Saturday in La Mé

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

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Ibis Abidjan Plateau
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Flag of Cote D  , Dix-Huit Montagnes,
Saturday, January 26, 2013

This morning we left the hotel at 09:00 in a marginally better car than the day before. There were five of us in the car, Paul and me, one of Paul's sons and a woman who attends in Abidjan who wanted to fellowship with the people in La Mé. It took us an hour to reach the village and we met in a little porch area belonging to a house. The church hall was just around the corner and as we walked by it we saw it was shut up. By 10:00 they should have been in the middle of their service, but I had been told by the member who had been at the meeting with the representative of the other association, that they were avoid all contact with me. That I would photograph them and cause them problems, which I had done (he claimed) elsewhere. All lies, but effective. Apparently they canceled their church service, all three or four of them, so they could avoid seeing me, which was sad after all we’ve been through together.

On arrival I gave the members there the care packages which they deeply appreciated. They went through the sacks happily and I could see them making a mental inventory of the items. One of the members asked me if I could give him a pen to write with. I told him there were two in the bag and we searched happily inside until he found them.

There were 8 of us for the little service. After we sang a hymn and Paul asked an opening prayer, I set up my laptop and showed the introduction to COGWA and then a PowerPoint presentation on the 7 churches of Revelation 2-3 with photos of the archaeological sites. They found them very interesting, although the heat made it a challenge to concentrate at times.

After the service we talked about news of the church and of their situation. The ladies served us lunch: yam and fish sauce for me, rice and fish sauce for the others. I’m not sure why the difference, maybe they felt yam was closer to potato. One of the ladies was sick, headache stomach cramps etc; it's probably malaria. I will try to bring her something to ease the symptoms when we go back to La Mé tomorrow.

We talked for an hour and a half or so, until the heat became really oppressive, and we prepared to leave so we all could rest. I got back to the hotel around 3:30.My shirt and my cotton trousers were completely soaked through with sweat. It is really hot here now.

Tomorrow we’ll go back and make one last visit to La Mé to encourage everyone, and have some more time together.
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mary hendren on

Thanks, Joel, for the continued blogs and updates. We're sorry that some of the members were frightened by untruths and missed out on the fellowship and teaching. It is sobering to remember that there are always consequences for our actions when they are hurtful to others, but it's encouraging to know that God remembers all the work and effort that glorifies Him.


Arnold Burns on

Hi Joel,
Keep your chin up your trips and information are inspiring and helpful for all of us.

Tess Washington on

Sad to hear about the mindset of some but glad to hear about the others who are happy, joyful and peaceful! We sure know who God's people are! Even little things (for me) like a pen is a happy occasion to dig in the bag and find it! Thank you for the time you spent with them and encouragement you gave them! I could have been in their shoes!

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