Friday, May 24, 2019 10:25pm-4:25pm CST
We had 12 Bible studies and no seeable fruit and yet this may have been one of the best days of any campaign. Let me explain; we first taught 8 school age children. We knew going in that they would not be baptized as they would have to get permission from their parents. We are looking long-term and we relished the opportunity to spend hours in sharing the Word. They had some really good questions and we had some really good Bible answers. Only time will tell what the future holds for these kids. We then taught a prospect of Margaret, who is the wife of Olivier who is one of the leading members of the congregation. The church meets in their house. I do not have a good handle on her as she was quite definite in her denominational beliefs. We then had a discussion with the church about what they could do to grow. As we were leaving 3 more prospects arrived so we taught them. Their names are Nelson, Patrick and Lorita. They were English speakers and Jean Claude and I tag teamed in teaching them. While they did not immediately request baptism, they had good thoughts and said they had never heard some of the things we were teaching. I am talking about fundamental things such as the fact that baptism is a burial. While you can never forecast the future, I felt good about the study.
Let me begin now at the beginning of the day; due to the fact that we knew our prospects were children and workers, we did not leave the hotel until 1pm. This morning I was able to do some more writing on my report, do some more work on a Bible class and fine-tune my PPT of this journey. It, of course, is not finished as we will work in Bertoua on Sunday. We knew that once we left it would be too late to eat supper so we ate lunch at noon. I had buzzgetti for the 5th day in a row (I can eat something I like over and over again) but Jean Claude switched to fish. Everything was delicious. I have explained above what happened once we left. I just was able to Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma. Yesterday they went on a field trip and today they had Buddy Day and she is shot! It was good to see them!
- I cannot overstate something I have said at least once if not twice in previous Howdys; the learning that the members are receiving as we teach is invaluable.
- Below you can see the large Mosque that is beside the hotel. If I spoke Arabic, I could tell you what they are saying!
- I am currently reading through Deuteronomy in my daily Bible reading. If you are familiar with chapters 28-30 you know that God basically says two things to His people: 1) If you obey me, I will bless you in ways you cannot believe. 2) If you disobey me, you will have troubles that you cannot believe. I bring this up for the following reason; in each lesson we share with a prospect we begin with the reality that the Bible is the Word of God. They all say they agree but once you compare their beliefs with God’s; most stay in their denomination. If you recall; God’s people tried His patience over and over again. He continually was begging them to repent but so often they refused. We are calling people to repent but we realize that ultimately; they make the call. For all who say no we continue to pray that they will change before they take their last breath or the Lord makes His return.
- The kids pictured below had a blast looking at the pictures on my phone and then ‘hamming’ it up for the camera. They are so cute!
We are scheduled to leave for Bertoua at 7:30 in the morning. It is about a 7-8 hour journey. Unless you have not been paying attention; you are aware that none of our trips are short. I am still hoping that Air France will bump me to First Class from Paris to Dallas! Jean Claude and I are doing well and we look forward to the trip tomorrow. Well, kinda! Thanks for your continued prayers.