Today was a catch-up day. I had quite a bit of office work waiting for me. I needed to record answers to the questions received from the last class on Daniel and Revelation being posted on FI Online. I researched and recorded them on my iPhone, processed the audio to mp3 format on a computer program and e-mailed it to the media department. I went over my PowerPoint slides for the next class and sent that too using a file sharing service because the file was too large to attach to an e-mail.
Taking a break at one point, I drove to Mahébourg, a few miles away on the coast, to a market where I bought a few gifts for people back home. Vanilla is grown on Mauritius, and is less expensive than in countries that import it, as are other spices. There are delicious and inexpensive powdered curries. One can find South African Rooibos tea here, a caffeine-free herb infusion which my family enjoys, and so on.
I worked on one of two presentations I'm slated to make at our May Ministerial Conference, this particular one should last an hour, the other, an International update on Europe and Africa is allowed 15 minutes; that will be a challenge, but our time is limited. I had e-mails to catch-up on: one included the next speaking schedule for the Dallas-Sherman circuit for the three months starting in June.
On festivals or for other special events, like the super social in North Carolina, the Presidents Day weekend in Branson, MO, or the Winter Family Weekends in Louisville and in the Pacific Northwest, there may be other assignments. Add to that my travel schedule in serving the French region and there are often weeks, even a month or more between Sabbaths when I’m in Dallas. Ministers in the office often don’t see each other at services for weeks at a time. In any event I sorted through the new schedule to make sure there were no conflicts for me.
It was good to have the day to catch up and to rest physically as well.
Tomorrow will be an enjoyable day of rest in Mauritius.
Working in paradise
Friday, April 21, 2017
Plaine Magnien, Grand Port, Mauritius