Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:30pm-4:30pm CST
I have officially arrived in Africa! As you read further down you will know why I made that statement. Let’s go back to the beginning of the day. Awoke at 6 with a 7 departure time. Martin had a flat on his machine which delayed Jean Claude but he was at the hotel by 7:25. Did not take an extra-long time to load and while we were standing outside a marching band came down the street. The guys asked Jean Claude if they could snap (take a picture) and he wagged his hand no. There were policemen present and you cannot snap them. We took off and went through Bonaberi which is a suburb of Douala. They are doing some extensive road work that once finished will be very nice. We stopped at a place to get some breakfast and off we went. I had 2 hardboiled eggs, some Cashews, Pringles, an ice cream drumstick, an Eskimo Pie type of ice cream and some Orange Juice. I try to eat a balanced meal and talk about balance! The trip to Kumba was smooth. On the way we picked Vincent and Henry along with a child of one of our preachers who had been schooling in Muyuka. The picture on the left below is of: Patricia (Vincent’s wife), Zuriel (Vincent’s youngest son), Vincent, Ken, Esli (Vincent’s oldest son) and Kevin. The other picture is of Jean Claude doing what he does best! I might add that Louis Bassay also is a champion sleeper! Arrived in Kumba with no problems and then continued on to Ekondo-Titi. For those of you who have been on this road before (especially last year) you know that it can be quite muddy. Well, no mud and about 20 minutes from our destination we heard a significant noise from the bottom of the van. Ken says our Trans-Axle was broke. I don’t know what that means except you can’t go. We were by a Police stop and one of the Policemen was so nice and called to Ekondo to send 3 taxis. We got everything plus ourselves into the taxis and off we went. We are staying at the Philrose Hotel which is very nice. When I first went into my room it was cold but then the power went off. They have a generator and we paid to fuel it but it cannot run A/C. Felt very “Houston like” for those of you who have been to the muggy city. Shortly after we arrived the rains came. You can multi-task here by standing out in the rain and doing your laundry and shower at the same time. Later Kevin came to my room with the handle to his shower in his hand. That is not a good thing to hold unless you are actually in the shower. The preachers were supposed to come at 3 but the rains delayed them about an hour but we had a good visit. I will work in Lobe for the next 3 days. We certainly ask that you be in prayer for us and those we will teach. Jean Claude and Vincent went to buy water. We were supposed to eat at 6 but it was a little after 7 before we ate. However, it was well worth the wait. They had a buffet for us of chicken, fish, rice, spaghetti and fries. Afterwards I came back to my room hoping that it would have cooled down but such was not the case. I then took a shower. From time to time I will write to you about blessings we have in the States that we take for granted. I would encourage you to pray and thank God for “water pressure”. When we take a shower we just assume the water will flow freely. Do you understand the work ‘drip’. This water was coming out so slowly that I dared not soap up my hair lest the water go off. I have a bucket in my restroom and I had filled it but you know the old song: “There’s a Hole In the Bucket”. Well, there wasn’t a drop of water in my bucket. Later, Jean Claude sprayed my room with some insect repellent. You have to stay outside for 15 minutes so Kevin and I had a good visit. I was able to Skype with Linda and she is having a stressful day. A number of things are going her way so if you have 5 minutes, please give her a call. She is such a blessing to me. I still have a few things to do so will sign off. We are all doing well.