Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:15pm-3:15pm CST
We were blessed with another great day. Attendance is growing slightly with 38 men today vs 34 last year; 32 women vs 24 last year and 69 in the afternoon class vs 47 last year. We have 24 congregations which is over ½ of all of the French congregations but they represent about 80% of all of the French members. I will talk about my class today in a few minutes but want to highlight something stated in my class yesterday. We all agree that teaching about service, evangelism, modeling Jesus et al is much easier than doing it. As leaders, we want to continue to model our lives after that of our Lord and thereby making great strides in helping our brethren do the same. I have personally never had much difficulty in preaching but a large amount of difficulty in doing what I tell others to do.
Had another good night’s rest and woke up at 7:15. Since I shower at night it takes far less time in getting ready. I have Glaucoma and have to put drops in each morning and a few other things and that is it. Didn’t get on the internet this morning but will find out later what is happening in the States. If the past is a prelude to the future with our new president; we are in for a roller coaster ride that will put all of the coasters at 6 Flags to shame. Julien and Martin are pictured below and they picked Don and I at 8:30. Louise has it easy as she just walks down one flight of stairs from one A/C room to another. Jean Claude lobbied me on Monday to let the men have the hotel room but he was wasting his breath. If those men ever had that room they would ‘pull rank’ and the sisters would never see it again. Don and Louise both felt that their classes went well. At lunch, they went back and I had one meeting. A second was canceled so I climbed a machine and rode back. Had a very healthy lunch but I ain’t telling you what it was because you would be envious and jealous and both are terrible sins. We went back to the hall for my class at 2:30 and I think the timing will work out. We are still unclear regarding when we will head for Kumba. It would be quite surprising if the strike is settled anytime soon. We will actually not know until Friday whether we will travel on Friday or Saturday night. I broke the class into groups at the end of my lesson and they will finish their answers and present tomorrow. This afternoon Louise met with Glory, Mary, Pauline, Gisele and Nadedge (the French village sisters) to plan the next number of months regarding 1) Where they will work and 2) the translation of Noble Age 4 into French. They spent all three hours there but I am somewhat skeptical that they just didn’t want to hear me teach! Trip back was easy as always and we ate supper in the hotel at 7. Everything was delicious. I will Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma soon. Oh, the other picture is of Makolo Luma who preaches for the church in Tiko. He has been there many years and is doing a really good job. Thanks for your continued prayers.