Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:00pm-2:00pm CST
I will see Linda in less than 108,000 seconds. When I think of that my mind goes to Charlie Brown in this way; within one month of his birthday he is already talking about gifts for his nextx birthday. Do you think I should have told him that it is only 28 million seconds till his birthday!? Once again we have come to the end of a journey. Life is filled with so many ‘small journeys’ and we look forward to the day we can enter our final rest. We mourn when loved ones pass away but if they are faithful, there is but a small separation. Every time I leave Cameroon there is a tinge of sadness because I am leaving home. I actually have 3 homes; one in Garland, one in Cameroon and the ultimate home in heaven. This trip has been like all of the others in that the Lord was watching over us from start to finish. The brief ‘hiccups’ that Louise had are just that. I was walking with her to the store on Monday and commented that her ‘plane problem’ was a great testimony of our wealth. You see, there are people all over the world with REAL problems while so many of ours are minor inconveniences. Now, I realize that the severity of a problem on one level is whether the problem is mine or yours. I have always found that I handle other people’s problems far better than mine. Now that my sermon is over; I can take off where I last ended. I Skyped with Linda but missed Charlie Brown as he is in school. There was no school on Monday or Tuesday because of ice and I will call him in a little while to hear his voice. Jean Claude, Mary and Louis came over so we re-Skyped Linda so she could talk with them and they were all very happy. Left for the airport at 5:30 although my flight does not leave until midnight. People are constantly mocking me but Louise proved me correct on Monday night. I asked her what time she wanted to come and she said 7:30 so I said ‘no problem’. Well, by that time long lines have formed and it takes much longer to check in. You are in a non-air-conditioned room and the only place where they have A/C is at the gate. Well, I was first in line and got my boarding pass quickly. There is an Airport Tax you must pay and then you go through Customs. All of this went swimmingly and I was soon at the gate. No one else was there except for employees but I came in and have been quite comfortable. I started reading and about 20 minutes ago they moved us out so we could go through security. You pass your bag through a metal detector and since I have a Pacemaker, they pat me down. They then go through your carry-on and pat you down again. After I finish writing this, I will shut the computer down and go back to reading. We still have a little over 3 hours to lift off. Below are Jean Claude and yours truly & Louis and Linda. Will write more in either Paris or on the flight to Atlanta.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 7:45am-12:45am CST
I will see Linda in less than 29,000 seconds! While at the gate in Douala I was able to put together my ‘rough draft’ of my PPT I will make at Saturn Road on March 8. My beautiful, wonderful, smart and fantastic daughter-in-law will guzzy it up. My spell checker does not recognize the word guzzy so it must only be understood by the elderly like Teresa Blaisdell. We took off from Douala on schedule and had my best meal since my flight coming to Douala on the 5th. It is somewhat amazing when you see that airline food is consistently GREAT! I read some but actually was able to sleep for 3 hours. We landed right on schedule and the transfer to the gate was seamless. Did not have to go through Customs but did have to go through security. Because of my Pacemaker they do a physical pat-down. In the past I had to show them a card I have in French to verify my Pacemaker but the last few times they can see the honesty in my face and simply accept my word. Discovered that my flight to Atlanta is an hour delayed but that is no problem because there was a 3 hour layover in Atlanta so it is a wash.
Let me take this time to do as I always do in my final howdy and that is to share my thoughts about the work in Cameroon. I assume you do not archive these ‘Howdys’ but if you do there is probably not a great deal of change from one report to the next. The reason is that growth is slow and gradual and we will continue to do those things that are bearing fruit. You do not go into a first grade class studying that level of math and then return 6 weeks later to see them doing Algebra. Hey, I couldn’t do Algebra in 9th grade unless you consider a D doing Algebra. It was better than my D- with a red circle around it in Geometry. Nevertheless, I learned enough Geometry to become a good pool player. I digress; some of the comments on the evaluation form show what I thought, namely, that the church in Cameroon is becoming more peaceful. I had one preacher tell me that in the past their ‘business meetings’ were nothing more than shouting matches and often times brethren would leave out of anger. Today he said that the meetings are respectful and he owes that to the seminar. As I have stated time and time again; our goal is to help them become more Christ like and less dogmatic. We are seeing the sister’s becoming more proficient in their ability to teach and their understanding that teaching children is a noble cause. I continue to be pleased with the work that is taking place within the villages. In the past several years the number of preachers on American support has nearly been cut in half which is good. One of the dilemmas that the church will have to solve in the next generation is this: do we value the work of a preacher enough to pay him a living wage? There are 4 preacher training schools right now in Cameroon and my fear is that in 10 years we will have all of these preachers with nowhere to go. Of course, their knowledge will help them be good leaders but I do not see a glut of churches all of a sudden changing regarding their giving as it pertains to a preacher. One of the things I am going to discuss at Saturn Road is the next 30 years. Obviously what I have to say will be based on my opinion and it is highly unlikely that I will be alive on this planet in 30 years. The major question I ask is simple: are we headed in the right direction and the answer is YES! Does that mean that our involvement will stop anytime soon? NO! Your part in this ministry is of great significance to the Kingdom and we need your continued prayers and financial assistance. We always need regular and one-time contributors to the Cameroon Mission Fund. If you can help, please let me know.
February 26, 2015 6:00om-6:00pm CST
I will see Linda in less than 4,000 seconds. Took off from Paris about 90 minutes late and the flight was fine. I primarily read on this trip although did do some work on the computer. Landed in Atlanta and the line for Customs was very long. By the time I got to the luggage belt my bag was there and I was able to get it on my flight to Dallas with no problems. By the time I rode the airport train to the Terminal I only had about 10 minutes before I got on the plane. When I got on the plane I was able to Skype with Linda and Charlie Brown. We are less than 60 minutes from home. Another GREAT trip and I cannot thank each of you enough for your prayers. Louise is home safe and remember to keep Chris in your prayers.