Mourning and Joy in Mauritius
Trip Start Mar 14, 2013
20Trip End Apr 05, 2013
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Most of those who died had shop stalls in a pedestrian underpass that I have walked through many times. The victims were trying to gather their belongings when flood waters poured in from both ends of the underpass simultaneously. There was nowhere to go.
Thinking on all this, I drove to Rivière des Anguilles (Eel River) for a happy occasion. I arrived at the Prodigues' home at 9:30; all four people who gather for services were already present. We caught up on the news and talked about all sorts of things for an hour before starting our service. We sang hymns and had an opening prayer, and then I gave a news update of my trip
It was a delicious meal and we enjoyed our conversation as we ate. We talked about the flooding in Port Louis and how it happened, and as usual international relations, the issue of gun control in America (much of the world is following that debate), healthcare issues in America (that debate is being followed too), and compared health care and insurance systems in Mauritius and Africa. One of the members in Mauritius is a RN, so she is very knowledgeable about how the system works in country. We also discussed questions of Bible prophecy and some points from the sermon I had given.
After a dish of ice cream to finish the meal, we moved out onto the terrace to continue talking. From the hilltop where we were sitting, we could see the Indian Ocean 5 or 6 miles away, and a pleasant breeze kept the temperatures perfect under a bright blue sky with puffy white clouds. They asked a question about what if anything the Bible says about Africa in prophecy. I mentioned that there were a few indications and that I would give than more study and prepare a sermon or Bible Study on the subject. There will be a lot of interest for that topic.
We enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea, Mauritians mostly drink tea, as we talked and reflected on the meaning of the day and the hope we have in the promised the Bible reveals for the future. They expressed how thankful they are that the Church makes it possible for people to come visit them once or twice a year. Though we know have electronic means of staying in touch, in such small and isolated groups (Mauritius and neighboring Reunion are long way from almost everywhere), personal contact is very much appreciated.
Around 4:00 pm two ladies left to start the trip back to Port Louis. I stayed a while longer to talk with Mr. and Mrs. Prodigue about Feast of Tabernacles planning. I finally left a little before 5:00 telling them I planned to come here again just before the fall festivals.
It was a very encouraging and enjoyable day on which to end the spring festivals. Tomorrow I will have part of the day here on the island and then will make the long overnight flight to Paris.