Meetings in Lomé

Trip Start Jan 20, 2008
Trip End Feb 10, 2008

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Another full day. Kossi Fiaboé arrived at the hotel at 8:30 this morning and we drove through the mostly empty streets (it's Sunday).  All the men were present on my arrival, so I set up my laptop and microphone so I can record the sessions. We will make CDs tomorrow with all the seminar sessions on them, so the men can review and consult them later and share the audio with others to whom it might be useful. We started almost exactly at 9:00. We spent the morning going through our booklet of fundamental beliefs, reading and explaining the texts, the applicable scriptures, and answering questions.  We covered six chapters in the three hours of meetings.

Several ladies from the Lomé congregation worked most of the morning preparing the noon meal for us. We broke at 1:00 pm to take an hour for lunch, which included salad of peas, onions and an internal organ of a beef (I didn't ask which one - and actually it was pretty good).
The main course was brazed chicken, served with ground cassava (cooked like rice) on which was poured a red chili sauce and a ragout of tomatoes, onions and peppers.

After lunch we went back to our study of our fundamental doctrines. We had a break in the middle of the afternoon and then had a Q&A session for nearly two hours which covered all sorts of subjects: gifts of the spirit, various scriptures that can be hard to understand, the nature of the star that marked Jesus' birth, end time events and many other subjects. It was quite a varied and interesting session. We went until nearly 6:00 pm and had a snack the ladies had prepared for us, before parting ways.
The streets were busier on the drive back to the hotel. At the bottom of the long hill, down at lagoon level, we drove past the huge city dump area where fires burn almost constantly, sending smoke up and a haze horizontally in every direction.
Farther along in a main commerce street, we passed a mosque set up in a street front stall. It was sunset prayer time. The faithful were kneeling in tight rows and columns on the sidewalk all the way to the curb, and even beyond.
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