Friday, October 23, 2015 8:25pm-2:25pm CST
The Lord did today what He does best: blesses His children. The Lord led Jean Claude and I to teach 6 today with a husband and wife giving their lives to the Lord. They are pictured below: the husband is 24 years old and his name is Maximillian and the wife is 21 years and her name is Joyce. They have been married a short time so no children. I actually taught Joyce while Jean Claude taught Maximillian. We were in adjoining rooms and could hear each other. After a while Jean Claude brother Max to me and we finished together. For those of you who have been involved in sharing the gospel, there are certain baptisms that you feel really good about and this is one of those. I know I mentioned this in an earlier missive but the soil in the West Province is tough beyond words. If you were looking for a hard field this would be the place that you would want to land. Please keep this church and the other congregations in the West in your prayers.
Here is the day: awoke at 7 after another sound night’s rest. I certainly pray I will be able to continue to make that statement. I did not eat breakfast this morning as there was no time. We arrived in Bangante on time and the church was there to meet us. All of the church was on one side of the building with Jean Claude and I on the other. I mentioned that to him and he said it was a sign of respect. I have to remember things such as that as I like to be called Jim and I don’t need any extra respect. I am thankful for their love of OLD people! I can only imagine the level of respect they would give to Teresa Blaisdell. We sang about 6 songs, had a prayer and I preached. We then began teaching prospects. My first prospect was a man named Cyprian. He was very intelligent but my sense (I hope I am wrong) was that he was not serious. I thought the study went well but when I discussed it with Jean Claude tonight there were some signs that led Jean Claude to agree regarding his level of sincerity. Fortunately, we are not God and we are praying that we have misjudged him. I then began with Joyce and as you know, that ended up in a very positive way. We walked about ½ mile to a stream. It was barely deep enough for immersion but barely counts! We then went back to the hall and spoke some more with Max and Joyce and then left for Bafang. It is about a 1 hour journey and it was uneventful. We ordered supper and then I went to my room to begin packing. I had a steak again tonight and if they were not so expensive I would buy a pair of Nikes; put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 3 hours and then take the soles, put some A-1 and Heinz 57 on (I always use both) and see how they taste. The steak was very nice and we enjoyed our time together.
1. It is cold (I use the word in a very loose way) in this part of Cameroon. What that means, of course, is that the temperature is wonderful. Martin, however, would freeze to death.
2. I found out from Jean Claude that Martin has a nickname and it is Bangose. No idea of the spelling but the “o” is a long o sound. Not much different from Bapp. Her nickname is Stephanie; don’t know why people use such a funny name but they do. I prefer to call her by her given name.
3. I meant to say this the other day (actually I may have) but I am wondering if the machine drivers are not all color blind. That would explain why they blow through red lights.
4. After our worship this morning there was a sister to my right and she inquired of the state where I lived. She said she was from New York and I could definitely hear an American accent. Well, New York is not exactly an American accent but it is close. She is an English teacher here for 10 months teaching in a university in Bagante.
5. I heard some news this morning that truly brought me to tears. One of the leaders of the church is named Raphael and he is a Headmaster (Principal) of a local school. I have known him for some years. A few months ago his wife was crossing the street and she was struck by a vehicle and killed. She was also carrying twins and they died as well. I understand that accidents happen everywhere but this is so sad. Please pray for him and his two children.
6. Thanks for your prayers for Jean Claude. He is feeling well. He will go to the doctor when he returns to Douala. Today he spoke with a doctor who is a brother in his congregation. His name is Fred and is completely familiar with Jean Claude’s history and says that there is nothing to worry about.
7. I want to say something about the internet. I think after the first day or two I said some things that were not overly complimentary. The reality is that the connections are getting better and better. I have had no problems in connecting and the speed is 3G. I have no idea what that means except that it moves pretty fast. I remember the 9.6 dial up modems we use to have and this is REALLY nice. It would be like going back to a 286. If you did, you would be tempted to commit Harry Carry!
8. Have I ever told you what a fantastic sister Teresa Blaisdell is? She is such a wonderful example of what a Christian looks like and I can only aspire to her level of greatness!
9. I have noticed that the names of the towns we are working in set off my spell checker. Go figger!
I plan to Skype Linda in about an hour. She has been having different grandkids stay with her so she will not be lonesome and I think it is working. Yesterday when I Skyped her she looked at me and inquired regarding my name! At any rate; tonight the 3 Rosnett kids (Bapp’s boys) are spending the night so please pray for her! I don’t know how to put a smiley face in the text or I would. Tomorrow is our longest journey as we will travel from here to Yaounde and then on to Ebolowa. It will probably take a total of 8-9 hours. We work in Ebolowa for 2 days. This is the church I mentioned in an earlier Howdy that has a great deal of strife. Please pray that healing can take place. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.