A day of rest in Mauritius

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2011

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Gold Crest Hotel

Flag of Mauritius  ,
Saturday, April 16, 2011

Since I went to be early last night, I was up early this morning to finish my preparations for the day. We were have our church service in the home of Jacqueline, a member who lives on the outskirts of Port Louis, and I needed directions to get there, so at 9:45 Mr. Prodigue dropped his wife to guide me to the right house while he drove on in their car. They had found a simpler route than the one we had taken the previous time we went there. I think I will be able to find my way without help next time.

Streets in Mauritius tend to be narrow, and there is often quite a bit of traffic. With limited parking, cars will park on both sides of the street, which requires a slaloming back and forth to avoid hitting stationary vehicles. One drives on the left which requires some personal recalibration. All that is to say that driving is an interesting and challenging activity. Fortunately for most of the above reasons, drivers in Mauritius are not usually in a hurry and are pretty laid-back and cooperative.

We began the service at 10:30. After the hymns, I passed along lots of greetings, gave an update on various things, and then a sermon. We were ten people in all, including Mr. and Mrs. Prodigue who have come from Reunion for the next few days. After the service we talked about all sorts of things while some of the ladies set lunch on the table. I was told it was a typical Creole meal: green salad, rice and lentils with hot sauce (there should have been tomatoes too, but they've become very expensive of late) and barbecue chicken. It was very tasty. After lunch and coffee we continued our fellowship. Jacqueline's house is on a hill, so there is always a breeze to take the edge off the heat. There is also a nice plunging view toward Port Louis.

We talked a great deal about world events, especially the recent earthquakes and tsunamis. Since they live on a relatively small island, volcanic in nature, in the middle of a large ocean, they take earthquakes and tsunamis (as well as typhoons) very seriously. We had all been struck by how quickly seemingly stable situations in our world can change abruptly and unexpectedly. We discussed world politics including the seething unrest in the Arab world and how that might set the stage for future events foretold in Bible prophecy. We also talked about the terrible problems in Cote d’Ivoire that may finally be calming down. This led to a discussion of the problems with many autocratic governments in Africa. They asked my opinion on Mr. Obama’s reelection chances.

We finally left about 4:00 pm, but were happy to know we would see each other again tomorrow.

I had another great Indian dinner and was able to talk to my wife on Skype for a good long while. Although we’ve been using VOIP programs for years, we’re still amazed at how well we can hear each other on a free call, from opposite sides of the world. We spent many years having to count the minutes (which used to cost one to two dollars each) when we would call home from Europe or when I would call home from Africa or Asia. To be able to communicate at virtually no cost is still amazing to us.
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