Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:00pm-2:00pm CST
A truly GREAT Lord’s day. Let me quickly explain the three pictures below. I am ‘waxing an elephant’ in my Bible class on the picture on the left. Jean Claude wanted me to take his picture with Louise on the right as he says she is now a true African! The bottom picture is that of Louise and Linda as they are teaching the children this morning. They had about 40 in class. Got up at 7 with Cyprian scheduled to pick us at 8:45. He arrived promptly at 9:05 but that was OK as we still made it on time. Sunday traffic is the same here as in Garland; their ain’t much of it on Sunday morning. The church hall is about a mile off of the main road and it is a baaaaaaaad road. Can’t go too fast as your dentures (or real teeth) will fall out. It is always a highlight of the journey to have the combined service of the 4 Douala congregations. We had 196 in attendance today. There are many who cannot attend because the cost of transportation is too high. You see, those who live far have to pay what is called two drops. That is, they have to pay double for taxi to come. I never cease to marvel at the poverty of our brethren in Cameroon and the wealth of those of us who are blessed to live in the States. I taught the Adult Bible class while Terry had the sermon. We both dealt with the subject of faith. I spoke for 35 minutes and then took questions for 15. They have a timekeeper and when you are finished he holds up a sign that says: STOP. I still had several hands up when the sign went up but you don’t go against the timekeeper. The singing was great and I was able to video one song that we know on my regular camera and a few others on my IPhone. I am hoping that I can take the IPhone and translate the videos into PowerPoint slides for my presentation at Buckingham Road. The two song leaders were Jean Claude and his brother, Pierre (Peter). After the worship we had about 30 minutes of announcements! We then had a meal and it was different than in the past. They had sandwiches that had goat meat. Goat is very good! They also gave us some soft drinks. Enjoyed our time of fellowship. Then Martin took Terry & Daniel took Louise and I (yes, together) on their machines to the main road. They then got us a taxi to the hotel. I came in and took a cold bath and it felt really good as I was so hot. Louise came down to the room and we discussed future trips after she did some work on the computer. Please put Lori Sutton in your prayers for next year. She really wants to come but she may be promoted on her job and she would not be able to come. Please pray that she will get fired! Hey, don’t let this get back to Lori! Seriously, please pray that the Lord will open a door for Lori to come and still retain the promotion. We then had a small supper in Louise’s room. She had bought a watermelon yesterday and she and Terry ate it. I like Watermelon OK but don’t care to mess with the seeds. She also bought an Avocado but I put it in the same category as Liver. Otherwise, it is the opposite of airplane and hospital food! Tomorrow we will meet with Louis and Linda regarding the children’s material and future of the work in the villages. We will then go to lunch and then to the wood market to get souvenirs. Then Terry and I meet with some of the brethren at Jean Claude’s congregation tomorrow night regarding the printing operation we are thinking of putting in. Please pray that the Lord’s will is done in this matter. I will write more tomorrow night after the meeting. I am fixin to Skype Linda and then watch an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger with a Coke Light in one hand and a Nestlé’s Crunch in the other.
Three miscellaneous items:
1. I was told that Cameroon has more dialects than any African country: 244!
2. Terry must be getting sick because he came into my nice cool room and asked me if I was ‘hanging meat’. Obviously his personal thermostat needs some adjustment.
3. There are now 210 congregations in Cameroon with 176 of them on the English side. The French side composes about 80% of the land mass and population of Cameroon. There are two main reasons for the disparity: (1) the English are more receptive to the gospel than the French (2) all of the early mission work in Cameroon was done on the English side.
We continue to feel well and appreciate all of your prayers.