Daily Archives: October 8, 2003

Off to the Congo

I just finished one run from the soccer pitch at Prime Minister’s park to the Warehouse where Grace dances.  Poor Grace – she had to sit on the bench since she missed too many soccer practices.  She needed to be at dance by 5:00 and since Sara was still playing, I had to return to the field after dropping Grace off.  Then I ended up missing Sara who forgot that I was driving a borrowed vehicle and didn’t see me waiting. Then when I went to look for her, she and I missed each other. 

One of my first priorities tonight is to package up the grad photos and the recording of Patricks performance in June.  There is other stuff too that we are sending out with Greg as he heads off to the Congo tomorrow.

Greg was over at my office for a few minutes this afternoon with his mother who works for me.  We were giving him last minute advice about what to expect for meals when he gets there and reminding him to pack enough immodium.  I think he is a bit nervous and I know his mom is. 

Greg is going to get the full immersion version of intercultural experience.  He is going to live with the father of the boys who live with us.  Going into a culture that is going to be completely strange, and he is not going to have a bunch of back-up missionary staff support.  Just us at home praying for him and a good reliable and trustworthy contact person in Dr. Kongawi.  But the language is going to be a major barrier and I warned him that he is going to feel like a complete idiot reverting to not being able to communicate except through another person (Dr. Kongawi).  It is a humbling experience to be without language.

And then we have the little problem of the border with the Central African Republic and the Congo being closed to crossings at Zongo/Bangui.  Could use some prayer as he goes since he can fly in to the city of Gemena but it will cost and he has no surplus of funds to pay for a charter flight even from MAF(Missionary Aviation Fellowship).

I told Greg that if he experiences nothing else, he will experience God’s provision and he will learn to rely on God for that.

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Sad News

There was a terrible accident yesterday on Hwy 55 just east of town.  A school bus stopped to let some kids off and a pulp haul truck failed to stop for the line up of four vehicles stopped behind the bus.  The semi pretty much went over the last car in the line-up and so died a woman, a friend of ours since we began working at the Co-operative Health Centre. 

She was just beginning her retirement after being active in launching many good community projects.  She worked with me as we set up the School Based Dental Pilot Project then went on to help start Child/Mothers Futures Project and other such programs as the Community Against Family Violence, etc.  She leaves behind a legacy of working to improve the social programs in our community.  She lived life well.

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