Seminars and Caterpillars
Trip Start Feb 13, 2011
30Trip End Mar 14, 2011
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Justin was much closer to on-time and we rode in the taxi to the hall, fare: $3.50 for a twenty minute ride. We arrived right at 09:00 when we had agreed to start, but there weren’t many there. Justin told me some have to leave hours early to reach this hall by bush taxi and taxi, so I can’t really complain, though it is frustrating to go to such lengths to get here and then only be able to have so many useful hours in the day.
We started at 09:45 with a new seminar subject. Today it was the topic of the character needed for leadership. This was very interactive with lots of participation and input and it seemed very interesting to those present.
This is a group that found us on the Internet and came to us as a group already formed with certain understandings and practices. They carefully observe the Sabbath and the annual Holy Days, and have been eager to put into practice new things they have learned. I have visited them quite a few times over the last five years and among other things we’ve discussed dietary laws and I knew we were on the same page as far as the major issues are concerned, but I never thought to ask about caterpillars. I mentioned to them Leviticus 11:41-42: “And every creeping thing that creeps on the earth shall be an abomination. It shall not be eaten. Whatever crawls on its belly, whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet among all creeping things that creep on the earth—these you shall not eat, for they are an abomination.”
They thought for a moment and one responded “yes but this kind of caterpillar doesn’t crawl upon the earth; they always stay up in trees.” We will obviously have to revisit this passage and their understanding of this particular topic. Such are the challenges of working in areas such as these.
Around 14:00 the sky grew very dark and the power went out, meaning there were no lights in the room. It wasn’t possible to easily read and there was obviously going to be a heavy rain storm. I called the meetings for the day so that everyone could reach their home before dark. Rain slows transportation down quite a lot and some are already riding for several hours each way to reach this hall.
There was a heavy storm that lasted half an hour. We waited quite a while beyond that for the taxi to make it through the rain and traffic jams, before I could ride back to the hotel for the day.
Tomorrow will be my last Sabbath on this trip and my next to last day. I’m getting eager to return home!