Meetings in Kinshasa
Trip Start Mar 26, 2012
32Trip End Apr 29, 2012
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Justin and Jacob came to pick me up at 09:30 for the short drive to the hall we often rent for church functions. I won’t have a weekend here in Kinshasa, and so won’t have a formal service with the members here, and I wanted to get together with those who could get free on a weekday morning. We started a little after 10:00 by singing a couple of hymns and a prayer in Lingala, and then I gave greetings from other areas and a news update of what’s happening in our association both in the HQ office and in the French-language operations. Then I gave a brief Bible Study about the upcoming spring festivals we’ll soon be keeping.
They arrived back at 1:30 and around a table in the garden behind the hotel, we had a three-hour meeting to go over the documents and analyze the local situation for planning purposes. We discussed local needs of which there are many, did some budgetary planning and went over some financial accountability rules.
It was an effective session and I feel we got a great deal done. I said goodbye to Justin and Victor as they left, I won’t see them tomorrow; Jacob plans to drive me to the airport.
About an hour after the three of them left, two young adults, Loïc and Claude came for a visit. They are thinking of baptism and had many questions they wanted to ask. We sat around the same table as before talked for two more hours, until it began to get dark. As I walked them to the front of the hotel, they said they really enjoyed having the time to talk to a minister, especially since my visits are only 2 or 3 times a year. It was a very pleasant meeting.
I’ll have a quick dinner and make it an early night tonight. Tomorrow I need to be ready to head to the airport at 7:00 to make sure we have time to make our way through the post-apocalyptic traffic to the airport. If all goes as planned tomorrow I should arrive late afternoon in Nairobi and spend a short night there on my way to Mauritius.