Friday, June 22, 2018 10:00pm-4:00pm CST
I cannot remember from trip to trip how much I brag on the success but it appears to me that I have been saying more positive stuff about this journey than any before. We have finished the majority of the campaign with 37 Bible studies & 13 baptisms but that only speaks of a fraction of what the Lord has been doing. Let me begin with the start of the day and go from there; got up at 7:15 after another good night’s rest. Have not had any more “pie” dreams but hopefully I will have one soon. The team has breakfast each morning but I skip it to avoid excess calories. They have been enjoying their time together. We left around 9:15 and got there at 10 or so. I continued my class from Wednesday and taught on forgiveness today. Had a good and lively discussion. Oh, I just finished my last “mini Mars bar” and the last of my Cokes. This hotel has been extremely nice. No power outage a single time and everything was great. While I was teaching the others were with prospects. This congregation has been amazing as we have stayed busy for the 4 days we were with them. Mike dealt with questions from brethren today and Jan taught the sisters. Chris and Candace stayed busy with prospects. Below left you will see a new brother in Christ named Emmanuel. Chris taught him the gospel and the young man joyfully went to the water. On the right is Simon, Julien and Vincent. On the way home, the taxi that took Julien, Mike, Jan and Chris got lost. They left before we did but arrived at a later time. Still we were all able to enjoy a final meal together. When we leave in the morning we say goodbye to Simon as he lives here and once we get to Douala we say goodbye to Vincent as he will head to Muyuka. We went back to the hall at 3 and all of us were immediately put to work. As I had stated in an earlier howdy (I think), I was concerned about whether or not 5 Americans could stay busy for this entire trip. Truly Nkoabang was a blessing to this campaign. I spoke this afternoon regarding Jonah and drew 4 lessons that we learn from the prophet. Traffic was heavier today than in the past and it is wonderful to watch the expertise of these drivers. Once we got home I started packing as I want to be ready to go in the morning. We are leaving the hotel at 6:30 so I need to get in bed earlier than usual. I do need to Skype Linda and also call KB (note #3 below) to sing to him and wish him a happy birthday.
- You will be happy to hear that I have been sharing my Double Stuff Oreos. It is not an easy thing to do but I am trying to be disciplined.
- Cameroon is making me soft. I have been taking showers with hot water and will have to readjust when I get home. Since Linda’s last trip to Cameroon she said and I quote: “hot water is a luxury and we do not want to be snobs. Therefore; I am having the hot water turned off.” She seems like a real sweet girl and for the most part is but I have learned over the years not to cross her.
- Today is our 9th grandchild’s birthday and he is 10. His name is KB which stands for Karson Andrew!
- This morning Jean Claude was leading some songs and he pointed to his big belly and said that is why he can sing better than me because his stomach is about 5 times the size of mine. Never knew that the size of the stomach determined your singing ability. You learn something new every day!
We are all well and continue to say THANK YOU for your prayers. Sunday is our last working day and we are excited about worshipping with our brethren. Each of us will be at a different Douala congregation.