Friday, February 9, 2018 8:30pm – 2:30pm CST
I think I have been messing up (hard to believe) and putting 7 hours between CST and us. It is only 6 whereas Paris is 7. We finished a great 1st ½ of the seminar. The numbers were remarkably close and consistent. The men’s class in the morning averaged 85 and the sisters 83. The afternoon class averaged 155. The numbers, of course, do not tell the story. That story will not be told for many months and even years. The goal of the seminar is long-term. We want to help the Cameroonian brethren lay a solid foundation. The key words in the previous sentence are Cameroonian brethren. My opinion, you may disagree which is OK, is that too often in the church we do harm in mission work. We do all of the funding, turn the native church into an American one and make them dependent upon us. As I have told you in years past; one of the struggles I have is knowing when to give, how much to give and when to say no. I am confident I make more than my share of mistakes but my goal is to see the church in Cameroon stand on its own feet. I do not want to create a situation in which someone younger than me follows me and then someone later on follows again. I have a great deal of confidence in the Lord and know that He can do mighty things through our brethren. Let me deal with the pictures below and then I will detail the day. On the left is a young man named Terrance who translated for me this week. He is a Vice-Principal in a high school which in their vernacular makes him higher than a Headmaster. As you can see, he is a tall guy. He was a joy and on two occasions rescued me when I had said the wrong thing. I probably need someone like that in the States when I teach and preach. On the left is Richard with Glen Besong. Glen is the preacher for the Farm Road Church of Christ and is a delight to be around. He did a great job for Richard and the two of us could not be happier with these fine Christian men.
Got up at my usual 7:15 but that will change tomorrow. There is never anything of particular interest in what I do in preparing for the day. Richard and I climbed machines and headed for the hall around 8:40 and the ride is only 2 minutes. The down side of riding a machine here versus Douala is there is no excitement. Traffic is not heavy and you don’t need to dodge stuff so it is not nearly the adventure that Douala is. The men turned in their evaluation forms and I have been able to read many of them. They are very positive and I will share some of the comments in the next day or two. Richard is always well received and for good reason, he is a really good teacher. He relates well to the brethren and his exegesis of a given text is always good. After his class we climbed machines again to come back and I went to my room and started packing for our journey tomorrow. Also, was able to get some work done on the computer. We all climbed machines and headed for the hall around 2:40. My class went well and I was pleased for the work done this week. Oh, Lori was very happy with her class today as well. I understand that there is no way to explain what takes place and to help you emotionally enjoy our brethren. Two years ago, my daughter came to Cameroon. One day we were in the hotel and out of the blue she said: dad, you were right. That got my attention because I do not hear that often from my children. I asked her what I was right about and she said that when I told people you cannot understand until you experience it; I was right. Well, today they sung a song that says “You are the most high God” and the words and their passion brought tears to my eyes. Later on, a brother was going to lead us in prayer and he said: let us talk to God which I liked. We climbed for one last bike ride in Kumba and started packing some more. Went down for our last supper and it was like all the others: delicious. I have a various number of things to do before I Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma. We are scheduled to leave around 7:30 in the morning. Please pray that we have a safe and uneventful journey. Please continue to pray for Linda. We are all well and ready to move to Douala.