Back in La Mé
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
23Trip End Feb 04, 2013
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Where I stayed
Ibis Abidjan Plateau
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Read my review - 3/5 stars
We drove out to La Mé through light traffic. We arrived around 08:00 and met with the members in the village. The ladies were already preparing a meal for us. This is such a central part of African culture and customs of hospitality.
We sat under the little shelter and talked about many things: recent in events in La Mé, possibilities for the future, world events, history, prophecy, background to books of the Bible and much more. They appreciate the chance to ask questions of anyone who has more background information to provide for them. It felt it was an encouraging discussion. At 10:00 the ladies served us food, cassava and fish in tomato and onion sauce for me, rice and fish in tomato and onion sauce for the others. They were being kind to me, but I actually prefer rice, so I ask if I could have some of that and they laughed and so we shared everything together.
The shelter we were under was borrowed, so they ask if I could provide some help for them to build a little shelter of their own for their Sabbath services. It’s difficult to have the services in their mud-brick houses here, because they’re small and dark and much encumbered with their sparse worldly goods, not many by our standards but houses are tiny too. It’s much better to sit under a light shelter made of split bamboo with a roof of leaves. It’s cooler, brighter and more conducive to a service. A simple small shelter of this type would cost about 70 US dollars to complete, materials (including a concrete floor) and labor. That seemed quite appropriate to me; especially since I still had some funds members had given me in the States and in Europe. To those of you who contributed (this isn't a plea for contributions, by the way), you can know that your help was most encouraging and filled true needs.
Our church association has been working on a 501C3 charitable institution which we hope to have running soon, and which will be able to receive donations, issue receipts and fill such needs for our less-material-blessed members.
We continued talking and fellowshipping until about 1:00 pm. The local mini-pharmacy was open then and I went to buy a few things for a member who has malaria. She was still present and participated as well as she could, but her head hurt and her stomach was upset and she said she was very tired. That sounded like malaria. I had prayed for her already, but wanted to do what I could at my level, and was happy to be able to get her some tabs for the malaria, some ibuprofen for the pain, and some vitamin C to help her get her strength back. All that cost about 6 dollars; and what a big difference it will make for her. Instead of toughing it out as they usually do, sometimes for weeks, this should have her back to close to normal in less than three days. I told her to stop taking the ibuprofen as soon as the pain stopped and that she could save the rest for future needs, and the same with the vitamin C.
We drove back through the Abobo quarter, and area that saw heavy fighting and a lot of damage during the recent culmination of the civil war. It’s a popular quarter, teeming with people on the lower end of the economic scale.
I also noticed a very bashed-up taxi on the road to Abidjan, still apparently functioning, although the driver may have been on the way to the shop.
I was back at the hotel by late afternoon and worked a few more hours on my laptop. Tomorrow should be departure day (though one can never be completely sure until the departure actually happens…).