Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:50pm-3:50pm CST
We concluded the last day in this area with 4 Bible studies, 1 baptism and 2 restorations. As I state in virtually every campaign; I am fully aware that baptisms and/or restorations today do not determine the success of a campaign. I can check back in 1, 2 or 5 years and learn if the fruit has grown.
Day began at 7:45 and was a ‘normal’ routine. The Lord has blessed us with a great hotel and A/C, Fridge, good bed and great shower. We left at 9:45 and Victor, the preacher of the Kanadi Church of Christ came to collect us because the place cannot be found easily. In fact, the picture on the right below is taken just beside the church hall. We are up quite a way and I would hate to fall down the side of that hill. We began teaching 2 prospects and one of them by the name of Suzane was baptized. You can see her below. I mentioned that two were restored and we feel very good about both of them. We taught a 3rd backslider and we do not hold out hope as she is locked into a charismatic church. If you have ever dealt with them you know that they are on an emotional/subjective plane and unless you can get them to use their brain and not their heart; there is no hope. We pray that our judgment of her is wrong. One of our studies was sad because the woman wanted to be baptized. She said, however, that she had to get permission from her husband. Only God knows how many women will spend eternity in hell because of husbands that kept them from the Kingdom. It is easy for an American to argue that following Jesus is more important than listening to your husband (it is). The reality here is that a woman who disobeys her husband may be flogged or sent from the home. Generally, they have no skills to earn a living so they are at the mercy of the husband. We had an afternoon service and then I met with 8 preachers. Richard Sutton had helped them with a project to buy and sell corn to help with the work in the North. Due to timing issues; they will begin to sell in another number of months. The sacrifices that these brethren make are great. We came back to the hotel and had our last supper here. I had a bunch of emails and worked to get them fixed. Lord willing, I will Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma in a couple of hours.
- This is the beginning of the rainy season but with the exception of a few drops in Douala, it has been dry. Jean Claude did say that it rained hard last night but I was sleeping.
- My modem was not working last night and the Wi-Fi at the hotel was so poor that I could not Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma but only talk with them. Jean Claude had it fixed so I should have no trouble tonight.
- Even though the North is still French; the names are more difficult here. Oftentimes it takes some time for me to learn to pronounce a given name.
- I think I have mentioned this but we are always teaching with at least 10 brethren watching and listening. Today was no exception.
- We left last Thursday to come up here and it seems like a month ago. That journey was REALLY long. Thankfully our trip tomorrow should only be 7 hours or so. Isn’t it pathetic when you think of a 7-hour journey as short? Of course, compared to 35 it is!
Linda is still struggling with her help and I appreciate your prayers for her. We are both fine and looking forward to our journey tomorrow. Thanks for your continued prayers for us.