FOT Day 1
Trip Start Sep 08, 2013
13Trip End Oct 04, 2013
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Where I stayed
Ivans Plaza Hotel
We had our morning service at 9:30. We sang hymns, gave an offering and had special music and then I gave the morning sermon about how the millennium will bring a great reconciliation. After the service we took a group photo out front by the road.
The sky had somewhat cleared by lunch time which meant we had interesting views from the rooftop terrace where we're taking our meals. Lunch was fufu, a great favorite this part of Africa among others. It’s a sort of giant dumpling made variously of corn meal, cassava, plantain or some combination of them, over which is poured a broth or when possible a stew containing
At 3:00 we reconvened for our afternoon service. Again we sang hymns and had an opening prayer, then I gave the second sermon of the day on the importance of building right character.
We had lots of time for fellowship in the afternoon, that’s a wonderful advantage of all staying in the same place and taking meals together, there is little wasted time.
Dinner consisted of a raw vegetable salad, always a little risky in Africa not because of the vegetables but because of the water used to wash them. I decided to trust the kitchen staff and enjoyed it and the next course of sort of pea and meat casserole with potatoes on the side, and I enjoyed my glass of wine.
After dinner we cleared the decks for a fun show. The children sang several songs, and three
This was interesting in many ways. It was a window into human nature as viewed from the African perspective and it illustrated the kind of things people here believe actually happen, which they probably do. Family situations are fluid and children do often pay the price of parents and other adults misdeeds.
At was past 10:00 pm by the time the play ended, and the younger children were dropping off to sleep in spite of themselves. We applauded everyone and thanked them all for their participation and said good night.
Tomorrow will be my last day here in Togo and the start of my trip to French for the last day of this encouraging and enjoyable festival.