February 5, 2019 8:30pm – 1:30pm CST
I am not an overly emotional guy. Several times a year during the Lord’s Supper; for reasons I cannot explain, I will tear up and the cross simply hits me in a greater way than usual. I bring that up because while I know I am a child of God; it was brought home in an emotional way this afternoon. Just before I began my class, we had a prayer and the brother said; be with your son as he begins to teach. I cannot explain why but when he stated that I was God’s son, it hit me in a most positive way. I know I John 3:1 well but it came to me in a special way today. Indeed, all of us who are children of God have a blessing that cannot be defined or understood.
A dear friend of mine emailed yesterday and pointed out that I had not given attendance figures. Yesterday we had 22 sisters in Louise’s class and 25 today; Don had 37 yesterday and 47 today. I had 62 yesterday and 67 today. Due to the Crisis and inability to travel, I would be surprised if these numbers change much for the balance of the week. I doubt if they will go significantly higher or lower. I am really pleased with those who have come and feel that the seminar is going along well. Please continue to pray for our brethren on the English side because they are truly suffering.
A synopsis of the day is as follows: got up at 7 with an 8:30am departure. Will discuss that in #2 below. Don’s class went well. The bike race is now over and they have gone to Nkongsomba and will then go to Yaoundé. These are serious bike riders. Went to lunch at the hotel restaurant and all had spaghetti. Don commented that it was as good as Olive Garden although he did miss the bread sticks. Louise was happy with her class as are her students. Went over my lesson before we left for the afternoon. Since the bike race is history, we had no problems in getting to the hall. Actually, were quite early but got to participate in some GREAT singing. In my class I finished with Discussion Questions for the entire class and they participated well. Martin brought Don and I back (Louise was having a meeting with some sisters) and then he brought Louise. At 7 they came down to my room and we enjoyed snacking. Visited for about 90 minutes and Louise got on my computer and did some email. We looked at the YouTube “thing” called Nail In The Head. If you have never seen it, by all means do! It is only 1 minute and 42 seconds but worth the comedic relief.
In a couple of hours, I will Skype with Linda. Thank you for all of your prayers. Yesterday she said she felt OK but was very lethargic. Please continue to call and visit her.
- I had a real blessing yesterday. A convert of mine from Tiko was at the seminar. His name is Peter and I taught him in 2014. He is currently at a Bible school studying the Word of God.
- You should have seen the traffic this morning. We left the hotel at 8:30 but only got a short distance until we were stopped. Then finally moved and went all over Douala seeking a street where we could go through. At about 9:20 (we were supposed to start at 9:00) we got as close as we could and took a machine for a short distance and walked the rest of the way. When we informed Louise of this at lunch she said: oh, I feel so bad because I was in a nice air-conditioned room. She did not have a nice laugh when she said it. Then coming back for lunch, we finally got two machines and the ride was exhilarating.
- As it pertains to the just finished paragraph; I am more convinced than ever that my wonderful sister-in-law Ellen needs to come to Cameroon to ride a machine. At first, we would have to give her a serious tranquilizer and tie her to the machine but with time we could lessen the dose and loosen the ropes. After a period of time she would be clamoring to ride!
- The picture below is of the class this afternoon. This was during a singing part just before I got up.
Thanks for your continued prayers.