Sunday, October 16, 2016 9:00pm-3:00pm CST
It rained all night and most of the morning. Actually, I was asleep but Jean Claude said it rained hard with loud thunder but I was unaware. No electricity during the night and it is a blast to do everything by flashlight. What I want each of you to do tonight is turn off all of your lights as soon as it gets dark and unplug your electrical appliances and whip out a flashlight and see how you do. Be sure your Central Air is off as well, in fact, put it on “heat” and have the thermostat at 85. Let me go back to the beginning:
As stated above; slept well and got up at 7:15. Because of the cloud cover it was still fairly dark in the room. Got everything done, however, that needed to be done. We were scheduled to leave at 8:30 for the service which begins at 9. Rodrique called and told us to delay an hour because when the rains are heavy, it takes a long time for the brethren to arrive. The electricity came on just as we were leaving which is not, what you say, good timing. Rodrique sent a car to pick us and when we arrive around 10 there was no one there. The rains really impact the attendance as last week they had 62 but only 29 today. The Bible class began 90 minutes late which was fine. Still had a very good worship and was truly encouraged. I changed up my Bible class in that it was more of a question and answer session on the issue of how to grow the church in Yokaduma. The answers were good but as always, we will have to watch the application. Even in the States we do, in my opinion, a good job of exegeting Scripture but we are weak on doing what it says. The class was nearly 2 hours long. Rodrique led the singing and did an excellent job. Everything is in French on this side including the song books. Let me explain the pictures below: You have Muriel who is the young girl I taught and baptized yesterday. Oh, Jean-darc did not come because of the rains. Her husband had said she would be there this afternoon but she went to the farm. I pray that it was not a convenient excuse. You have Rodrique’s family on the right; the girls are Daniel (the taller of the kids), Eunice and Chris. When I got to church this morning Eunice wanted me to cross my eyes which I was happy to do. Due to the rains, there were no prospects for us to teach today so we came back to the hotel after worship. Jean Claude and I visited for a while and then had lupper or linner. Everything depends on what part of the country you are from. We then went back to the hall and had a prospect to teach. As we all know, it is not always easy to “read” a prospect and our thoughts may be right or wrong. He appeared to be an intelligent young man but I fear that his denominational thoughts are so deep it will take some time to root them out. We then had our evening worship and there were more tonight than this morning. We got our car back to the hotel and the electricity was on. Jean Claude and I immediately began packing! I have done the ‘packing in the dark’ routine but they have not been the most joyous moments of my life. I am now virtually packed and the power is still on. Would be pleasantly shocked if the lights stay on all night but that is the hope.
I want to stop for a minute and thank the Lord for the last few days. It would be easy to gripe and complain but here are the realities: 1) We were able to share the gospel with 3 precious souls and one gave her life to the Lord. 2) We were able to share the Word of God with the brethren on 3 occasions. 3) While there have been outages, they have been staggered so my phones and computer are fully charged. 4) I have had a nice bed with plenty of sound sleep. 5) I have been able to shower each night. 6) I have enjoyed good food. 7) I have been blessed to share time with Jean Claude. I will confess that even though I have spent nearly a full 5 years in Ghana and Cameroon over the past 28 years; I still have too much American in me. What I mean is that I am so used to everything moving smoothly that I complain when things don’t go my way. I certainly have asked the Lord to forgive me as I realize that what I have experienced in the past 3 days is “normality” for the inhabitants of Yokaduma. Wait, I have lived better than they have.
- Last night I thought I had lost my internet and was afraid I had broken my modem. I showed Jean Claude the computer this morning and he uninstalled and reinstalled my modem and it works perfectly!
- Rodrique’s kids are a delight and I have a great time with them. When I first saw Chris yesterday he was not sure of this “white man” but we are now best friends.
- Well, the juice just went off so we may be without electricity for the balance of our stay in Yokaduma. I have gotten spoiled because on the last few campaigns we have had virtually no outages of any kind.
- Put a Coke Zero in Jean Claude’s fridge and it got it real cold. Went really well with some Oreo Chocolate Double Things. The details of the ingredients and benefits are in French but I do know it is all positive.
- I will take my flashlight in the bathroom to shower with. In Yokaduma as soon as it gets close to dark, you locate your flashlight and keep it with you at all times.
- Jean Claude had originally said he was going to go to bed at 8 but there was futbol (soccer) match on so he went to see it. He is now out of luck with no juice.
- I mentioned last time how nice my “lighted keyboard” is and it is REALLY nice in Yokaduma.
- I was able to Skype with Linda earlier and she is doing well which makes me happy.
Please keep us in prayer as we travel tomorrow. Will get up at 6 and hope to arrive in Bertoua by 4pm at the latest. Will work there Tuesday and Wednesday.