Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:15pm-2:15pm CST
The North is far less receptive to the gospel than the southern part of Cameroon due to the Muslim influence and a particular denomination that has done a huge amount of benevolence over the years. The Muslims are not radicals but few convert. Due to those facts; I was very pleased with today as we were able to share the gospel with 11 and have 2 baptisms and one restoration. We give all of the glory and praise to God!
Here is how the day went: got up at 6:15 and left the hotel at 7:30. The journey to Lagdo takes 90 minutes and we arrived right on time. The church was already singing and the children’s class had begun. Due to the high number of prospects they only had worship and no Bible class this morning and that went well. The local preacher who is pictured below with his wife did the preaching and I assume he did a good job. There is a local dialect so he was speaking in French and another brother translated into the dialect. The singing was excellent and we had a good worship. You can see the congregation below. We had 95 in attendance today and the fellowship was delightful. After the worship we sprung right into teaching. One of the first prospects I taught said he wanted baptism and was headed to the water when he changed his mind. While I wish he was serious; I would prefer he wait instead of getting wet. I pray the seed that was sown will ultimately bear fruit. We had some of the ‘normal prospects’ who are locked into their beliefs and even the Word of God cannot change them. After we finished with the prospects, we had our afternoon worship and I preached. I had Jean Claude translating into French and another brother translating into the local dialect. It does give you some extra time to think about what you are fixin to say. We then made the journey back and arrived at 5:30. I was able to get a good shower and the water was lukecold which is OK. Note: my spellchecker says that lukecold is not a word but it is!!! After a hot day the last thing I want is a hot shower. We ordered supper and ate around 6:30. The hotel food is delicious and we enjoy visiting about the day as well as the work in Cameroon. After Jean Claude went to his room, I began cleaning up things such as pictures on my computer and doing email. I am able to get so much work done because of the internet and the computer versus the early years when I traveled to Ghana and then Cameroon.
- You will get a kick out of this. I asked one prospect how old he thought I was and he said between 100 and 125. Can you imagine what he would have said about Teresa? Probably pushing 200!!!! The other prospect said 70 and since I am 69, I gave him a treat. Not really!
- While we were teaching most of the church stayed until the afternoon worship. During that time some sisters had prepared food for everyone.
Please pray for Linda. She was able to go to worship this morning but she is not feeling well this afternoon. Jean Claude and I are both well and looking forward to working with 3 more congregations tomorrow. Thanks for your continued prayers.