Rwandan Camp: Day 4
Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
26Trip End Aug 02, 2009
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We arrived in Runda shortly before 9:00 and found that the night had passed well for everyone. We started right on in Christian Living. Doc went first with a presentation about Proverbs, specifically "going to the ant." I took the second half-hour around the theme of “you reap what you sow,” to encourage them to consider the consequences of their actions, and to think ahead.
At a little after 10:00 we took them out to the football pitch to start the sports activities.
Lunch was the same general menu as on previous days.
From 2:00 to 3:00 we played our ultimate game of ultimate Frisbee. Patrick Mundeli got his team together to chant a special cheer which ended with “invincible.” Being on the other team, I teased him about the wisdom about bragging when one takes his armor off not when he puts it on. He laughed good-naturedly, as always.
The last activity of the day was as series of relay games, that we sometimes call crazy Olympics.
Greg Swartz: finished up a few questions he had left.
I answered a series of questions about how men enter the ministry, by what criteria they are chosen, and how elections work for positions of responsibility within our ministry in UCG. Daniel Harper covered the last question: “Do we really have hope of eternal life with our Father?” He answered it succinctly and well.
At 5:30 we stopped and let everyone go about their preparatory activities. I asked Mr. Mundeli to make sure we’d have the electricity working tomorrow morning at 9:00 for the seminar we planned to have.
I had been mistaken about the mandatory municipal service schedule. I thought it was the first Saturday of each month that such service was required, but it is actually the last. So tomorrow from 7:00 to 11:00 everyone in the country will be expected to work on some municipal improvement works (filling potholes, clearing roadside gutters, cutting brush etc). To ensure the church members from Giti would be allowed to pass, Mr. Mundeli would have to go up to Giti to accompany them with official documents about our Church registration and beliefs about the Sabbath. Sabbath keepers are allowed to do their service on Sunday. So he will leave at 4:30 for the drive to Giti; we hope they will all arrive by 9:00 in Runda. Dan and Cindy are eager to see Giti and asked if they could go along in spite of the early start. It was agreed that Mr. Mundeli will pick them up at the Bloom at 04:30.
We had planned to visit the Mille Collines hotel for an aperitif (the top-floor restaurant is not open as the hotel is being refurbished) and then go to an Indian Restaurant nearby for dinner Friday night, but considering our fatigue level and the early start we will make tomorrow, we decided to eat at the Bloom. We stopped briefly near the hotel and bought some water juice and bread we’ll need for breakfast tomorrow with our early start.
We had hoped that eating at the Bloom would allow us an earlier night, but after ordering at 7:30, we weren’t actually served dinner until after 9:00 pm! So much for our early night!
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