Friday, November 2, 2018 10:30pm-4:30pm CST
Well, trip #84 is all over except for the long journey home. It has been a great campaign. If you were to keep statistics regarding your church attendance over a long period of time you would have one date that had the largest attendance and one that had the least. Well, we were able to teach the gospel to 26 precious souls and 17 of them gave their lives to Christ. %wise; this was the best campaign I have ever had. Now, as I have said countless times before the true success of a campaign is based on the long-term faithfulness of the new babes. That, of course, cannot be measured at this time.
Got up around 7:45 and was not scheduled to leave until 10. That gave me some time to get caught up on a bunch of stuff. We left and got to Bangante around 10:55. For the first 90 minutes there were no prospects and the rain began falling for about 3 hours. The brethren said that would keep the prospects away but finally Francis came and we taught him. He joyfully accepted the gospel and is the man on the left below. I then taught a 17-year-old by the name of Lovelind. She was very serious for a girl of that age and was also baptized. You can see her in the middle. We then taught a young man named Livinus and while he said no today; I am very confident that this young man will become a child of God. He had been worshipping with a charismatic church and knew enough Bible to know that what they were teaching was false. A friend (a brother that I taught and baptized 4 years ago) invited him and he told us that he was so happy with the teaching. He could see that what we were saying was all Bible based. I would be very surprised if I do not hear soon that he has surrendered his life to Christ. We then had a very encouraging worship service. About 25 in attendance which is excellent for this small church. After the service Jean Claude got up and had Francis and Lovelind come up so we could meet and hug them. The weather for the natives here is considered cold (you notice I said the natives) and Jean Claude told everyone to come up and shake their hand but first to rub their hands together repeatedly so their hands would be warm. I skipped that and just hugged them both. Trip back to the hotel went well and we enjoyed a good supper. I then had a nice shower and have been running around like a chicken with his head cut off. To tell you the truth; I have never seen such a thing so maybe I was and may I wasn’t! At any rate; I am almost packed and fixin to Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma. Jean Claude says his back is fine and appreciates all of your prayers.
- Jean Claude said that he slept like an old frog last night. I asked him if that was good and he said yes.
- The schools on the French side are exploding with kids from the English side. In fact, school after school is popping up.
- The picture on the right below is of Raphael and Gregory. They are two of the leaders of the Bangante church and both are school teachers. They each have over 20 people living in their houses and most are displaced brethren from the English side.
We head out at 7 tomorrow for Douala and should be there by noon. Please keep our travel in your prayers and more importantly, the new babes and congregations we have left behind. I do not fly out until Tuesday so still have some things to write in the coming days. Thank you so much for your prayers.