I arrived in Abuja

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Dec 07, 2007

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I arrived safely on Monday night, and the flights were seamless. 
I had a bit of a cramp in my back due to my heavy carry-on, but its
finally gone now.  We arrived at the hotel (Chelsea Hotel) only to
find out the the lock on my room door was broken.  I thought it
was funny...there's a million things that can go wrong on an
international trip, but everything was perfect until I got to the door
of my hotel room.  It was 11:30 at night before they finally
opened the door for me and I could crash on the rock-hard bed
(rock-hard or not, a bed is a bed after over 24 hours of travel)
I have to switch rooms today because for the past two days, whenever I
needed to get into my room, a front desk attendant would have to
accompany me with the master key.

I've been in the office in Nigeria for two days now.  My colleague has been leading a
conference on organizational change for our heads of operations. 
We've had to relocate our office from Ibadan to Abuja within the last
month.  This is the latest change after a year of major change for
our office in Nigeria.  We thank God that it hasn't affected too
severely the ministry, but it has created a lot of chaos and challenge
for our staff.  But they have stayed in excellent spirits and are
renewing their committment this week to the work of Jesus through Bible
League.  The office is in complete disarray and there has been a
hubbub of cleaners, electricians, connecting phones and internet,
moving furniture, etc.  Even a cute little lizard just ran by my
feet while I'm typing this.  Guess I'm not in Kansas

We are preparing to interview accountants
Thursday and Friday.  Many of you know that there was some serious
mismanagement of funds by our former director (hence the reason for all
of the change).  After releasing him and our accountant last year,
we now have the dubious task of replacing them.  We trust the Lord
will lead us to the right people for the job. Please pray that he will
raise up a director and accountant with integrity and passion for the

I had pounded yam for lunch today.  If you are not
familiar with Nigerian culture, pounded yam to a Nigerian is like pizza
to an American.  It is the staple food.  They will take a yam
and place it in a rather large wooded pot.  Then they take a large
stick and pound that yam like crazy.  Sometimes two are three of
them will get going on it and develop a really fun pounding
rhythm.  After enough pounding, the yam is soft and doughy (they
probably add water amidst the pounding in order to get it the right
texture).  Then, they form and serve it. 
Usually, they will take a piece of it, dip it in some stew and
eat it (with hands of course).  Mine was served with a spicy
stew and a chicken on the bone.  I had to rip the chicken apart
with my hands, and I know that my Nigerian brethren enjoyed that show
(like a circus act!).  It's not the most pleasant tasting food for
me, but you know, when in Rome...  I'd rather have
pizza.  I have a picture of it that I'll upload when I get home
(if for no other reason then to prove that I ate it).  
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Ronke on

You certainly will need to get used to spicy soups to really enjoy it. You should stick to eating it and you will grow to love it too. As for me my mouth is watering oooo

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