Monday, October 15, 2018 11:30pm-7:30pm CST
Here is how the day has been thus far. Got up at 6:30 and Bapp (our daughter) picked me up at 9:45. Rained all the way to the airport but no trouble. Checked in with no problems and plane left Dallas for Cincinnati on time. Short layover in Cincinnati but had enough time to Skype with TMBWITEU (The Most Beautiful Woman In The Entire Universe). Oh, in case you are not sure that is my darling wife! I have just finished the GREATEST meal since this past June. If someone gave you airplane food but you did not know where it came from you would think that it was from a fancy restaurant but the reality is that no fancy restaurant can measure up to airplane (or hospital) food.
Many of you will be aware of what I am fixin to say but others may not. For a number of years (I don’t know how many) there has been some level of animosity between the English and French in Cameroon. About 2 years ago it became a bigger problem but within the past 7 months it has gotten worse. There are rebels on the English side that are causing all kinds of havoc. Many of our churches are not able to worship or if they do; the numbers are quite low. We have plenty brethren who are literally living in the bush for fear and some have had their houses burned down. You do not need to worry about this trip as far as my safety is concerned as I will be working on the French side and there are no problems there. There are a good number who have fled to the French side for safety and only the Lord knows how long this will continue. Please keep our brethren and the country in prayer
Jean Claude and I will be working with 7 congregations and we will do a ton of traveling. I figure that we will spend around 70 hours in vehicles. Our prayer is that we will be able to teach many, win many and encourage many brethren.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:30am-1:30am CST
I realize that Paris is a modern airport but usually the majority of their electrical plugs do not work but I found two immediately (one for my computer and one to charge my phone). I slept about 2 hours and watched 3 movies. Had a nice piece of chocolate for breakfast. Had to go through security again but no problems. We are scheduled to board in about 75 minutes with a take-off scheduled for 10:40. It is rare for this flight to be within 30 minutes of taking off but at least I am most of the way there. I am going to do some correspondence and will write more later. I will hopefully be able to send this tonight.
The quartet below are Bapp’s 3 boys; Will (the tall one) and KB on the left and Cy on the right. Within a few days I will start sending photos of the journey.
It is sooooooooooo good to be home! I am happy to eat my words regarding the flight because it landed right on time. I was able to read and get some sleep on the way. Customs was fine and they have nice A/C in that room now. My bags came out and Jean Claude was there to pick me. I will say that the traffic this time of day is heavy (I mean HEAVY) in Douala. I was envious of the machines as they maneuvered quite well. We still made it back in about an hour. The room I have is very nice and Jean Claude and I were able to discuss a few things. For those of you who have been reading my missives for some years I know you look forward to my “recipes of the trip” because so many have clamored for it. I will admit that this one is not my best because I just brought three things from the States. Here is what you do: take a bowl and fill it with Hormel Meatloaf & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes; then stir in one small can of Beenee Weenees and then a package of Tuna. Yes; if you can add some Pringles, corn and cheese it will be even better but this makes for a tasty dinner. Remember and this is VITALLY IMPORTANT; you eat at room temperature to keep all of the vitamins, minerals etc. from being cooked out. I am pretty much unpacked and plan to Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma in 90 minutes or so.
Thanks so much for your prayers.