Saturday in Man

Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
Trip End Feb 04, 2013

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yesterday, the water is still not on. I ask for another bucket of water and when it was brought, took a bucket bath. Franz had left his corner; I didn't see where something that big could hide, I don’t think we could get down the drain. We had agreed to meet at 08:00 for breakfast but Paul was late. Kony went to his room to get him. He was bleary when he arrived he’s been sick all night with stomach cramps and diarrhea and had hardly slept, he said until about 05:00.

As we drank our coffee and at our pain au raisin, the usual people came by and stopped by our table on the terrace: several familiar beggars. One old woman comes every morning, and every morning I give her a coin or two. There’s another with Down’s syndrome; I give him a coin too. There are about 10 shoeshine boys, around 10 or 12 years of age who offer their services. My shoes were clean, so I didn’t need a shine and sometimes the liquids they use can harm leather so I said no. But one little guy was really persistent, he must have really needed the money. I said no several times, but he leaned through the bars of the railing and would have started anyway had I not moved my feet up off the ground and out of his reach.

We drove to the outskirts of the town and to the little church hall they rent for 15 dollars a month. We started a little late, just after 09:00. They sang hymns in French from photocopies they had made. Seussié gave a sermonette: "Where did God come from?" It was solid and scripturally accurate.

I then give a sermon, which I titled “Called Chosen and Faithful” based on Revelation 17:14. These three words allow an explanation on many important things that differ in our understanding from most Christian churches.

After the services, took off my jacket and tie, it was getting really hot now, and I set up my laptop and showed them a PowerPoint presentation with photos of our headquarters office, administration and staff, what Church services look like in other countries, and then a short video of the Feast of Tabernacles in France. This is very useful and encouraging background information for them: a picture is often worth a thousand words.

Following that we had a Q&A Bible Study for an hour; they asked for clarification on some of our fundamental beliefs and also organizational questions both on the international level and for them locally. We took a group photo in the heat of the day.

Then we came back in for an hour-long counseling session for those who had asked to be baptized. I was encouraged to see they were far along in their understanding. These people have been in other Christian churches before; they are not coming from animism, so they know more about the Bible than others we’ve seen so far. I gave them some “homework” passages to study and concepts to think about, and told them I would see them again before I leave Man. By this time it was mid-afternoon, and the heat was so stifling it was hard to concentrate so we had to stop.

We drove back to the hotel. I give some money to the Paul Séussié and Kony so they can get a plate of rice and meat at a street shop nearby. I decided not to chance that; it’s better for me to eat less when I’m not sure of the hygiene. I snacked on some nuts and waited until dinner to eat. Too much street food would be pushing my luck, so far have gone relatively well.

After their lunch Paul and Séussié come back into my room and I showed them two PowerPoint Bible Studies, first on the 7 churches of Revelation and another on historic sits in Israel and Jordan. They were really fascinated. It amazed them that we can actually find the very sites where biblical events happened thousands of years ago, and they sometimes even have the same names today. They study the Bible a lot, but they really never have the chance to see photos of the sites as they are today. We talked for over two hours about all these things. I was encouraged to see their enthusiasm.

At seven, we drove again to: la Différence Plus. This time they had potatoes, so I had French fries with my chicken.

The water was still off, so the hotel staff has given me a second bucket!

Today was a long day but very useful; I think tomorrow will be longer.
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Tess Washington on

Mr. Meeker, good to read about another day in Man! It is also good to see that "little group in Man". It is wonderful to know & see that God's work is also there in Man! He truly is the only One who calls and chose whomever He wants to place in the Body of Jesus Christ! Did Seussie give his sermonette in French? I would have love to hear his mind about: "Where did God come from". I would also love to hear your sermon: "Called, Chosen & Faithful". Or read transcripts of both. Thank you and as usual, you passed on some more beautiful things to us!

Sara Hawk on

Perhaps Franz is a converted roach, and he wasn't on the job on the Sabbath! :-)
So glad to hear that things have gone relatively well - except for the lack of water, that is. Hearing about the stifling heat kind of makes me appreciate the winter temps here!

Marguerite Evans on

Hi Joel,
So nice to hear how God works in people's lives and gives them understanding. What a special gift for them to see biblical sites and see services conducted in America, etc. I'm sure these pictures will remain in their mind and help them. As you said, pictures are worth a thousand words! :) Thanks for your work there and take care.

Bernard on

So encouraging to see the growth in the areas visited. And the inspiring attitudes these Brothers and Sisters have. Glad to hear you're still reasonably healthy. We think of you a lot and pray for you and the Brethren. Take care.

Mary Hendren on

Hi Joel,

It's encouraging to hear that the brethren are so interested in Bible study. What a blessing that you can conduct laptop photo-education and tours of the Holy Land. We pray for your safety and favor, looking forward to the next news on baptisms.


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