Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:30pm-4:30pm CST
I am in the air and ready to tell you what has transpired so far. A disclaimer; for those of you who are reading my blogs for the first time you will quickly discover they are mostly fluff. My darling daughter, for example, looks primarily at the pictures and pays not attention to what I say. Kind of like when she was a kid! Got up at 5:30 and was ready to leave by 6:30. Andrew and Amanda came over at 6:40; Bapp (that would be my daughter) at 6:45 and Kurt and Jean at 6:58. Amanda and Jean were not interested in going to the airport to see their hubby’s off as they had more important stuff to do. Think of it; mine didn’t either. A couple of slow places on the way to DFW but nothing of consequence and we arrived in plenty of time. Got checked in fairly quickly and went through security and to our gate. Times have really changed as many years ago we would visit at the airport but each of us were on our smart phones. The balance of the team is Mike and Jan Degge and they are flying directly from Houston to Paris so we will see them tomorrow morning at the gate. Flew from Dallas to Atlanta with no problems. Had a 2+hour layover so Kurt and Andrew grabbed something to eat. I am waiting for this marvelous, wonderful and fantastic airplane food. Since this will be the first time that I have posted to Facebook I am going to say somethings that you old-timers have heard. When I was a kid it was cool to say that the food at the school cafeteria was crummy. Personally, I loved it. In the same way hospital food and airplane food is among the best in the world. I was watching an episode of The Rockford Files some years ago and a guy in a disparaging way said of airplane food: there are some people who like airplane food and ask for seconds. That is me and anyone who understand fine culinary delights. Supper is headed my way so I need to stop. I have my priorities in line and will write more later.
The cute kid below on the left is our first granddaughter, Alex; she is the baby sister of the kid I posted last week. She is now 12 and will be a dreaded teen in 6 months! The other three are Dean and Bapp’s kids: Cy, Will and KB. That picture is 5 years old when they were still cute! Grandma will not like that line. The kid on the right is Junior. Don’t know why he was unhappy.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 2:00am- Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – 9:00pm
The times above are approximate. We are still over the Atlantic but getting close to the country of Ireland. We will go just below it and then to the southern part of England on our way to Paris. We are currently about 1 hour and 40 minutes from landing. Going back to the statement above about supper; it was deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicous. My spellchecker says that is wrong as I think I put 2 many ‘e’s’. Not sure how grammatically correct that is but, oh well. I have actually been able to get about 3 hours of sleep. Just went up to check on Kurt and Andrew. Kurt was watching a movie so I didn’t bother him but Andrew said he had not slept at all. We will have a 4 ½ hour layover in Paris. We are scheduled to land in Douala at 4:05 this afternoon. Thursday will be our only day to relax because once we head towards Kumba on Friday; we will be on the go without much rest.
We are working with the following villages: Small Ekombe, Bai Manya, Kake II, Nkamalikum, Barombi Koto, Matoh, Matoh Butu, Diongo, Malende (Kumba), 3 Corners Fiango, Ekona, Mamu, Malende, Bombe, Massue, Muyuka, Ekata, Likoko, Munyenge and Yoke. I have authorized my beautiful wife to give a nickel to anyone who can correctly pronounce all of those names. Anyone from Cameroon is exempted from that reward! I am not concerned about you naming those places each day in your prayers but keep the work, in general, in your prayers as I know you will. The Cameroonians working with us are Jean Claude, Vincent and Henry. We are excited about sharing the gospel with the lost and in fellowshipping with our brethren. I am going to stop now and may or may not write at the airport in Paris. Will try and write at least one more time and will publish this once I get to the hotel in Douala.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:45am-12:45am CST
We are at the gate in Paris. Landed on time and got through security fairly quickly. Was at the gate at 6:40 for a 10:40am departure. Mike and Jan should be here in about 90 minutes or so. Andrew and I had breakfast. I am a stickler for healthy eating so had a Chocolate Chip Cookie. If you know anything about them; they are filled with vitamins, minerals and good stuff like that. Teresa Blaisdell is also very health conscience so she is regularly asking me for information. Flight to Douala is about 6 ½ hours. They will feed us lunch and then usually you get some chocolate or something like that before you land. Don’t have a lot more to say so will sign off for now. Thanks for your continue prayers.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 8:00pm-2:00pm CST
We have arrived! As you can see, there is a 6 hour time difference from here and the CST. The flight left Paris about 40 minutes late but the pilot made up 10 minutes so we were only 30 minutes behind schedule. Flew through Customs but the baggage was later than usual. Brussels Airlines also had a flight come in and that may have been part of the reason. It was looking as though Kurt and Andrew would not get their bags as Mike, Jan and mine came off fairly early. Fortunately, all bags were retrieved and we hopped into a van with all of our luggage and ourselves. Mike and Jan felt right at home because it reminded them of Houston with no A/C. Nice rooms at the hotel and Jean Claude, Mary and Martin had a prayer with us. I have got a lot of stuff to do so will sign off. Thanks again for all of your prayers.