Sunday, June 22, 2014 9:30pm-3:30pm CST
It was a good first day! We were privileged to share the gospel with 14 souls and 4 of them were baptized into Christ. Only the Lord can read their hearts but our prayer, of course, is that they have surrendered to the Lord Jesus.
Started the day at 6:45. We were scheduled to leave at 8:30. All of the churches we worked with today and tomorrow are on the same road. Chris, Mark, Jean Claude and I took a taxi to the motor park with Louis and Vincent taking machines. Once we got there the 6 of us climbed into a small taxi. Louis and I rode up front with the driver while Jean Claude, Vincent, Chris and Mark rode in the back. At the table tonight Mark said it felt like riding with 12 people! Mark worked at Kake II which is only 5 minutes away so we were able to dispose of him and make a little more room in the back seat. About 10 or so minutes later we were able to dump Chris and Louis and all was well with the world. Then in another 10 minutes we dropped Jean Claude with another 20 or so minute jaunt to Kwakwa where we worked. The church was singing when we arrived at 9:45-their Bible class begins at 9:30. My class was on Giving Your Life to the Lord and it went well. After I taught for 45 minutes or so we had about 30 minutes of questions and answers. They actually had to stop the questions or we might still be there. They had announcements after the Bible class and boy, can they announce! We then sang a couple of songs and I was back up preaching from Isaiah 6:1-8. The singing was wonderful and the entire service was great. Immediately after worship I started teaching. I taught a young man named Michael who was ready. His questions were excellent and we went to the water to witness his new birth. The preacher Divine taught another Michael at the same time and they both were baptized. I then taught a man named Martin. You can never know ones heart but I have a good feel for him. I just pray that he surrenders soon. I never like to waste time so I had a discussion with 6 of their leaders for about 2 hours. It was very beneficial and their questions and comments were encouraging. We went to a sister’s house so the brethren could eat and then it was back to the hall. My evening sermon was on the Importance of Discipling. Afterwards we climbed two machines and headed to Ekombe where we switched to two more machines. Can you spell ‘eating dust’? It was a very wild ride but we were safe. Once I got here I changed for supper and we ate around 7. I have been doing a number of things since, will try and Skype Linda and then do some more stuff. Oh, the modem connection I have is better than the wireless in Douala. When I Skyped her last night she was very clear whereas in Douala she was very fuzzy.
1. Last night we were enjoying supper and telling stories. Louis said that he was in a worship service one time and the church was a ‘one cup’ church. Not theologically but they only had one cup. A new convert was on the front bench and when they handed him the cup he said ‘thank you’ and proceeded to down the entire contents!
2. Due to the irregularity of the water supply you take a shower slightly different than in the States: you soap an arm and rinse an arm, you soap a leg and rinse a leg. If you decide to get all soaped up something bad (like the water abruptly shutting down) could take place. We actually had this happen to a campaigner some years ago so I try and warn everyone in advance.
3. The pictures below will speak clearly about what I wrote above. When I got back to the hotel I took a picture of my face. You can’t tell it in the picture but I look 10 years younger because much of my gray is brown! The picture on the right is my handkerchief. I covered my mouth with it to protect my tonsils.
4. It is amazing regarding the similarities between Kumba and America. The water has been off since I got home so I check to see if the water has come on every 15 minutes or so. Linda is the one who does the checking for us. Generally we get 1 to 2 showers a week.
5. You learn that you should not flush when you do #1. You see, if you do and then you have to do #2 you will not be able to flush and the room will smell like the Blaisdell household! This, of course, when Teresa is alone!
6. You need to pray for me tonight. Last night I nearly froze to death. There is only a sheet on the bed and I refuse to turn the A/C off.
We are all doing well. Thanks for your continued prayers.