Friday, October 25, 2013 10:45pm-4:45pm CST
The internet connection here is very poor so I have not been able to Skype with my lovely wife in two days and I miss her smiling face. Charlie Brown keeps asking when I will be home. We had a good day with 3 studies and 2 baptisms. I studied with 2 at one time and it was amazing to see the contrast. Both came from similar religious backgrounds but one could not only see the truth but act on it while the other is blinded by their faith. I am still amazed at how intelligent people can fail to see the simple teaching of baptism. The girl I taught who had been sprinkled as a child is a court reporter and certainly no dummy. Yet we read and read Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 which clearly state that baptism is a burial. I never deal with Greek because you don’t need to. In both English and French burial is burial. Benjamin (pictured below) on the other hand was even trying to persuade Shelia as he clearly saw the need for baptism and is now our brother in Christ! We baptized him in a pool near the church hall that doubles as a car wash. Louis taught and baptized another young man but we have been so busy tonight that I have not had a chance to talk to him about that new brother.
Let me return to the beginning of the day. We knew we had no prospects until the afternoon so I actually got to sleep until 9. Electricity stayed on for the entire night and even now my A/C is off because I did not bring a Parka with me! Had a meeting this morning with one of the preacher’s and his wife this morning and then we had an early meal at 1. Generally we eat around 7 at night but we knew we would be packing and have some last minute guests tonight so the early lunch went well. This hotel actually had a fish fillet and it was really good. We always have rice and French fries so if you need a big variety of foods, you are in big trouble. We got machines to the hall around 2:50. The picture on the right below is how you get to the church building from the road. No steps or guard rail; just dirt or mud as the case may be. If it was raining I am not sure how I would have made it. Have already discussed our studies above. Worship started around 6 and I finished the two part sermon I started last night. I had to preach by flashlight as the church hall has no electricity. They have a very nice fluorescent bulb mounted but nothing to ‘drive it’. The 3rd picture below is of the children’s class room they built sometime back. Originally they put up a curtain in the hall (a one room hall) but the noise from the children was disturbing the adult class. After worship they had a ‘potluck’ but I ended up talking to one brother for a long time and didn’t get anything to eat. Got machines back and then met with some brethren. I called Linda and hopefully will be able to Skype from Yaounde tomorrow. The signal should be much stronger. Everything is fine at home and we are doing well. Plan to leave around 7:45 in the morning to go to the park. Trip is only 3 hours maximum to Yaounde and we will meet with the two preachers from the congregations we will work with at 2. Well, got to go. Thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement.