Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:30pm-2:30pm CST
I suppose that one day I will have to write that we had a ‘bad day’ in Cameroon but I can’t write that today. While I am thinking about it; the brethren here want me to come every year which is simply not possible. There are many other French areas that we need to work with but hopefully I can return in 2013. We will see if that is the Lord’s will. We also have about 15 refugees from a camp about 70 miles from here. They are from Chad and that countries civil war ended about 2 years ago (according to Jean Claude) and they may be able to return within the year. They walked the 70 miles to come to the seminar. Not only is that a looooong way to walk but the heat during the day is very active. I am going to pay their transport back so they can have an easier time. The amount for the entire group will only be $33. When Linda and I came here in 2008 we were impressed with the many who travelled great distances to come and I am astonished once more. It is fascinating to know that this seminar will have an impact even on another country one day. The girls were very pleased with the presentations. Like any seminar, some do better than others but they said that all in all things went really well. I am enjoying my class. I told Jean Claude that in my teaching I am not simply trying to get the material across. I want to help them grow in their ability to think. So many Cameroonians simply accept blindly whatever is taught and too many of our preachers are happy with that. A couple of years ago I was having a discussion with John Reese who is the director of WBS. He grew up in Africa and told me that they are taught by rote alone. One of my foremost aims is to help them learn how to critically think. We are seeing great progress in this area and Jean Claude says our seminars have had a very profound impact on the church in this country. I understand the limitations of a 3 day seminar but I am in prayer that it will make an impact. We have had the same driver pick us each day but today he misunderstood the time to collect us so Linda and Gisele took machines to town. They wanted to know if I would like to go so I asked them how long they would be there and they told me an hour. That helped make my decision easy. Ultimately they were gone 1 ½ hours so I was really glad I stayed in the hotel. I took a machine back to the hotel and had a relaxful break. My spell checker says that ‘relaxful’ is not a word. Can you believe that? Linda was worried about me yesterday because I told her that I had one small piece of cheese for lunch. She informed me that that did not constitute lunch. Well, today I thought she would be happier because I had one small ‘slim jim’ and ate it but that did not impress her either. The afternoon class went well. It is hotter in the afternoon but I really don’t notice it while I am teaching. We had another nice supper and I truly enjoy the fellowship with Jean Claude, Gisele and Linda. The pictures below are of the church hall where the men are meeting and the canopy under which the women are meeting. It has many holes but no rain so no problem. Oh, one sweet young sister emailed me and wanted to know if we had babysitting for the small children. I nearly fell out of my chair with laughter. I still need to call Linda and will do a few other things. I am really pleased with this effort and pray that the Lord will bless the seed that we have sown. Please continue to pray for us. We are all doing well.