Monday, October 28, 2013 11:40pm-5:40pm CST
Saved the best for the last as we had 5 studies and 4 baptisms today! Final figures were 26 Bible Studies and 9 baptisms. Here is how the day unfolded:
Got up at 6:52 as Kennedy was to pick us at 8 sharp. We were ready but he was not and Louis called him at 8 and he said he was 10 minutes away. Well, the 10 minutes was actually 25. Louis’ side pain has come back and while we were waiting for Kennedy we walked down to a pharmacy to get some medicine for Louis. As of tonight he was feeling a bit better but believes he needs to go to the doctor once we get back to Douala. Kennedy proved to be a true blessing as he was with us the entire day. I am still impressed with his car! Leather, A/C, all kinds of knobs and cleanIt actually has working seat belts. A good brother asked me in an email if I wore a helmet when I was on a machine and a big smile crossed my face. For every driver that has a helmet, there are 383 that do not! I have come to the conclusion that I will never cease to be amazed at how they drive here. I know this: if I had a nice car over here I would have it in ‘bubble wrap’. Kennedy should actually be a machine driver because he acts more like one of them. We did not always stay on the correct side of the road and oftentimes zoomed by other cars but his aggressiveness paid off as we made good time. When I look at the traffic here and the way they drive the term ‘herding cats’ pops into my mind! We arrived at about 9:30 and two prospects were waiting. We taught and baptized a couple named Guy and Blandine. They are pictured on the left below. Their baby Esther is in the picture and Louis weaseled his way in as well. We then came back to the hotel to have lunch and I am glad we did as we did not have to waste time eating tonight. This trip has been nothing but chicken, fish (twice), Fries and Rice. It is fortunate for me that when I like something I do not tire of it. We told Kennedy to be here at 2 sharp to take us back and I don’t think he understands the concept of ‘sharp’. Arrived at 2:20 and off we went. Got to the hall and two more prospects were waiting. Had another good study and they were baptized. Please pray for one of them by the name of Raissa. She is 21 but lives with an uncle that will be opposed to her becoming a Christian. We then studied with a girl that was possibly the least serious prospect I have ever had. I can only pray that with time she will begin to think well. We had a very good worship and I was able to video one of the songs. I am guessing that there is a way to post the videos but I do not know how. My lovely and talented daughter-in-law, Jennifer, will have to show me how. Kennedy got us back to the hotel around 7:30 and I have been packing, working and Skyping since that time. My goal is to be in bed my midnight but I fear my goal will not be realized. We are taking the 9:00am bus in the morning and hope to land in Douala at 1. Louis will go home and I will be free for the balance of the day. Oh, the middle picture below is of Simon Parfait, his wife Nadedge and their children Moses, Daniel and Esther. He is the preacher at Nkoabang. I will give anyone who has not been to Cameroon $3 if you can pronounce the town but you have to give me a year’s worth of Mars Bars if you cannot.
1. I was truly suffering tonight. You see, my final Coke Light had been housed in the fridge of the hotel. Well, it was solidly frozen. I had to leave it out for 3 hours and still it spewed when I opened it. I am looking at it now with a block of ice inside and waiting until I can get one of my last candy bars and enjoy the moment.
2. If you are below the age of 30 you may need to ask your parents or grandparents what that contraption is at the bottom right. Hint: you can talk on it.
3. My room number is 301 but fortunately I am on the second floor. Louis is also on the second floor and his number is 210. Go figger! At any rate, I climb 25 steps (yes, I counted them) each time I ascend or descend. Teresa; ask Ricardo what ascend and descend mean.
4. The temperature here has been quite pleasant the entire time. There were a couple of times when I was actually a bit chilled on a machine.
5. Please pray for Gerald Housley. He is a dear brother in my congregation and is presently in the hospital having suffered 2 strokes.
6. I am a very thoughtful guy and for that reason I ate a Mars Bar, Snickers and Twix tonight as I didn’t want to create any jealousy between them.
Thanks for your continued prayers.