Saturday in Lomé
Trip Start Mar 26, 2012
32Trip End Apr 29, 2012
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This morning Guy arrived a bit before 10:00 for the drive to his house which, due to the heavy traffic and poor state of many city streets, is over half an hour away. The heat had increased noticeably as the memory of yesterday’s rain receded. We drove over washboard sand streets and some new repaved streets in good condition. We passed shops of every description, many displaying their wares right out on the sidewalk. There were masses of motorcycles, many of them taxis and vehicles ranging from new to old and literally falling apart.
Just as we arrived at the Ahialegbedzis’ home, the power went out once again, but not due to any rain: the sky was bright and clear. A power outage is not an unusual occurrence, so preparations are available in virtual permanence. Guy quickly brought a large battery, and changed the wiring over, so that the fan (much appreciated in these temperatures) and the CD player (for hymns) would run on DC battery power instead of AC. We started as soon as the glitches were regulated.
After services we shared a meal the ladies had prepared: a raw vegetable salad with boiled egg and vinaigrette, followed by rice and a bean casserole with a local variety of snapper, broiled. It was copious and very tasty. We talked about all sorts of things as we ate. The recent history of our Church going back 60 years or so, current events, plans for the future and so on.
After the meal and conversation I set up my laptop to show photos of the history of our church movement going back to the 1940s, as well as photos of previous trips of mine through Africa. Then I offered to answer any questions they had and this turned into a Q&A Bible study for both the adults and the children.
The adults asked questions about our organizational structure and some points of prophecy.
The children asked the harder questions (isn’t that often the case?):
- If Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned, would we still be living in the Garden of Eden?
· If Satan hadn’t rebelled, would God still have created people?
· Why are there both Passover and Easter (jn French the words are very similar, the difference is only between singular or plural: Pâque or Pâques.
When we finished our group discussion, several members asked to see me individually to ask advice or for help with personal situations. Since I can only visit twice a year on average, the chances to talk are not frequent.
By the time we were done, the sun was sinking in the sky and the day was beginning to fade. I said goodbye to everyone, and Guy drove me slowly through the congested, potholed streets of Lomé to the hotel. The manager of the hotel had told me, yesterday of a special chicken dish on which he was working, which wasn’t on the menu, and asked if I’d like to try it. I had agreed, so he had it ready at 7:00 pm, the normal French dinner time. It was delicious. This little hotel is really a gem; it’s basic, but inexpensive, and the food is very good.
Tomorrow we’ll make a church visit in the morning and have a leadership seminar in the afternoon.