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.
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.