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Monday, October 27, 2014 10:00pm-4:00pm CST

Dear All:

Well, another trip is finished. You no sooner arrive than it is time to leave. We praise God for the work that He did during this campaign which witnessed 48 Bible studies, 15 baptisms and at least 30 periods of fellowship with our brethren. I am not going to paint a rosy picture that is untrue as we have more than our share of unfaithful brethren in this country. I must say, however, that there are many whose faith can be seen and are such an encouragement to us. The brethren always applaud us but we are the greatest benefactors. Here is the day as it began:

Another great night’s rest. Regarding the list below I never take good sleep for granted. I was scheduled to leave at 9 which I did. The driver picked me and we had set up a place for him to pick Louis on the way. The journey is some distance as I told you yesterday and that gives Louis and I more time to talk. It is always a blessing to be with this fine brother. He is feeling better today and for that I am grateful and want to thank each of you who prayed for him. We arrived at 10:20 and began to teach. The first student was a man named Morel. He is extremely intelligent and we had a great study. He did not surrender to the Lord today but our prayer is that he will soon. The next study was with a man by the name of Thomas and he is pictured below. He is a classic example of a good prospect; his wife is a Christian sister and his brother was baptized last week. Thomas spoke good English so I did not need Louis to interpret. He asked so many questions and they were all excellent ones. Even after his baptism he came back and peppered me with more questions which I was happy to answer. Another brother came in and also had some questions. There are many serendipitous (Teresa; ask Ricardo what that means) blessings to a campaign and one is sharing faith with our brethren. You will recall in Romans 1:12 that Paul wanted to share faith with his brothers and sisters in Rome. The evening worship was excellent and the vast majority of the members were present. At the end they told me how thankful they were that I had come and that I am now a member of the Kombe Church of Christ. Since you cannot have ‘dual membership’ I guess I will have to send a letter to the Buckingham Road elders stating that I am no longer a member. If I knew how to put a ‘smiley face’ in the blog I would do so! The sisters gave me the hat that you see below. Unfortunately it is more likely to fit Charlie Brown than my head but I was moved by their kind gesture. We came back to Bonaberi and we dropped Louis while I and the driver proceeded to the hotel. I wish that my sister-in-law Ellen could have been with me for the ride home. Wait, I love her too much to put her through that ride. Actually, it was no big deal but very interesting. There is one place where you cross a bridge that separates Greater Douala from Bonaberi. It has 4 lanes with no markings and a railroad track down the middle. There are large trucks, big buses, small buses, mini-vans, cars and a host (I mean a BIG host) of machines. They are moving left and right, up and down, in and out all over the road. You have heard the term ‘close quarters’? Well, this is a perfect example. It was getting dark so I was unable to get any good video. When I got home Don was already here and we ate in his room. We have truly had good food throughout the journey but tonight was my best meal. With only 3 exceptions I have had chicken, rice and fries every day but that is OK. Tonight I had one of my delicacies; tuna, ravioli, corn, potato chips and cheese all mixed together: BTW; Don ate the same stuff in the same way so he is actually smarter than I thought! We had a great visit and then I had to come back here and get some work done. Tomorrow we have some errands to run but it should be a relaxing day. This has truly been a GREAT trip (the only kind I have) and I am so grateful to each of you who have kept us in prayer.

Ten things to never take for granted:

1. Running water

2. Light switches

3. High speed internet

4. A/C

5. Refrigerator

6. Personal transportation

7. Variety of food

8. Microwave

9. Non-travel

10. Good phone service

In Christ,

Jim Corner

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