Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:30pm-1:30pm CST
There are certain times in your life that stand out as special. Wedding day, birthdays, birth of a child and especially, the birth of a grandchild! Well, about a week ago our granddaughter Alex was born again! Yes, when she entered this world it was a special time but when she entered the family of God through baptism; that is a whole different level. Our son Michael had the privilege of baptizing his daughter.
It is only about 111,000 seconds before I see the most beautiful woman in the world!
I never cease to marvel at God! Obviously, there is no way that we can remotely fathom His glory. I am convinced, as well, that we do not see the innumerable blessings that He showers upon us. As I think back over the past 2 weeks I see blessing after blessing. Primarily I see the Kingdom of God strengthened and the kingdom of Satan weakened. To be sure, we all have much more work to do in the vineyard of the Lord but we thank Him for allowing us to be workers at His side. Let me share some of the glaring blessings. 1) Fellowship with great brothers such as Jean Claude, Vincent and Henry which are shown below. Without these guys, the campaign could not happen. Not only does Vincent do a great deal of planning before the campaign but each of them are hard workers. They always have a smile on their face and a Christ like spirit in their behavior and speech. 2) Peace of mind in knowing that as the children of God; we have nothing to worry about. I am not going to tell you I never worry but I can say that there is no need. With God as my helper, I have nothing to fear. 3) Being surrounded by faithful Christians who show the love of Christ in their lives. There is no way that I can convey the love we feel. In previous “Howdys” I have spoken about the impossibility of describing certain roads. The same is true of our loving brothers and sisters.
Let me share the day with you. The day we leave to come home can be frustrating because I am never able to sleep as long as I could. I had set my alarm for 8:30 but could not make it past 7:30. Figgered I might as well get up and did some final packing. Got on the internet and checked email and looked at some of the things happening in the world. Jean Claude was supposed to come over at 10 and he promptly showed up at 10:15. He had somewhat of a valid excuse because his watch was an HOUR late! He and I had to go down to the phone company to take care of some business. It was raining but we got machines with umbrellas and had the joy of riding on the wrong side of the road. It is always enjoyable to go against the traffic and find out what a Salmon understands. I had to give my birthdate at the place and the girl said we had the same birthday. She was born in 1982 and I said that out loud and she was not pleased. We then went to buy postcards and back to the hotel to collect the others for lunch. Had a delightful time and make it back to the hotel around 2:30. Vincent had to say good-bye and head back to Muyuka. At around 4:45 we headed down and the hotel van took us to the airport. We arrived at 5:30 but would not let us into the part that has A/C until 6. Once in we had a short wait and then got our boarding passes. Went through Customs with no problems and Kurt & Andrew had went ahead of us. Mike, Jan and myself stopped and enjoyed a nice cold Coke and Andrew seemed disappointed when we got to the gate and gave him the news. I found 3 electrical outlets and one of them worked which was all I needed. I worked for a while and then they herded us out so we could go through security. After I had sat down Jan called me and they allowed me to go where she was. She had purchased a couple of glass encased spiders and they said that the glass could be used as a weapon. I pleaded with the man and said: she is an old woman and that did the trick. I learned from JS that old age can be an asset! The plane is scheduled to take off at 10:45 and land in Paris at 6:30. We will then have a 4 hour layover before our flight to Atlanta. I am going to close this part of my missive and will write more later. Oh, the picture on the left below shows how high up the truck we road to Matoh was as Andrew is 6’3″. If Linda had to dismount from this vehicle she would need a parachute!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 8:30am-1:30am CST
I have made a lot of progress as it is only 72,000 seconds before I lay my eyes on a gorgeous woman! Thank you for your prayers for Linda. She is feeling some better and will get the results of the blood test and X-ray tomorrow. We began the boarding process last night and ultimately left about 20 minutes late which isn’t too bad for this flight. The pilot drove fast and we were only 5 minutes late. Had a great meal on the plane (are there any other kind) and then slept for 3+ hours. As I have gotten older I sleep a little bit better on planes. I am not sure if I have ever been through security more quickly than today. We had already said good-bye to Mike and Jan as they are flying straight to Houston. They only live 10 minutes from the airport. Bought some gifts and will wait for another 45 minutes before we go to the gate.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:35am-7:35am CST
We are at the 50,000 mark! Have been in the air for about 3 hours with 5 more to go. We hung out in a part of the airport that had some nice, soft chairs. It was like Cameroon in that I tried 3 electrical outlets before I found one that worked. Was able to catch up on email and surf the web for a while. Went down to the gate and boarded on time. A slight delay but we are going to make up the time. We are flying under Iceland right now. Not only have I been able to have another GREAT meal but worked on my PPT for our report on July 9 plus did some finishing touches on my trip report. Have also done some reading but now plan to kick back and watch some videos.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00pm-5:00pm CST
Under 15,000 seconds to see the MBWITW! On the trip to Atlanta there was a fine young man by the name of Frank along with his wife and 18-month-old son. We had a good theological discussion and I gave him my card. He said he would email me and I pray he will. We landed on time and cleared customs with our bags in good shape. Then went upstairs and ate at TGI Fridays. Can’t compare with the food in Cameroon but it was still good. We all spoke with our wives and it will be good to get home. Took off on time and are scheduled to arrive at 7:03. Jean Simmons, that wonderful Christian sister, is going to fetch us. I do pray that if you live in the Garland area that you will come to the Buckingham Road Church of Christ on Sunday evening, July 9 to hear our presentation. The service begins at 5pm. I am convinced that you cannot say THANK YOU too many times. As I close, I am grateful beyond words for what the Lord has done over the past 2 weeks. There is no need to rehash as you are aware of His grace. I thank each and everyone of you for the concern you have for this ministry. In all probability, it will be tomorrow before I send this.