Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:00pm-2:00pm CST
We read in Ecclesiastes 3:1ff that There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time for a pre-howdy and a time for a final-howdy. Now, you have to understand Hebrew to get that out of the text! As I write, it is approximately 75,000 seconds before I see Linda. Since I last wrote I did some surfing on the internet, which, by the way was very slow. Come with me to Cameroon one time and you will kiss your ‘high-speed’ connection! Fortunately my daughter has a deep love for her daddy or I wouldn’t post the photo below. That is a picture of her and KB; at least when he came out he was KB. I am wondering if she won’t want to ship me back to Cameroon post haste when she sees the picture. Well, Jean Claude and Mary came to the hotel and we went to the airport together. Arrived about 6:05 and was able to go in immediately. One of the women who worked for Air France came up to me and said there was a fault with the computer system but they were working on it and ultimately it caused no delay. That part of the airport has Air Conditioning but for some reason, they don’t believe in it being operational. It irritates me to watch all of the Cameroonians in the heat and not even a hint of a drop of sweat while I look like I just got out of a sauna. They have redone the part of the airport where you go through Customs and I went the old way as there was no one to stop me. Once I got inside it was very dark and I could tell I had made a wrong turn. Came back out and navigated my way in. Got to the boarding gate and made it through security with no problems. I am now in a nice air-conditioned gate area and should not see heat again until February when I am here. A possible exception to the ‘heat thing’ is when my daughter sees this picture! The flight is scheduled to leave at 11:55 and land in Paris tomorrow morning at 6:30. I then have a 4 hour layover with a 10:30am departure that will arrive in Dallas at 3:25. Bapp is going to pick me up and fortunately I will be home before she sees this or I might have to hitchhike home. I am fixin to start work on a PowerPoint presentation that I will make at the church of Christ in Atlanta, Texas on the evening of November 10.
Friday, November 01, 2013 11:45am-6:45am CST
Well, it has been some time since I last wrote. We have now broke the 40,000 second mark as to when I will see Linda. Speaking of which, below is a picture of the Montblanc store in the Paris airport where I bought her a $12,000 necklace. Didn’t have anything that cost what she was worth as it would have taken all of the money in the world! I was able to get a lot of work done at the airports in both Douala and Paris. I think I may try and get a patent on Frozen Airline Food. Had a great meal last night on the plane and another one just now. Oh well, status quo! The airport in Paris is atrocious. I landed in Terminal 2E and departed out of Terminal 2C. You would think that you would just have a walk and be at your destination. If you thought that, you would be dead wrong. You have to go outside and get on a bus that takes forever to get to where you need to go. Fortunately, I had a 4 hour layover so time was not my enemy. I was also shocked because in the past (I mean every time) once you re-entered the airport you had to go through security again but not today. You see, when I deplaned I had to go through security. It is a bit more involved because of my Pacemaker. Have an Exit Row so plenty of leg room and an electrical outlet so I can stay on the computer as long as I desire. Will do some work and mix in a movie or several episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. They are favorites of Rob and Tucker. We still have over 8 hours before we touch down as the flight is about 11 hours. After a great deal of thought, I believe it is in my best interest to post the picture on the right below to remind my beautiful daughter of how much she loves her daddy!!!!!!!
At the end of each trip I give a ‘view’ of what I see in Cameroon. Nothing has really changed in this way; I believe that the church is headed in the right direction. There are still so many problems to overcome but that is true everywhere. I want you to be praying for the seminar in February. The material is already finished and I am excited about what we will cover. Richard Sutton will have 10 lessons on the Spiritual Disciplines in which he helps the brethren understand that faithfulness is not an accident. My class will cover Leadership and Giving. The goals of this class are 1) to help them understand what a true Bible leader is and to work to attain that status 2) to give them a better understanding of giving with the ultimate aim of self-sufficiency on their part. I was not able to secure the services of an American sister for this trip so Linda Bassay and Lucy Bechem will be introducing the newest series of Bible lessons for the children. This will be a great time to share this material and to hone the teaching skills of the sisters. I am not naïve in that I do not believe that one seminar will turn the church around. I am prayerful, however, that we will be able to lay a number of foundational blocks that will have a positive impact on the future of the church.
Let me talk to you about money for one minute. To be a missionary you have to be quite good at getting down on your knees with your hands out. I think I have mastered the art quite well. This ministry is like all others; there is never enough money. I realize that you can give too much and that is something I carefully look at before I expend any of the Lord’s money. The reality, however, is that there are many financial needs that our brethren in Cameroon cannot handle at this time. The February seminar is a task that is not free but yields great rewards. For the past few years we have been giving about $2 per day as food money for each of those who attend. They cannot eat 3 meals a day on that amount and I would like to increase it to $3 which would be significant. We ask them to give their time in coming, they are responsible for their transportation and lodging so this is the least that we can do. They truly sacrifice to come to the seminar. We will produce 350 seminar books at a cost of over $1,000 and there are other expenses. The Cameroon Mission Fund never has enough money to do everything we would like to do. Many of you have heard this plea before but we need 1) monthly contributors whereby we can plan ahead 2) one-time contributors where we can use the money for a specific need. If you can help, please do so. Make checks payable to Buckingham Road Church of Christ – CMF and put CMF or seminar or whatever you want the money used for under memo. Then mail the check to:
Buckingham Road Church of Christ
ATTN: Jim Corner
3630 Buckingham Road
Garland, TX 75042
Will write more before we touch down.
1:45pm – 2:45pm CST
I am in the ‘stretch run’. Will see Linda in less than 15,000 seconds. I have truly been blessed with this faithful, selfless and dedicated mate. For those of you who know her, you understand that she is the one who sacrifices when I make these jaunts. I have been blessed beyond words to have such a great wife plus she is good looking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spent a couple of hours looking at both my class for February and also going over Richard’s. Watched a couple of Rockford Files and did some other correspondence. As always, I skipped supper as I want to be able to go out with Linda and if I ate now, I would not be hungry tonight. This is the conclusion of my 69th journey to the continent of Africa. I praise the Lord because each and every trip has been a great one. I was talking to Louis two days ago and this trip was smooth from a physical sense whether you were talking about weather, health (with his one exception), lodging or food. Of course, what always makes it a GREAT trip is the ability to watch people come out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of Light. We are continually blessed by the fellowship we have with so many brethren and I am particularly blessed with my interaction with Jean Claude and Louis, along with Vincent in the June trip. I cannot thank the Lord enough for each of you. Only the Lord knows how many thousands of prayers went up for us on this journey. Many of you gave financially but regardless of the type of gift, you made this journey a blessing. I wish that THANK YOU was sufficient but it is not but it will have to do.