We are here--all of us--and working hard. And all but 2 of our bags have arrived.
Jennifer, Bryan says to tell you he tried to call, but none of the phones seem to work for international calls. The same message goes to all of you who love us and are wondering where and how we are. All are healthy.
Yesterday we worked hard for a couple of hours, unwrapping and sorting chairs by size and setting up work stations. Then 25 people were fitted with chairs, mostly children.
One Muslim family had a little girl who screamed with terror--probably about so many white people surrounding her. Silas, one of our Cameroonian team members, wheedled her attention with toys and silliness. She became somewhat calmer so that a chair could be provided for her.
As her family left, they intended bypassing the pastors' counseling area. But Silas led them in and since they knew him now, he was the one who presented them with the gospel. They listened more and more intently and then were willing to accept a Bible. Silas offered for a pastor to pray with them, but only if they wanted it. They did.
Over the course of the conversation, their demeanor transformed from hesitant and resistant to leaning forward eagerly to hear more. At the end, they said they wanted Jesus and were glad for Pastor Alfred to follow up with them.
That is why we are here. Chairs are good, but temporary. Eternitywith Jesus is real and forever.
P.S. to Laurence's boss. She wants you to know she is working hard. I tried to upload some photo, but the internet is too slow this morning.