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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, October 30, 2014

I'm starting another trip to Africa. I was to have made this trip before the Feast of Tabernacles but the Air France pilots’ strike forced me to delay it. My flight to Paris was canceled a first time, and I rebooked two days later on the next available flight. But that flight was then cancelled also, making it impossible for me to be in the Congo when I needed to be, so the whole trip had to be pushed back.

Now I’ve completed the first legs of a trip to Kinshasa. Marjolaine dropped me at the Dallas airport about 1:00 pm so I could catch my 2:30 flight to Atlanta, where after a two-hour layover I caught the Air France flight to Paris. I have another two-hour layover here and will then fly on to central Africa where I should arrive just after dark at 6:30. One never has to guess about sunrise or sunset times on the equator. It’s always 6:00 am and 6:00 pm give or take a few minutes.

On this trip I should have two days in the Congo, then make the trip to Cameroon via Ethiopia (yes to fly from Central Africa to West Africa, one often has to pass by East Africa) to visit with some old friends and a couple of men new to our association. I hope I’ll be able to get in touch with everyone, they are quite spread out geographically, and one trip into "the bush" could be quite colorful if the place and roads are as I remember them from years ago.

Then, God willing, I’ll fly on to Togo to make some visits and hold a Sabbath service. Then I’ll fly to Paris for three days and another weekend before heading home. This will only be a 2 week trip. Two and a half weeks used to seem like a long time to be away, but over time, as needs have developed, my trips have lengthened to the point where month-long trips are the norm. So Marjolaine and I chuckled when I said it would be only 2 weeks.

She was with me on our long 2 month trip through Europe and Africa this summer and she said she was quite content not to come this time. She hasn’t fully recuperated from that trip and the more recent one to France for the festival.

It’s a clear bright morning in Paris, some light hazy clouds, but clear and pleasant. I’ll look forward to visiting with friends here on the way back out.
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Comments

mary on

We look forward to following along on your trip and will keep you in our prayers that your visits will be productive and rewarding. Glad to hear you're starting with pleasant weather.

J.P. Vernaud on

Après Tintin au Congo, voici Joël au Congo, bon voyage

Jim McTiernan on

Thanks for taking us all along with you. Safe travels.

Ted Franek on

Thanks for the heads up. Will be looking forward to "traveling along " with you.
We pray that God be with you and the brethren there.

Tess Washington on

Thank you Mr. Meeker! We'll also be with you on this trip!

Andre/Elize van belkum on

Hi there Joel. All the best on your extended trip - and we will pray for your safety.

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