Conference in Buseruko
Trip Start Feb 13, 2011
30Trip End Mar 14, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hotel Dolce Vita Resort
Nathan, Moïse, and Mr. Mundeli were at the hotel before 08:00. I asked Mr. Mundeli how the trip down to Burundi and the night had been. He told me that security had been doubled at the Rwanda-Burundi border. Because Burundi has a peace-keeping contingent in Somalia, to the north of Kenya, Muslim extremists in Somalia have threatened attacks on Burundi, just as they recently carried out a bomb attack in Uganda for the same reasons. So at the border, guards went through luggage and personal baggage twice.
On arrival we shook hands with the dozen leaders who had come from the three congregational groups here in Burundi, and went into the church building made of mud over a woven wood framework.
We started the meetings once again at 1:00. Mr. Mundeli gave a presentation which clarified some doctrinal differences we have with Seventh Day Adventists, which is is the background of a number of people in these congregations.
I had planned to leave by 15:30 to leave us a safety margin to be back in Bujumbura. The soldiers that guard the road are supposed to pull out at 18:00, but they often do so earlier. But there were so many questions that we didn’t end up leaving until 4:30. We said goodbye until tomorrow when we would be back to discuss baptism with those preparing for it, and drove back.
We passed many bicycles overloaded with pineapples. It’s the season now and men are biking into Bujumbura to sell them. A pineapple can be purchased for the equivalent of 25 US cents around Cibitoke and told for two are three times that in Bujumbura. So each pineapple can bring as much as a 50 cent profit.
On the way we tuned in the BBC world service for part of the way and to Radio France International for the other. The hot topics in Africa now are the civil war in Libya and the brewing civil war in Côte d’Ivoire. Khadafy’s Libya has been involved in most Africa countries, buying good will with oil wealth, so people are wondering how events there will affect them, and they’re also wondering what the changes occurring might mean for them. People living under autocratic governments are dreaming if revolution in their own nations.
We arrived back in Bujumbura just as the sun was setting. We parted for the evening, so I could get some office work done, and agreed to meet again tomorrow morning at 7:30.