Hurry up and wait: layover in Paris

Trip Start Mar 24, 2010
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Trip End Apr 12, 2010


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

I'm off on my spring trip to West and Central Africa. Marjolaine drove me to the airport yesterday so I could catch the 6:20 pm flight. I was just on the return leg of that flight about 10 days ago, and it was much the same crew. I may be traveling too much when I start recognizing the cabin crew members! The flight went normally, and we arrived this morning about 07:30 which was 2:30 in the morning in Cincinnati: a very short night.

This trip will take me first to Togo, for the start of the annual church festivals. During my stay, I’ll also hold three days of leadership seminars for men from Togo, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire. Then, if Air Ivoire allows me to respect my schedule, I’ll fly to Abidjan to try to visit the fledgling congregations that are developing in the west of the country in the region of Man. I should have the last holy day in Abidjan and then fly to Cameroon where I’ll again hold leadership seminars for the local leaders in that country. The time from start to finish of this trip should be a little less than three weeks.

Because I’m a frequent flier, even though I fly coach, I’m allowed to use the business class lounges. They can get crowded and aren’t always as comfortable as one might think, but they do provide snacks, reasonably comfortable work places and (usually) Internet access all of which are appreciated. I’ll have few more hours to work here before catching my flight to Lomé. It will be interesting to see the situation in the city. Presidential elections were held about a week ago, and the results were hotly disputed, with the usual accusations of fraud (the President of this desperately poor country was re-elected with a very large majority). There were demonstrations/riots in Lomé. Hopefully things will be calm during my stay so we can get done all that needs to be done.
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hervedubois
hervedubois on

Hi Mr Meeker,

We pray for your safety and that everything goes smoothly for you in Togo, Benin and Ivory Coast.

maryhendren
maryhendren on

Hi Joel,

You have laid out a rigorous 3 week schedule of visits, classes, and the Holy Day observances. We will pray for you, especially that events unfold favorably! No doubt you will have some touching and encouraging experiences that assure you your efforts are highly valued. Thanks in advance for the photos and comments you share that remind us of a bigger picture.

Regards,
Mary

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