Saturday, February 08, 2014 8:00pm-1:00pm CST
We have arrived safely in Kumba. Looking forward to worship tomorrow and then the seminar on Monday. Got up at 6:30 with a proposed ‘take off’ at 7:30. Well, they are putting in a new water line between Douala and Bonaberi and traffic is down to one lane. Fortunately since it was Saturday, we were only delayed about 15 minutes. Stopped at a small store on the way out of town to get a few things. It is amazing to me to see how Cameroon leads you to appreciate what we would call ‘small blessings’. For example, Linda Bassay cooked some eggs for us and I had prepared bread last night with Chick-fil-A Mayonnaise. I am riding down the road taking a bite out of my egg followed by some bread and really enjoying it. On top of that, I had a bottle of OJ that I kept in the freezer overnight. The trip was smooth; the road from Douala to Kumba is a good tar road. We arrived around noon and went to a grocery store to buy water and a few other things. We met Lucy there; she had traveled during the night to get here. She is such a sweet sister as is Linda Bassay. I am glad that they are a part of our team. We unloaded and had a scheduled meeting with Diana and the orphanage she runs. Now, this is not an orphanage as you think; it is simply her house with 30 kids! Some of them are pictured below; the older ones were at a church meeting. This woman is truly incredible. We gave candy to the kids and Richard had brought money for Diana to use to care for the kids. Also gave her some money to buy a dress or do something for herself. She is the type of woman that will always give to the kids before she does anything for herself. We got back and were scheduled to eat at 5. I went down to see if things were ready and they were promptly on the table at 5:45. My bed looks like a tornado hit it but I will get it cleaned up. Tomorrow Linda and I are going to Fiango and Richard and Lucy will go to Kossala. Jean Claude will be at Kumba Town. I am fixin to send this. Then I will go over my lessons for tomorrow. Still have to try and Skype Linda. We are all well and appreciate your prayers.
Several isolated thoughts:
1. You are familiar with the saying that ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ and I have found that to be a true statement. For example, the electrical current in Kumba is very inconsistent so you will have the lights go bright and then go dim. Now, how does that fit with the saying above? Well, the low current means that the A/C does not blow very cold which could be considered a cloud but the silver lining is that the cold shower is pretty good.
2. I have a hot water heater and it looks very nice hanging on the wall. The only problem is that the cord that plugs it in is frayed and I believe that if I tried to plug it in I would be seeing Jesus SOON!
3. Richard was remarking to me yesterday about the advances in technology in Cameroon. For example, while I am writing this I am listening to Lee Greenwood sing God Bless the USA and his will be followed by a number of other songs.
4. Hotels here are no different than the States. We had to go and buy 8 lights for our rooms. Commodes have no toilet seat but if you have followed my blogs you know that they are unnecessary and Linda removed ours back in 2008 after her journey here. You will notice the picture on the right; just as in America you have to take your own Ketchup and Magi Sauce to the dinner table. There were also two Coke Lights!
5. In Kumba you always know where your flashlight is because the electricity could go out at any time and I am sure we will have some outages while we are here.