Friday, October 19, 2018 8:30pm-2:30pm CST
I am at a loss as to how to begin this missive because I have two thoughts in mind so I will have 2 introductions:
- Whew!!!!!!! With the exception of Wednesday, I have been traveling non-stop since Monday. I figger that I have traveled for roughly 39 hours! Now I am really tired! Will go into detail in a minute.
- I have finally arrived in Africa. I say that because the Elephant Hotel in Yokaduma has great potential but as a famous football coach once said; potential never won a game and another coach said; potential means you ain’t done it! Will talk about that in a minute as well.
Got up at 5:30 after a really good night’s rest. Left Bertoua around 7 and it only took 8 ½ hours total to get here. My all-time record for this one-way trip was 17 hours! We had a couple of minor problems but nothing worth writing about. I did have a great breakfast of Pringles, Apple Juice and some caramel covered peanuts. Check the total nutritional value from all of these and you will understand why I am so healthy! Just drank water on the way. Going back to #2 above; they have a generator and they put it on and it stayed on for at least 2 minutes. Then they worked with it and this time it stayed on for about 10 seconds. Finally, I think all is OK because it has been working for several hours. There is a serendipitous blessing to no electricity; I know my sweat glands are in good shape. One other thing: I spelt serendipitous the first time without my spell-checker ‘yelling’ at me. We have no water but bathing is overrated; at least that is what my darling wife says! Oh, I actually had a fairly cold Coke with my meal tonight. We ordered chicken and since they had none they found 2 innocent chickens and took care of them! Rodrique ate with us and the balance of food left over he took to his family. While we were eating it started raining REALLY hard. We were blessed with no rain coming and the figure of speech that Jean Claude used was: we didn’t meet rain on the way. We were both happy that that was the case.
Below is a picture of a house near Yokaduma. I am amazed at how happy the people are when I think of all of the complaining we do because for some reason; we had to dry the clothes twice (and I don’t mean on a line). BTW: ask one of your grandkids what a clothes line is. I will Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma in a few hours. I am actually going to relax as I don’t have to get up until 8:30 in the morning. Our first prospect is at 10am so please pray that we have a fruitful day.
We are doing well and thank you for your prayers.