Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:30pm-3:30pm CST
I almost, the operative word is almost, did not know what to do since there was no packing, unpacking or traveling to do today! The computer, however, allowed me to continue to work and have a productive day. Let’s begin at the beginning:
The Lord blessed me with a GREAT night of sleep as I did not wake up until 10! Tomorrow will be about 6:15am but that is OK. Around 11:15 a brother by the name of Victor (he is the preacher for the church in Lagdo where we will be tomorrow) came with the driver who will carry us to Lagdo. It is about 90 minutes from here and the driver’s name is Methuselah. Generally, I am the oldest in a group in Cameroon but not this time!!! The only other time I am with someone older is when I am in the presence of Teresa Blaisdell!!!! We went to a very nice grocery store to buy some water and some other basics such as Mars Bars and Snickers. We got back and had a nice lunch. I dined on some M&Ms, Banana Twinkies, a Snickers and Coke Zero while Jean Claude will had another full meal but he is still growing! The problem is that he is growing horizontally rather than vertically and the primary growth is in the middle, if you know what I mean! He is a REALLY good guy, however! This afternoon I was able to get a lot of work done. Began work on my PPT of the trip and my trip report. Obviously, there is a great deal more to do but at least I have started. I also adopted two new WBS students (adopt is the word we use when we take on a new student). One lives in Dallas and the other in Frisco so my prayer is that at some time in the future I can sit down and study with them face to face. Oh; Victor said they have 20 prospects for us tomorrow. Another congregation is going to meet with us in Lagdo so we are praying that many honest souls are able to be taught. As I have told you so many times; I am not concerned with baptisms but with conversions. Please pray that we have a fruitful day.
While my memory may not be the best in the world; I do remember that what I am fixin to say has been said by me on many occasions. My middle name should be repetition as I know I do a lot of repeating in these Howdys. I am fully aware that the only thing that truly matters is the eternal. Paul will write the following in II Corinthians 4:18: so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. I am also aware of James 5:14 that says our lives are like a mist that appears for a brief period of time and then hits the road. BTW: that last phrase is from a modern speech translation!! I am also aware, as you are; that all gifts come from our Father (James 1:17). Finally, I realize the fact that we should give praise and thanks to God as shown through the leper who was healed in Luke 17:18. That is all “run-up” to this: I am so thankful for the physical blessings the Lord has given on this trip already. Yes, the journey from Douala was long but it was safe and we had no problems. This hotel is wonderful; I have been in many hotels where the lighting was so poor at night that you needed to keep a flashlight in your mouth but this one has an abundance of light. The fridge is quite possibly the best one I have ever seen in a hotel in Cameroon for this reason; it has a large freezer. Most of the fridges have a freezer that will allow you to put 2 Mars Bars and that is it but I can put a 1-liter Coke Zero (actually could put 3) in the freezer and it REALLY works! In fact, I put a bottle of water in the freezer about an hour ago and I cannot drink it because ice does not drink! The A/C was so good that I had to move the thermostat up as high as it would go last night. I will have to do that each evening. The restroom is wonderful in every way and the bed is really comfortable. Now; if everything in this hotel was bad, I realize that I am still a child of God and what is truly important will not change. Nevertheless; I am grateful to the Lord for His blessings. I know you feel the same way as He has showered you.
With all of the travel, I am in hopes that Air France upgrades me to First Class for my flight from Paris to Dallas on May 31. I am not saying I expect that but it would be a nice way to end the journey! I called Linda a while ago and caught her at Chili’s with Michael and his tribe. We will have to wait until tomorrow to Skype.
Pictures below are from yesterday. I will hopefully have some pictures from worship tomorrow. The one on the left is of Ngondere which is a large town where we will work on Friday, Lord willing. The one on the right is a common picture as the women are hard workers. Jean Claude and I are both well and thank you for your continued prayers.