Today was a deadline day for some office work, so I worked in my room all morning, not quite getting everything done. Mr. Prodigue picked me up at noon for lunch and asked if I would mind eating at McDonalds. He said his wife doesn't like that food, so he only goes there when she can’t join him (Marjolaine is grimacing a smile right now – she completely understands). I agreed and we drove to a nearby shopping center where there was a food court, and I ordered a Big Mac, fries and mineral water. The burger tasted just like it does everywhere else in the world. The difference here in the overseas department of France, is that a Mac meal costs about $9.00, and that’s only because the dollar is really strong at the moment.
After lunch I went back to the hotel to continue working. I was able to complete the work under deadline and was ready when Mr. Prodigue called at 3:30 to say he was on his way. We met the visitor at the shopping center and then drove to my hotel where we sat at a table on the back pool terrace. The man spoke French leavened with Creole, but not so much that I couldn’t understand. When I’m in Mauritius and to a lesser extent Reunion, I try to listen to Creole stations on the radio to familiarize myself with it. The two Creoles are not the same, in fact most French based Creoles around the world all have their particularities, to the point they’re not always comprehensible among themselves. Here in Reunion for example instead of saying "je" as the first person singular pronoun (“I”), people often say “mi” which is pronounced like the English “me”. It sounded to me like he was mixing English in with French and Creole, but it was easily comprehensible.
He’d been listening to sermons on our old website, understood about the commandments including the fourth, and about the annual festivals. He was trying to get his life turned around after a spate of difficulties. He m told me about his religious path, and how we came to us.
I went to my room and got my laptop out of the safe, brought it down and we waited while it booted up. I showed him our new member website where we now have sermons in video format at well as our French version of Life Hope and Truth. I showed him how he could find answers to many Bible questions. I showed him how to send a question in for a personal answer if he couldn’t find a prepared answer on the site. He was quite happy to see all that was available. I told him that I come through Reunion at least once a year and that I’d be happy to meet him again if he wished.
Tomorrow I will have most of the day on the island and will start the long trip home tomorrow night.
A visit and a baby
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sainte-Clotilde, Réunion, Reunion