Monday, October 24, 2016 10:45pm-4:45pm CST
Let’s begin with the good news! Had 6 Bible studies today and 3 accepted the Lord Jesus! I will confess that I can get ‘caught up’ in baptisms when our mission is to preach the gospel. The parable of the sower demonstrates that the majority who hear the Word do not respond in either an initial way or in a way that leads to lasting fruit. I realize you cannot use the 25/25/25/25% as a rule. The issue is that most will never give their life in such a way as to bring them to Heaven. We are just pleased that the Lord is allowing us to work in His field.
I have a dilemma and I need some help. Many of you are aware of “dual citizenship”. For example, our preacher’s second son was born in Canada when they were doing mission work so he was a citizen of Canada and the US. Well, can you have dual membership within the church? You see; tonight, at church after the service the preacher got up and pronounced that I am a full member of the Nkoabang Church of Christ. I guess I will have to alert my elders that I can no longer be a member of the Buckingham Road Church of Christ! Wish I knew how to put a ‘smiley face’ in these blogs.
Here is how the day went: arose at 7:30 having slept straight through the night. I forgot to tell you yesterday that the previous night it rained seriously. The only reason I know that is because Jean Claude said so. Why do people stay up at night to watch rain? We were picked up by a brother named Joscelyn at 9. The trip to Nkoabang is a hoot. Traffic was not overly bad and we made it with no problems. I taught the gospel to two young ladies. The other day I spoke about a ‘gut feeling’ and I don’t have one for either of these girls. I can see them going in either direction. I just pray they will accept the Lord and I know the church will follow-up with them. Jean Claude taught a young lady who was baptized and one of the other brothers taught and baptized another. We came back for lunch at 2:20 and enjoyed our time together. Had to leave again at 4:15 and once again, had no problems. Really enjoyed our worship tonight. In the picture on the left you can see the church hall. There were about 30 tonight and on Sunday they pack 70 inside! They have started building a hall next door and are ready for the roof. As many of you know; we do roofs when we have the money but we have 3 churches in front of them that we have promised a roof to. It will be next Spring (I think) before all 3 get done. The roof for this congregation will cost between $3,000-$4,000 and I don’t have that money at this time. I pray that they will be able to manage. The message was well received and the singing was great. Said our goodbyes and got some pictures. Below right is Simon with his family. This is a really great brother. I took a shower once I got back and am trying to tie up a bunch of loose ends. Still need to Skype with Linda and Charlie Brown. I am trying to get to bed by 11 as I must get up at 5. Don’t think I will make it. As I told you the other day; we hope to get the 8:45 plane to Douala and if that does not work; it will be 12:45. The flight is only 45 minutes but I would like to get back early so Jean Claude can get home and get some rest.
- I am sure you get tired of hearing the same things over and over but I smile so much when I am in a taxi or on a machine. The smiling comes primarily because of how close we come to hitting people or things but fail to make contact. I am amazed that we do not see “fender benders” on a regular basis but the reality is that I have seen very few in all of my years. “Organized Chaos” is one of the best ways to describe the driving here.
- I have been updating you regarding the train wreck. I have spoken to several, including 2 that were on the train (Simon and Nadedge) and they say the government is lying about the number of deaths. One brother said there were 4 cars with at least 100 people each who plunged into a valley. He was there and says that most of them were killed. The government, according to the brethren here, want to keep everything “hush, hush”. Jean Claude says that the Travel Minister will probably be sacked because he authorized additional cars with more people. The cars are supposed to handle 88 but they will put more on for more revenue.
- Simon suffered some damage to his right thigh and will have a scan to see what the damage it. Nadedge had a cut above her eye (you can see the bandage below) and an injury to her shoulder. The doctor thinks it will be OK.
- Oh, I made a small mistake yesterday. The Africa Cup will not be here but the Women’s Africa Cup.
- Last year we taught and baptized a young 16-year-old girl named Rose. She lived with her grandparents who forbid her coming to worship. She would come and study with Simon after school and they finally sent her out of the house. She is now living with Simon and Nadedge. Please keep her in prayer. The hope is that the church can intervene and bring peace between her and her grandparents. Her mother lives in the village and cannot afford to keep her. You see situations on a regular basis here that break your heart.
Hi-tech is coming to Nkoabang. They have a video projector. Tonight, they made a presentation at the end of the service regarding their plan of work for the next year. A young man climbed a ladder to remove a fluorescent bulb to give more light. Now I have touched them and they can get hot but I was surprised to watch how slowly he removed the light. My hand started hurting!
Thanks for your continued prayers.