Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:30pm-2:30pm CST

Dear All:

I don’t know if I am crazy or not but I noticed yesterday that there is a 7 and not 6-hour difference between us and CST. I know there has been no time change in America and I am sure of the same here so evidently, I simply was miscalculating earlier. For those of you who know me it will be hard to believe that I made a mistake. Actually, that was my first mistake since my last one!

Day began at 7:15 after another good night’s rest. Richard and Lori said they both slept well and for that I am thankful. Nothing out of the ordinary until Richard and I left the hotel for the hall. Yesterday was a public holiday and you could tell a big difference in the traffic. We have to walk across the street to catch a machine and the walk is exhilarating. The two times that Linda has been here she loves to cross the street and dodge the traffic. It is a challenge and she is a girl who likes to be challenged. Richard’s class went well. The brethren this year are asking more questions in Douala than in Kumba. If my memory serves me right (and I never forget anything) the Kumba brethren usually talk more. Julien and Martin brought Richard and I back to the hotel. I had a “working lunch” but even then, I am careful to eat healthy. I had a Kit Kat, 4 Oreos and a Coke Zero. If you will take the time to look at the ingredients you will be shocked to see how jam packed this stuff is with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin Q (builds your IQ), Vitamin R, Riboflavin, Phosphorous, sodium and mercury! I went back early to meet with Paul (the preacher of the Bertoua Church of Christ) and Rodrique (The preacher for the Yokaduma Church of Christ). Primarily chatted and wanted to know how their works were going and what could be done to enhance them in the future. I then took the photo of Paul along with his wife Rose and son Preston. They are a great couple and true servants in the Kingdom. I then had my class and it felt as though it went well. Climbed machines with the 3 amigos and hopped into the shower as soon as I got to my room. My water from the shower is either scalding, and I mean scalding hot or cold. Well, I prefer a cool shower to burnt skin plus I was hot from the day so it felt good. I then went down to Richard and Lori’s room and we had another feast. I had one of my famous dishes and added some green beans that Lori had bought in Douala and the food was deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious. Do different stuff since I got back to the room and will Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma in about 50 minutes, Lord willing.

Miscellaneous thoughts:

  1. For those of you who have been reading my “Howdys” for some years; I understand that you are getting the same Pablum, for the most part as in the past. For you youngsters who do not understand the word Pablum you need to talk to an elderly person like Teresa Blaisdell. Now that is one elderly girl. She is, however, a good one! At any rate; I was blessed beyond measure today regarding machines. First, picture a road with two lanes on each side and a median. The traffic was so heavy that we climbed the median and blew by those poor people in taxis, cars and trucks. Second, picture yourself on the right-hand side (the correct one) of the road and machines are coming towards you on your side. It is so wonderful! Third, for a short period of time my driver did the same thing and I know what a Salmon, swimming upstream is like.
  2. I really do want to thank each of you who have been praying for Linda. The Lord has been so good to us and one of the ways He blesses us is through brethren like you. Today one of the sisters by the name of Ruth told me that she prays for me every day. It is a true blessing to be in the family of God.
  3. The seminar is nice for a plethora of reasons. One of the serendipitous blessings of the seminar is that you get a nice break during the day. You get to come back and change into a T-shirt and shorts and enjoy the A/C.
  4. Even though the holiday is past; we had an excellent attendance today with 38 men in the morning, 36 sisters in Lori’s class and 61 in mine. If you are new to these blogs you may wonder why Kumba had such higher numbers. Well, there are literally 4 to 5 times more congregations on the English side.

We are all well and looking forward to another great day tomorrow. We continue to say THANK YOU for all of your prayers.

In Christ,

Jim Corner

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