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.
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.