Last full day in Lomé

Trip Start Mar 14, 2013
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Trip End Apr 05, 2013


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today the cadence of the trip slowed down a little. I slept well, and had a light breakfast, after which the manager apologized for the dinner crowd the night before. He said it's rare to have all the rowdies in one group at the same time, but the conjunction happened last night. It won’t be like that again, he promised. I worked in my room most to the morning, stepping out just long enough to change some money at a bank nearby. This hotel is located very centrally in Lomé, which is good; there are lots of useful places within easy walking distance.

At lunch time I took a rattle-trap taxi to the Krimas hotel for an Indian lunch. When I told the taxi driver I wanted to go to the Krimas hotel he said thoughtfully, "mm, Christmas Hotel…" When I pronounced it clearly again, he got it and off we went.

I continued work until 3:00 when a member came by to discuss a sensitive personal situation. He had come from a hundred miles up country to be present during my 2-day visit. Then at 6:00 Guy arrived and we drove to his house for the Bible Study. Before the study we had an organizational meeting about our work in Togo and where we should go from here. Guy and Pierre are setting a very good example here and I’m very encouraged by how things are going for this small but committed and dynamic group.

I was happy to see another member who lives in the bush had come in for the study and will stay over for the Passover and first day of UB. The Bible Study was on the subject of overcoming, which is certainly seasonal. Afterwards there was another Q&A session, they are always interesting here.

Following the study and the questions tables were moved outside into the cooler evening air, and we had dinner together. The first course was a raw vegetable salad with a large sea bream and vinaigrette, followed by fried rice with beef, accompanied by soft drinks. We had a very animated discussion with serious questions and jokes, deep thought and joyful laughter. It was a very pleasant evening. Finally it was clear people were getting tired, eyelids were drooping and I knew these were all early risers due to the nature of their work. It’s logical to rise early in Africa, only the morning and late afternoon and evening temperatures allow much sustained y The heat of the day demands rest and reduced effort. So about 9:00 we shook hands all around and said our goodbyes until our next meeting which won’t be until September at the earliest.

Guy drove me back to the hotel through dusty, smoky, but nearly empty streets, a far cry from the chaos of a few hours earlier.

My short visit to Lomé is nearly done. Tomorrow if all goes as planned I will continue on to one of the more challenging stops on this trip:  the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
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Mary Henden on

Hi Joel,

How encouraging that Guy and Pierre are managing things so well with the brethren there in Togo. From the pictures and comments it appears you had a pleasant and happy visit with everyone. We continue to pray for your safety and look forward to comments from your visit in DRC.

Mary

Bernard on

Encouraging news! Hope your trip to Congo is as uneventful as possible. Will be praying for you as usual. Please convey our warm greetings to the Brethren. We love you.

Tess Washington on

Mr. Meeker good to see & read about your pleasant trip to Lome. I chuckled about the rattle-trap taxi you rode in and how you have to repeat a word to the driver so he can understand what you're telling him...communication is such an important aspect of any relationship...once he understood you, he was on to the job at hand!
It is also delightful to know the brethrens' enthusiasm for bible studies...even one who traveled for miles to get to where you are and hear you.

Marguerite Evans on

Glad to hear that your visit in Togo went well, and that you have two responsible men to help in that part of the world. We will certainly pray for special protection on your trip to Congo. Take good care!

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