Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:15pm-7:15pm CST
Woke up this morning @ 6 and started to get ready for the journey. Charlie Brown came at 6 but once Linda put him down to sleep she decided that that was a good idea. She did finally get up at 8:10 and Bapp (our daughter; her given name is Baffy Boo but it has been shortened) showed up at 8:20 and we quickly loaded and left. First said goodbye to Charlie Brown, Alex, Junior, Cy and KB (all grandkids) and of course, to Linda. Chris’ place is only 5 or so minutes away and we captured him and headed for DFW. Mark was staying with his parents near the airport so we met once we were inside. Everyone checked in with no problems and it was good to see Mark again. His last name is Drew and this is his second trip. He first went when he was a member of the church of Christ in Laurel, Maryland which is Jean Claude’s primary sponsor. He has been back in San Antonio for some years. This is Chris’ (last name Simmons) first trip and it will be a joy to work with both of them. Chris is an African-American but the brethren in Cameroon are not aware and the only Simmons they have seen is Kurt and he is most definitely a ‘white guy’. We flew from Dallas to Atlanta and had a 2 ½ hour time between flights. Boarded pretty much on time and we are probably over the Atlantic as I write. The flight to Paris is about 8 ½ hours.
I was thinking (I do a lot of that) and I have probably had roughly 175 airplane meals in my life and I am still fixin to find my first bad one! It is simply amazing-they must use the best chefs in the world. I can only dream of what a meal in First Class is like! I would ask for seconds but they don’t have that much. I love to fly with Linda because she does not like airplane food (only one of her few fallacies) so I always get most of hers. Unfortunately Chris is not a good traveler in that vein because he ate all of his and didn’t offer me anything! He is definitely not my favorite guy at the moment.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 825pm – 1:25pm CST
I will try to be as thorough as possible but don’t usually do a very good job. We landed on schedule and I got about 3 hours of ‘airplane sleep’. Got a lot of reading done. We cleared customs with no problems and all of our bags were present. It took a long time to get to our hotel. We went up the wrong elevator and then once we were at the correct one we were on the wrong side. It was about an hour at least before we got on the shuttle and made it to the hotel within 15 minutes. It was too early to check in so we dropped our bags where the hotel locked them up. I am sure glad that I had Mark and Chris with me. I don’t have time to tell you about all of the walking we did going one place after another to see this and that. Without their expertise we would still be in Paris. I can take you all over Cameroon but Paris is another story altogether. I will say, however, that Mark (especially) has too much energy. Of course, he is younger than my oldest child so that may have something to do with it. Also, he and Chris like to eat all of the time! What is it with this ‘young metabolism’? We went to the Louvre and looked at it from the outside because the line to get inside was enormous. We then went to the Eiffel Tower and looked at it, got some ice cream and then went to Notre Dame. Between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower we had a nice lunch. The service is good but very slow. Notre Dame also had a long line but we got in fairly quickly. It is quite a site. You can go on top of it and Chris and Mark were going to do so but the line was around the building. We went back to the train station and headed home. The train was REALLY crowded. Ultimately we got off one stop too soon (my fault) but finally made it. I have a nice room and the internet is free. I will get this off tonight and then send another from Douala tomorrow.
That is one handsome guy below, don’t you think? Not going to divulge his name but I got the picture off of the internet under ‘young models’. Let me explain the second two pictures: they were drew (no pun intended) by Macy Drew; Mark’s 13 year old daughter. The first one she drew when she was 7 and I was preaching at their congregation. The second one is recent. She is very talented!
We are grateful for your prayers and excited about tomorrow and the days to follow.