Tuesday, November 6, 2018 3:45pm-8:45am CST
The trip coming over is always a faster trip, that is, it seems faster. You have the excitement of what will transpire but going home is a different subject. You would like to snap your fingers and be there but such is not the nature of travel. In about 3 hours I will head for the airport and then wait until 11:55pm to take off. Landing is scheduled in Paris at 6:30 tomorrow morning. I plan to read when I enter the plane and then wait for a marvelous supper. I will then attempt to sleep until we land. I am overnighting in Paris to get a good night’s rest. Oftentimes I am up for 44 hours before I get to bed in the States and I am a walking zombie and talk incoherently like Teresa Blaisdell. BTW: she is a fine Christian girl although Senior Saint is a more applicable term!
My current calculations are that I will see TMBWITU in roughly 238,000 seconds. Sounds like a lot when you put it that way! At any rate; here is how the day has unraveled. On the day in which I am flying out my hope is to sleep until 9 or 10 am to get as much rest as possible. Last night I did not get into bed until after midnight and yet I woke up at 6:30 this morning and could not go back to sleep. My energetic mind was thinking about all of the last-minute stuff I had to do so I finally succumbed and got up at 7. I have been able to fine-tune my PPT and one of my sermons. I also did some WBS stuff. Louis and Linda Bassay came over at 11:30 and we discussed Noble Age 5 which is the curriculum we want to put into place for teens. Our desire is not to simply give them the plan of salvation but to lay groundwork going back to the initial promise of God to Abraham. We want to help the kids learn how to think for themselves and lay a foundation where their baptism is a starting point for a life of surrender. We began this program when Louis and Linda were in Cameroon but their years at Harding put a temporary hold on it. Mary came around 12:45 as Jean Claude was busy doing something. I needed to speak with her about a women’s seminar that will take place in Bafoussam. We then went out to lunch and I had my last meal in Cameroon until February, Lord willing. Jean Claude did not make it to the restaurant but we had his food put in a doggy bag. I Skyped with Linda and I have been so thankful that the Lord has watched over her and kept her healthy and safe.
The pictures below are from Bertoua; the second leg of our journey. On the left you can see Jean Claude talking to Sandra and on the right some words of encouragement before her baptism. Oh, yesterday I received word that another prospect was baptized in Bertoua! I will begin my Final Howdy tonight and write it in bits and pieces and post it on Friday. I cannot convey my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your prayers and concern for this ministry and the church in Cameroon.