The calm before the storm

Trip Start Apr 02, 2014
Trip End May 07, 2014

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Hotel Chez Lando Kigali
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Rwanda  , Kigali,
Friday, April 11, 2014

Today ended up being almost entirely an office day. I wrote my weekly newsletter to the French membership, and translated a chapter out of the new booklet on conversion, which I'm sending to our members serially until we can publish the whole booklet, which shouldn’t take too long, but still won’t happen for several months.

I also continued work on two sermons that are "growing" in my “sermon garden,” a file folder where I have a dozen or more messages that are slowly maturing. With God’s blessing the more preparation time and thought that can be put into a sermon, the better it generally is, so I try to have several of them percolating all the time.

At lunch time I took a taxi into town to try a new restaurant for lunch, which is supposed to be good, inexpensive and fast. “Fast service” in a restaurant in Kigali is usually a contradiction in terms, something like “congressional intelligence,” so I was eager to try this one out. I asked the taxi driver if he knew the restaurant and he said he did. Is it open? I asked. Yes, he assured me. Are you sure? Yes, yes. We negotiated a price, and left. It was very close, right in the neighborhood of the parliament building, but as we pulled up it was clear it was closed. So back to the hotel we went. Since he’d assured me the restaurant was open and since he didn’t have to wait for me while I ate, I adjusted the price down slightly, which he protested, but not too much, he knew it was fair.

In the afternoon I was able to get more work done and talked briefly with my parents and then Marjolaine via Skype. It’s wonderful to hear the voices of loved ones, especially when far away.

Late afternoon was morning in the US, so it was in the afternoon that I received the proofread copies of my letter and translation and was able to send them to our mailing list.

Finally around 7:00 pm, I took the hotel shuttle to the airport to meet Daniel Harper who was arriving on a flight from Amsterdam. He walked out of the arrival area just before 8:00 pm and accompanied by an older French-speaking Swiss couple we rode back to the hotel. Daniel had been able to sleep almost the whole flight from Amsterdam so he was feeling rested and well, which is very good.

We had some dinner at the barbecue pit at the hotel. As usual it took close to an hour for the brochettes to arrive! We finished up our meal at 10:00 pm, and I at least am quite ready to turn in.

Tomorrow will start at 06:30 and will be a busy day.
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Tess Washington on

I like the terms you used: A growing sermon garden and percolating! Vivid picture of your sermon folder and its growth process! Skype is a wonderful and video at the same time...Good to hear that Mr. Harper had arrived safely to join you! Take care...our prayers will be for you and Mr. Harper's safe and successful trip!

maryccffmn on

I love your travel blog and never miss it. Your writing is so colorful and descriptive that it makes one feel that they are riding in your shirt pocket, seeing it all.
I really loved your description of how you "grow" your sermons - I always wondered how you do that when you are traveling so much. Very clever!!
Have a very healthy and safe trip - God go with you two every step of the way.

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