Friday, June 16, 2017 8:45pm-2:45pm CST
A good, but tiring day. We were supposed to load at 6:30 and depart for Kumba at 7. However, there was massive rain last night and a serious traffic jam on the bridge from Douala to Bonaberi. The only way, that I know of, to get from Douala is across one bridge. If it has problems; you’ve got problems and such was the case today. Jean Claude could not get to the hotel until about 8:30. Some young men helped carry our bags down and we were able to leave by 8:45 or so. As I have gotten older my low level of pride allows others to carry stuff for me. When I was younger I was adamant that I could carry my own stuff. Glad that I have grown in wisdom! You have heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words; I would argue that being there is worth a thousand pictures! The photos below do not tell an accurate picture of the traffic. The one on the left is in front of the hotel. The machines (motorcycles) with umbrellas will sometimes charge at much as 5 times the going rate to keep you dry and people are willing to pay. The one on the right will hopefully give you some idea of how tight the traffic is. I found myself smiling today as we moved through. I believe that one of the objects of the drivers is to see how close they can get to another vehicle, person or any other object and not hit it. BTW: they are very good at their craft. Oh, it took us 2 hours to travel about 15 miles in Douala due to the traffic. We stopped at a few places along the road so Andrew could get pictures of rubber, banana and palm trees. We also stopped in Bonaberi and had breakfast. It was soooooooooooooo good! My spell checker does not know how to spell soooooooooooooo! I had to add it to my dictionary. At any rate, my breakfast consisted of 3 hardboiled eggs, a chocolate bar, an ice cream bar like an Eskimo Pie, some honey roasted peanuts and some OJ. Can’t get any more balanced than that! Stopped a couple of times to buy bread and bananas. Arrived in Muyuka at 12:30 and Henry and Vincent were waiting. Actually, they had been waiting for over 3 hours! From Muyuka to Kumba is a short drive and the hotel is very nice. We all have a fridge and good A/C. The grocery store we shop at is right across the road and we walked over there to buy water and a few other things. Met the preachers at 3 and had a good meeting. We will work with 5 congregations for the next two days and then switch to another 5. I will work at Barombi Koto and to my knowledge, I have never been there. Of course, with my memory I could have worked there last week and would have forgotten. Bought cokes for all the guys and visited for a while. Then went to supper and everything was wonderful. One of the serendipitous blessings (hey, I spelt serendipitous correctly as my spell checker did not go ballistic) of a campaign is the fellowship we have with one another. Then came up to my room and began the task of unpacking and putting stuff up. I then was able to take a nice shower. In a few minutes, I plan to Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma. I am so happy to have this modem as I am able to send with no problems. The hotels in Douala and Kumba have Wi-fi but it is unstable and slow. We are all doing well and looking forward to tomorrow. Please ask the Lord to send us receptive souls and help us to have the spirit of Christ.