty who came had never been to Douala. Being able to escape the problems for even a week was a welcome relief. Generally, a certain number are chosen to come but this year still others came on their own. At any rate; we are very satisfied with the end result and I am not talking about numbers.

Let me recap the day; normal morning as I slept well again. Richard woke up at 3:30 and could not get back to sleep. He has not had these problems in past years. We ordered our lunch and then headed for the hall. Around 9:30 I went to the hotel to get Lori’s evaluation sheets and to deal with some correspondence. It will be impossible to travel tomorrow because of the Crisis so we ended at noon as I discussed yesterday. It doesn’t seem possible that I have been gone for 18 days. Linda might disagree! We had an enjoyable lunch and because I did not have to teach, we were able to visit longer than usual. I cannot say enough positive things about this godly couple. Around 3:30 Jean Claude and Mary came and we went to the Wood Market to buy souvenirs. I was done in 10 minutes but Lori went on a shopping spree. While I was waiting, I thought I would look at my phone and I saw the name of one of my dear nieces, Ashley Corner. She is the daughter of my junior brother. Junior is Cameroonian for younger. Not only did I get to talk with her but her lovely sister Gabby was there. They both came to Cameroon about 5 years ago and they were and are true blessings to the Kingdom. I then decided to be an extra nice guy (that is my nature) and I took everyone to get some ice cream. I didn’t want any but to be sociable I did have 2 scoops. On the way back to the hotel I stopped and got some water and Coke Zeros for Richard and Lori. I have definitely drunk far fewer Cokes on this trip than any in recent memory. I have evaluation sheets to look over so my night is not finished. I will call Charlie Brown and Grandma to Skype with them in a few hours. She went to the doctor today so I am interested in finding out what she said. I tried to call her but since she has caller ID, she did not answer. Here is where I would place a smiley face if I could. Tomorrow I get to sleep in for the first time in a long time. We will relax and prepare for the combined service on Sunday of all the Douala congregations.

Miscellaneous Items:

  1. A young man came up to me this morning and asked: do you remember me? Then he told me that I had taught and baptized him 21 years ago so the answer was: no, I don’t remember you. If I had taught him yesterday the odds would be 50/50 that I remembered him. How gratifying it is to see those that you led to the Lord plenty years ago who are still growing in their faith.
  2. The pictures below are very special to me, that is, the people in the pictures. On the left is Patience and Denis Asikpo. Denis is a farmer but also the preacher for the Matoh Church of Christ. They are still meeting when possible but oftentimes have to divide and worship in the bush. This church numbered nearly 180 before the Crisis and was one of the largest congregations in the country. The second is of Melchizedek and his mother, Lucy. You saw her yesterday with me. When I first met him, he was a scrawny little kid and now he is taller than me. His little brother is even taller than Melchizedek. This is a very special family.
  3. Please pray for Charles Bishop. He is the preacher and one of the elders at my home congregation in Wichita, Kansas. Charles is one of the finest preachers I have ever heard and more importantly, one of the godliest men I have known. Recently he had an operation and it did not go well. He is currently in ICU and that is all I know. Also keep his dear wife, LaDora, in your prayers.
  4. I worked on my PowerPoint Presentation that I will make at Buckingham Road on March 8. It is not finished and my lovely and talented daughter-in-law, Jennifer, will put the finishing touches on it once I get back.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers for us. We have truly been blessed without incident. I continue to thank you for your prayers for Linda and all of your deeds of kindness towards her.

In Christ,

Jim Corner

 


Howdy

February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020 8:15pm-1:15pm CST

Dear All:

For the 22nd time I will say; the seminar is finished. The numbers today were once again off the charts. The men’s class last year numbered 48 while today there were 110. The sisters were 33 last year and 76 today. A dear brother of mine had a question that I am sure you have had; namely, why the increase? Well, I can give a couple of reasons but they do not tell the whole story. The Bear Valley School of Preaching has a preacher school in Wotutu on the English side. For the first time ever, their students came and numbered around 20. They told Jean Claude that they were so happy and that they learned things regarding preaching from Richard that they are not taught. The Crisis had an impact as plenty who came had never been to Douala. Being able to escape the problems for even a week was a welcome relief. Generally, a certain number are chosen to come but this year still others came on their own. At any rate; we are very satisfied with the end result and I am not talking about numbers.

Let me recap the day; normal morning as I slept well again. Richard woke up at 3:30 and could not get back to sleep. He has not had these problems in past years. We ordered our lunch and then headed for the hall. Around 9:30 I went to the hotel to get Lori’s evaluation sheets and to deal with some correspondence. It will be impossible to travel tomorrow because of the Crisis so we ended at noon as I discussed yesterday. It doesn’t seem possible that I have been gone for 18 days. Linda might disagree! We had an enjoyable lunch and because I did not have to teach, we were able to visit longer than usual. I cannot say enough positive things about this godly couple. Around 3:30 Jean Claude and Mary came and we went to the Wood Market to buy souvenirs. I was done in 10 minutes but Lori went on a shopping spree. While I was waiting, I thought I would look at my phone and I saw the name of one of my dear nieces, Ashley Corner. She is the daughter of my junior brother. Junior is Cameroonian for younger. Not only did I get to talk with her but her lovely sister Gabby was there. They both came to Cameroon about 5 years ago and they were and are true blessings to the Kingdom. I then decided to be an extra nice guy (that is my nature) and I took everyone to get some ice cream. I didn’t want any but to be sociable I did have 2 scoops. On the way back to the hotel I stopped and got some water and Coke Zeros for Richard and Lori. I have definitely drunk far fewer Cokes on this trip than any in recent memory. I have evaluation sheets to look over so my night is not finished. I will call Charlie Brown and Grandma to Skype with them in a few hours. She went to the doctor today so I am interested in finding out what she said. I tried to call her but since she has caller ID, she did not answer. Here is where I would place a smiley face if I could. Tomorrow I get to sleep in for the first time in a long time. We will relax and prepare for the combined service on Sunday of all the Douala congregations.

Miscellaneous Items:

  1. A young man came up to me this morning and asked: do you remember me? Then he told me that I had taught and baptized him 21 years ago so the answer was: no, I don’t remember you. If I had taught him yesterday the odds would be 50/50 that I remembered him. How gratifying it is to see those that you led to the Lord plenty years ago who are still growing in their faith.
  2. The pictures below are very special to me, that is, the people in the pictures. On the left is Patience and Denis Asikpo. Denis is a farmer but also the preacher for the Matoh Church of Christ. They are still meeting when possible but oftentimes have to divide and worship in the bush. This church numbered nearly 180 before the Crisis and was one of the largest congregations in the country. The second is of Melchizedek and his mother, Lucy. You saw her yesterday with me. When I first met him, he was a scrawny little kid and now he is taller than me. His little brother is even taller than Melchizedek. This is a very special family.
  3. Please pray for Charles Bishop. He is the preacher and one of the elders at my home congregation in Wichita, Kansas. Charles is one of the finest preachers I have ever heard and more importantly, one of the godliest men I have known. Recently he had an operation and it did not go well. He is currently in ICU and that is all I know. Also keep his dear wife, LaDora, in your prayers.
  4. I worked on my PowerPoint Presentation that I will make at Buckingham Road on March 8. It is not finished and my lovely and talented daughter-in-law, Jennifer, will put the finishing touches on it once I get back.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers for us. We have truly been blessed without incident. I continue to thank you for your prayers for Linda and all of your deeds of kindness towards her.

In Christ,

Jim Corner

 


Howdy

February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:45pm-4:45pm CST

Dear All:

The English seminar is defying everything that has been true in the past. Typically, Monday is your lightest day as some are still traveling and Wednesday and Thursday are the peak days with Friday trailing off some. The numbers today were 95 men in Richard’s class opposed to 46 last year. The sisters had 76 while only 32 in 2019. My class had 174 versus 77 last year. I am not complaining; just reporting. You might know that on one of my busiest days I would end up with a long Howdy. Here goes:

Nothing unique about the morning. We went down to order our lunch and made sure Lori was settled in. Traffic was light and we made it to the hall easily. Shortly after Richard’s class began, I went to the hotel to distribute and discuss the evaluation sheets. I also told the sisters that they were more special than the men and they gave me a hearty round of applause. There is a picture of her class below. I then went to get Lori some stuff and did not get back to Richard’s class until it was nearly over. On the way home I told him I had a great experience today and he said: you got a Coke and I said that the experience was going the wrong way on the one-way street. I haven’t figured out if I prefer going the wrong way or riding on the sidewalk. We had lunch at the hotel and it was very good. It is always nice to be able to rest and visit with Richard and Lori. The Crisis has brought a problem; namely that travel on Saturday will be very difficult. The brethren wanted to know if we could let them out at noon tomorrow and when I said yes, they were so happy. I had to condense the last two days of my class into one. It was really hot and on the way home Jean Claude said that I was sweating like a pig. That is an “inside joke” because many years ago some American made that statement to a Christian sister and she said; pigs don’t sweat. She thought it was a funny saying. The end of my class was very emotional for me. I do not have the ability to write in such a way as to convey such emotion. I love this country and the people so much and it is always bitter sweet when it is time to come home. I feel like a ‘snowbird’ who has two homes and I love them both. One of the songs we sung after my class has these words: I am worshipping a can-do God. The way my brethren sing brings chills to my spine and tears to my eyes. Richard remarked today that everything was almost over and that is the way things go. It seems only yesterday I was at DFW but in reality, it was over two weeks ago.

Miscellaneous items:

  1. I was so blessed today as I was able to take multiple machines. One of the drivers was so good. You will recall a few days ago I showed the sign where you could not enter but machines do. Well, my guy blew right through it and coming back we went for an extended distance on a one-way street (going the wrong direction). The next time you are in a large city I would suggest you do that as you will have a wonderful time. Will get some strange or fearful looks from on comers but that is OK.
  2. Another difference in how Pidgeon is different from English is this; when Richard said the passage says Glenn translated this passage talk say.
  3. Lori needed me to buy some candy for her as the ladies have been too numerous and they ate more than we anticipated. I found out the hard way that on Thursday the shops don’t open until 10am. At least I had a good excuse to get some extra riding in.
  4. For you veterans of my howdys you know what is coming after the next statement: I found myself smiling today. Of course, I was on a machine. If someone came here for the first time and saw the traffic, they would be surprised that crashes are not happening left and right. I get to have a lot of close fellowship with people I don’t even know!
  5. The other picture below is of a dear sister named Lucy. In 2008 when Linda and I spent nearly 2 months here she traveled with us and was Linda’s interpreter. She is French speaking by birth but speaks better English than I do. No smart aleck comments from the peanut gallery!

I was able to Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma. Also saw Aunt Ellen in the background. She has been such a blessing to us. She had emailed me a month or so before I was to come and said she would do whatever she could to take care of her sister. She is aware of the great work that is being accomplished in this country and without Linda’s sacrifice and Ellen’s help this time around; so much good would have been averted. She is going to the doctor tomorrow regarding her stomach and on Monday to do blood work and have a Chest X-ray for her surgery on March 9. She has been cleared by her orthopedic doctor and her Cardiologist. Pray for our brethren who will be traveling tomorrow and pray for Richard and Lori as they finish their classes. I will be doing a lot of running around tomorrow morning to tie up loose ends. We are healthy and thank you for your prayers. I continue to thank you for your prayers for Linda and ask that you call or visit her, if possible.

In Christ,

Jim Corner


Howdy

February 19, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:25pm-1:25pm CST

Dear All:

I pray that things are going as well with you as with us. The Lord is truly blessing the seminar. Number wise Richard’s class had 89 compared with 46 last year; Lori’s class had 66 compared with 32 last year and I had 146 compared with 77 last year. We are being blessed by our fellowship and the learning that is taking place.

Normal beginning to the day. Sound sleep and feeling well. Went down to collect Richard and Lori at 8:15 and when we got to her room there were about 10 and as we left the hotel more were coming. Absolutely no challenge today with the exception of crossing the road. You can see on the left below that there is not much space. Once on the machine we made it with no problems. Got the class situated and I came back to the hotel. Had a lot of work to get done and spent a profitable 2 ½ hours. Richard said the class did not go as well today as there was bickering over minor issues. Jean Claude took us back to the hotel as he had some things to do. We ate in my room and everything was deeeeeeeeeeeeeelicous! Visited with Richard and Lori for a while and then got to work on my lesson. Got a taxi with little trouble and the traffic was not bad. Arrived at 2:55 and the brethren were singing. Shortly thereafter I was up and teaching. My translator is named Terrance and you can see us below. He is a school administrator and a GREAT brother. He likes to interject, from time to time, that he is taller than me. What would he think of my midget wife? Scratch that; it was a mistake. At about 4:30 the electricity went out. It was already hot but with no circulating air; it was something else. They had the generator fixed and around 5:10 they had fuel for it and it cranked everything. It is still well over 2 hours before I can see Charlie Brown and Grandma. I will stay busy between now and then. Thank you for your continued prayers for us as we are all well. Also, thank you for praying for Linda.

In Christ,
Jim Corner

 


Howdy

February 18, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:25pm-4:25pm CST

Dear All:

We had another banner day. Last year the men’s class was 47 and today it was 84. The lady’s class in 2019 was 25 with 65 today. The afternoon class had 72 last year with 147 today. I do not know if the numbers will hold but tomorrow will give an answer. Oh, 46 congregations are represented this year from the English side! The Lord blessed me with another good night’s rest. I do not take that blessing for granted. Lori has slept well the past few nights but not Richard. From my very first trip to Ghana in 1988 I have slept like a baby from the first night. Today began as usual. I went down to Richard and Lori’s at 8:05 as we needed to get her stuff in her room and go to the hotel restaurant to order lunch. Richard and I had no difficulty in crossing the street which was a bummer. The challenge is always nice. Arrived at the hall around 8:35 and class began at 9. Actually, it started about 10 minutes early which may be a first. I left shortly thereafter to take Lori some more seminar books. Oh, there was a sister who I had taught 5 years ago on a campaign but her answer at that time was a strong no. However, the brethren continued to teach and reach out to her and today she is a strong sister. After I got back the men were in groups. Their initial assignment was to read Philemon 5 times to get the ‘flavor’ of the book. You can see them diligently reading below. The class went well although the electricity went out at 10:15 and did not come on for the balance of his class. When it was over, he was drenched in sweat. We then caught machines and I want to draw your attention to the one on the right below. You may see the red sign with a white dash and think: that means do not enter. That is because it means do not enter. However, as Jean Claude likes to say, to a bike rider red is green! I actually took two pictures of me on the sidewalk on a machine but they were blurry so I will hope for another day. Lori was in her room so we went down at 12:30 for lunch. We all had buzzgetti and it was really nice. I do not know why my spell checker does not recognize buzzgetti. Evidently it has never eaten at Olive Garden. Came back to the room and prepared for my class. When we arrived, the electricity had been restored. The class went well and the participation is excellent. I was talking to Richard today and we believe that both the French and English are comparable this year. Some years one will rise above the other.

Below are some excerpts from the evaluation sheets.

  1. I pray that God will fill your cup with blessings.
  2. This was my first time and I thank the Lord for your wisdom and teaching. I hope to return every year.
  3. This seminar has helped me to learn to make relationships with people. I can then evangelize and bring them to Christ. Thank you for your teaching.
  4. The seminar has been too good and edifying to us.
  5. Brother Richard, you are a blessing to me personally and to the entire church.
  6. The seminar has increased my understanding of how to be a better leader.
  7. Sister Lori was excellent! She helped me grow in my Christian life.
  8. The seminar was so encouraging to me.
  9. Lori’s presentation was timely and a blessing. It has helped me so much.
  10. I thank God for His goodness manifested by sending Sister Lori. She taught me how to be a better wife and to talk with others about Jesus.

 

Tonight, I did my usual stuff and then had a nice supper. Coke Zero (my first of the day, Linda), Plantain Chips (very tasty), cheese, Pringles and a mystery desert. As you can see, I continue to eat a balanced diet. I was able to Skype with Linda a few minutes ago and she is still stunningly beautiful. She slept better last night and is feeling a bit better today. Alex is at the house with Charlie Brown and Alex, her dad (our son Michael) and grandma/mom are going to the movies tonight. Typically, Tuesday night is date night for mom and son but Alex wanted to see this picture. Please continue to keep her in prayer. We are all doing well and continue to give you thanks for your prayers.

In Christ,

Jim Corner