A special day in Mauritius

Trip Start Mar 26, 2012
Trip End Apr 29, 2012

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

I slept in yesterday and truly enjoyed it. I had some time in the morning to slow down, read and think. At my late breakfast I noticed out the window that the market was a food market, so I took a minute to walk down and admire the play of color in the fruit and vegetables and the varieties of people, dress and activities. Mauritians are usually relaxed and friendly. When people saw me with a camera, rather than turning away or exhibiting anger, or hostility as would be the case in much of Africa (where almost everyone believes that a westerner with a camera is going to make a fortune from his photos on the backs of the poor Africans) they act as if you're not there, or even smile and pose for you without extending a hand for a "tip" afterwards.

At 1:00 I started the drive south again for services. On arrival and after greeting everyone, I set up my laptop so I could record the sermon to be shared with other French-speaking areas. Most of us sat around the dining room table for our service. We sang hymns, had an opening prayer and then I gave some news about our ongoing efforts as a church association. The basket was passed for our offering, and then I gave a sermon on the topic of suffering; the example Jesus set for us, and how we can learn from the times when we go through physical or emotional pain, especially for doing what it right.

After the service we sat on the terrace, from where we could see the ocean in the distance, and had a cup of coffee with delicious small pastries filled with banana preserves. We enjoyed each other’s company and conversation on many topics; talking about the organization of our fall festival this year, revisiting the topics we had discussed the night before about blessings we’ve enjoyed, discussing how the world has changed since our youths some positive and some that sadden us, talking about our families and many other things as well. It was very pleasant and restful. The fellowship continued until the sun neared the horizon, when I realized I had become so engrossed in the fellowship I had forgotten to take any photos....

We agreed to meet for a picnic tomorrow. We’ll drive down to Flic en Flac, the usual festival site here, and look at a few hotels that might be usue as well as sharing a meal on the beach. We’ll have to look for a calm spot as it will be Easter Sunday. The island is about 70% Hindu, but there will still be crowds at the beach as there are every weekend. It should be an enjoyable day.

Back in Quatre Bornes I again ate at the Happy Rajah. It seemed appropriate to eat in a restaurant where unleavened bread is on the menu 365 days a year. I ordered a garlic naan with my meal and it was delicious, not really a bread of affliction….
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Judy Dane on

Beautiful colors of all the markets. Thank you.

Linda Morgan on

Love the pictures you are sending , Joel. How they truly bring us together along with your writings. Looking forward one day to meeting our brothers and sisters. Please pass along our very best wishes for our house to theirs. :) Love, hugs and prayers,

Tess Washington on

Wonderful to know that you had a pleasant time with the brethrens and with the rest of the Mauritius environment today!

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