None of slept as well as we’d hoped last night, all woke early and didn’t sleep all the way through. But we felt rested enough in the morning. We had a western breakfast of fruit, eggs, toast, and coffee and enjoyed some quiet time until 12:30 when Jasbir arrived to take us to the family home and school of Yousef and Eugene, where we would spend the rest of the Sabbath. We went into the center of the town, were streets became very narrow and obstructed. We drove in carefully. It is Ramadan and this was a very Muslim neighborhood. In fact the city is overwhelmingly Muslim. Though the school’s neighborhood was not when it was founded.
Arriving at the house, Dave greeted everyone warmly and Marjolaine and I were introduced. I recognized the names and some faces from photos. We all went in to the living room and were invited to sit down. Cold soft drinks and water were served and we caught up on everyone’s news. We talked about our travel so far and answered some questions about the work of the Church. A delicious lunch was served: tandoori chicken, vegetables, lentils, rice, poppadum and chapatti. It was all very good. We continued talking as we ate, this little group usually only sees David Baker twice a year, and others at the Feast of Tabernacles, so conversation is precious.
When lunch was finished and cleaned up. We began our service with hymns, had a prayer, after which Dave gave some news and announced me for the sermon. I gave an update with many photos about what is happening in the French language region of the world. Some photos from French Africa are very striking and show the difficulties members face in that region. Even compared to other developing countries, life is particularly difficult in much of sub-Saharan Africa. We read through scriptures showing the Bible teaching that the world is currently under spiritual bondage to the adversary of God who is allowing this state of affairs only for a while, after which will come a great liberation and freedom.
They had planned dinner for about 8:30, but the three of us weren’t sure we could stay awake that long. So Eugene kindly move up the hour until 7:00. We enjoyed another lovely meal: lamb biryani, fried chicken, fried okra, potatoes poppadum and chapatti. We very much appreciated the work that had gone into the preparation and Marjolaine and I very much enjoyed meeting the members of the small congregation.
Tomorrow we plan an early start to visit the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve.