Wednesday, November 1, 2017 10:20pm-4:20pm CST
This was the first day in which we had no observable fruit. Our goal, of course, is the same as our Father’s in that we want all to come to repentance. As Jesus stated in Matthew 7:13,14 the reality is that the vast majority of all human beings will enter eternity with the devil and his angels. That does not make our Father or us happy but we realize that you cannot force someone to accept the Lordship of Jesus. We had 2 ½ studies today. For those of you who know my darling wife don’t think that the ½ is Linda’s size! The ½ study was not a guy who was the lowth of Linda. I will explain things below:
First, I will start at the beginning. Martin was supposed to pick me at 11:30 so I slept until 8:50. Was able to get a lot of work done this morning. Jean Claude then called and said he would be late and that he and Scott would pick me at noon but that turned into 12:45. We headed for Bonaberi and the traffic was absolutely horrible. They had not eaten all day so we stopped briefly in Bonaberi and they got some lunch. It took over an hour and a half to get from the hotel to Bonaberi. Tomorrow Martin is going to collect me and we will take his machine which will reduce the time significantly. We were in Mujuka today and will be in Kombe tomorrow. Once we arrived in Mujuka we went near the church hall and had a good study with a husband and wife. Their names are Cletus and Blessing. Jean Claude did the bulk of the teaching and while they did not surrender; we felt good about the study. The “1/2” study was a man that appeared to only want to cause trouble. Of course, only God knows the heart so we answered some questions he had but he is not promising. The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion but the devil certainly is. It is both sad and amazing to see how he has confused so many people; many of which are sincere in their beliefs. We learn from Cornelius in Acts 10 & 11 that you can be sincere and lost at the same time. I have argued for years that the majority of those who occupy hell will be good people who failed to follow the Lord Jesus. After our studies we had a worship service with the church. Understand that this is a congregation that is less than 1 year old with only 8 adults. The Charismatic movement is having a huge negative impact on the gospel so I would ask you to pray for this struggling group. We left around 5:45 and drove back to Bonaberi and that drive was fine. The rest of the journey will be described below in #4. I ate in my room tonight and was it great! Tuna, Vienna sausages and Ravioli (all mixed, of course) with some good desert. Just Skyped with Charlie Brown and Grandma. She is feeling better after going to the doctor yesterday. They changed some medicine and she slept well. Thank you for keeping her in your prayers.
1. You are familiar with the saying that every cloud has a silver lining. Well, the “silver lining” in this traffic is that even if you were involved in an accident it would be impossible to get hurt because of the speed you are going. I use the word “speed” in the loosest of ways!!!!!
2. If you are going to “make a call” you launch a call in their vernacular.
3. While I was preaching this afternoon I sweat for the first time while here and it was serious sweat. Part of it was the heat and part because the church hall is very enclosed with little ventilation.
4. I have spoken before about smiling while riding a machine in Douala. Well, tonight I REALLY smiled. The last time I smiled that much was when I was 1 ½ years old and I had just passed some serious gas! We came in the car from Mujuka and met Martin who carried me to the hotel. It was raining small when he picked me but it increased as the ride continued. Even on a machine it is impossible to describe how tight the traffic is. Twice he hit his mirror on another vehicle. I mean, he and the other drivers really understand the statement: up close and personal. You should have seen us weaving in and out; truly a sight to behold. If there is a better driver than Martin in all of Cameroon; I would like to meet him. You have absolutely no worries when he is driving. By the time I got back to the hotel my pants were wet and most of my shirt. That is in spite of the fact that he has a large umbrella that covers the machine. While this is not a scientific fact I would guess that nearly 50% of the machines had both a driver and two riders!
5. Jean Claude was talking today about listening to someone who is English speaking but trying to translate into French and doing a poor job. He said it was like flies in the mouth and I needed him to explain.
6. In a car or taxi it is now the law that people in both front and back must be belted in. If you are not, the fine is 50,000 ($95.24) but you never pay that. You simply give a bribe to the policemen and on the way you go.
7. As I had a few moments today it occurred to me what a blessing it is to share the gospel. While, as stated above, we want everyone to obey it is simply a wonderful thing that the Lord allows us to be co-workers with Him in His vineyard.
We are all well and thank you for your continued prayers.