Catch-up day in Kigali

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


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Today was pretty much an office-work day. I had a bit of a surprise at breakfast when as I was pouring myself a cup of coffee, behind me I heard someone say "Jo-el!" It was Emmanuel, one of the staff members at Chez Lando, and also one who follows my travel blog. He enjoys talking with Greg Swartz when he's in Rwanda and with me when I’m here. I’ve been staying at Chez Lando for quite a number of years and I know many of the staff here, and they recognize me too and always wish me a warm welcome.

During the morning I got caught up on e-mails and other office work, and began writing my weekly letter to our French-speaking members. At lunchtime I took a taxi into town to Khana Kazana, an Indian restaurant I enjoy. I asked them to put what I didn’t eat in a box and gave it to the taxi driver who was waiting. I stopped briefly at the Nakumat supermarket (a chain that stated in Kenya) in the center of town to buy a few items including some candy to distribute after the meal we’d eat on the Sabbath. It’s not much, but even a piece of candy helps make a day memorable for the children and for many adults too.

Back at the hotel, I finished the letter and got the proofread copy back from Bernard Hongerloot, read it one last time and sent it off to our mailing list. I was able to talk briefly to my parents and to my wife on Skype which was a much appreciated connection with home. Easy, inexpensive contact with home is a great blessing on these trips now. It used to be we’d have to pay up to $5.00 a minute for a phone connection which obviously limited our talk time. Now we can talk for nearly free if the Internet connection is reasonable.

I called Innocent to make sure he was coming in the morning with the 4WD and he confirmed that he was.

I’ll turn in early since tomorrow will be very full and will really not end until Sunday night.
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Mary Hendren on

Hi Joel,

Great to see your latest blogs pop up along with pictures. We're glad you had time to catch up on work. Everybody texts? How connected we are. What a benefit to have Skype and an inexpensive way to keep contact with your family. You are in our prayers.

Mary

Tess Washington on

Glad to read this blog Mr. Meeker. No hassle and no nerve-wracking road and driving conditions! Truly, our times and generation are different from any other times & any other generation as to form of communication and being instantly connected even in remote places of the world via satellites! Like now, reading your blog and being able to post these comments is an awesome form of communication!

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