Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:45pm-4:45pm CST
The English seminar is defying everything that has been true in the past. Typically, Monday is your lightest day as some are still traveling and Wednesday and Thursday are the peak days with Friday trailing off some. The numbers today were 95 men in Richard’s class opposed to 46 last year. The sisters had 76 while only 32 in 2019. My class had 174 versus 77 last year. I am not complaining; just reporting. You might know that on one of my busiest days I would end up with a long Howdy. Here goes:
Nothing unique about the morning. We went down to order our lunch and made sure Lori was settled in. Traffic was light and we made it to the hall easily. Shortly after Richard’s class began, I went to the hotel to distribute and discuss the evaluation sheets. I also told the sisters that they were more special than the men and they gave me a hearty round of applause. There is a picture of her class below. I then went to get Lori some stuff and did not get back to Richard’s class until it was nearly over. On the way home I told him I had a great experience today and he said: you got a Coke and I said that the experience was going the wrong way on the one-way street. I haven’t figured out if I prefer going the wrong way or riding on the sidewalk. We had lunch at the hotel and it was very good. It is always nice to be able to rest and visit with Richard and Lori. The Crisis has brought a problem; namely that travel on Saturday will be very difficult. The brethren wanted to know if we could let them out at noon tomorrow and when I said yes, they were so happy. I had to condense the last two days of my class into one. It was really hot and on the way home Jean Claude said that I was sweating like a pig. That is an “inside joke” because many years ago some American made that statement to a Christian sister and she said; pigs don’t sweat. She thought it was a funny saying. The end of my class was very emotional for me. I do not have the ability to write in such a way as to convey such emotion. I love this country and the people so much and it is always bitter sweet when it is time to come home. I feel like a ‘snowbird’ who has two homes and I love them both. One of the songs we sung after my class has these words: I am worshipping a can-do God. The way my brethren sing brings chills to my spine and tears to my eyes. Richard remarked today that everything was almost over and that is the way things go. It seems only yesterday I was at DFW but in reality, it was over two weeks ago.
- I was so blessed today as I was able to take multiple machines. One of the drivers was so good. You will recall a few days ago I showed the sign where you could not enter but machines do. Well, my guy blew right through it and coming back we went for an extended distance on a one-way street (going the wrong direction). The next time you are in a large city I would suggest you do that as you will have a wonderful time. Will get some strange or fearful looks from on comers but that is OK.
- Another difference in how Pidgeon is different from English is this; when Richard said the passage says Glenn translated this passage talk say.
- Lori needed me to buy some candy for her as the ladies have been too numerous and they ate more than we anticipated. I found out the hard way that on Thursday the shops don’t open until 10am. At least I had a good excuse to get some extra riding in.
- For you veterans of my howdys you know what is coming after the next statement: I found myself smiling today. Of course, I was on a machine. If someone came here for the first time and saw the traffic, they would be surprised that crashes are not happening left and right. I get to have a lot of close fellowship with people I don’t even know!
- The other picture below is of a dear sister named Lucy. In 2008 when Linda and I spent nearly 2 months here she traveled with us and was Linda’s interpreter. She is French speaking by birth but speaks better English than I do. No smart aleck comments from the peanut gallery!
I was able to Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma. Also saw Aunt Ellen in the background. She has been such a blessing to us. She had emailed me a month or so before I was to come and said she would do whatever she could to take care of her sister. She is aware of the great work that is being accomplished in this country and without Linda’s sacrifice and Ellen’s help this time around; so much good would have been averted. She is going to the doctor tomorrow regarding her stomach and on Monday to do blood work and have a Chest X-ray for her surgery on March 9. She has been cleared by her orthopedic doctor and her Cardiologist. Pray for our brethren who will be traveling tomorrow and pray for Richard and Lori as they finish their classes. I will be doing a lot of running around tomorrow morning to tie up loose ends. We are healthy and thank you for your prayers. I continue to thank you for your prayers for Linda and ask that you call or visit her, if possible.