Saturday in Man
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
23Trip End Feb 04, 2013
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Where I stayed
Hotel du Guety
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.
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.