This email was sent by Linea June 21. She wrote:
We are back in the Congo. It is a bit incredible! No flights missed, no
luggage lost. No hassles getting stuff through customs either here or in
Today we flew by small plane(SIL) from the Central African Rep. to Gemena
in the Congo. Part of our cases of dental supplies came today and the rest
will come tomorrow. We received all of our luggage but other people
traveling with us lost all of their luggage en route. Those of you praying
for us as we traveled – thank you – but don’t stop now.
This part of Africa has not made a lot of progress in the thirteen years
since we left – in some things. In other things, the change is incredible!
My girls just got off the phone with Grace’s great aunt in Kinshasa. No one
could ever just pick up a telephone and call back in the days! And they
watched TV this afternoon powered by battery, received by satellite.
But there are more buildings abandoned, sometimes with visible evidence of
bullet or mortar fire. And the roads are thirteen years worse. Glass was
mostly gone at the airport. But the people were still there to see the show
and we were it!
The smell of wood smoke is in the air tinged with the slight flavor of the
palm oil used for cooking. And then there is the smell of the roasted corn
that lingers on my hands from our afternoon snack. My hopes of loosing gobs
of weight on this trip are going fast. But I like it here anyway. The
senses are reawakening to Africa. It is good to be here. It is good of God
to have brought us here again.
(posted by Randall Friesen, for Linea.)