my new apartment (pictures to come)
It is a huge city of 4 million people...Although not the largest city I have ever driven in, it is by far the most congested. Today, a group of us went fabric shopping downtown and decided taking a taxi would be the easiest form of transportation.
It is very expensive though for example... there is a Canadian store near by which imports goods from Canada. I found 12 tortilla shells for 7-8 bucks. Mary Beth and I made tortillas that night (from scratch).
Gas is now at 35,000cfa to fill up the tank. That would be about 70 US dollars! Talk about HI gas prices, it is well over $5 dollars a liter!
Some of you have asked about Easter worship here in West Africa.
I was traveling around Leo, Burkina Faso for Easter and was able to worship in a large (for the area) Assembly of God church and the pastor asked a fellow worker to preach. I want to give you a walk through of that day.
We slept outside, the power had been out for a little over 12 hours and it was over 110 degrees outside, so very hot inside.
Woke up when the roosters started at 3.30 am and a little later the donkeys started calling to each other.
Got up and got ready, church was to start at 10 am. I put on a traditional African dress called a boo-boo, was in it about all of five min. before I was covered in sweat.
Changed into a long, loose dress and we left for church.
By they time we had gotten to the church it had already started and our fearless leader led us through the front doors. The men (4) sat up front with the other pastors and the women were directed to sit with the other women out in the church. Let me paint a picture for you.
It is a rectangle room with about three windows on each side, a back door and a front side door. There are wooden benches (without backs) for the congregation to sit on. Women sat on the two sides while men sat in the middle row and man was it crowded. There must have been at least 500 people there.
At least five choirs sang a song to open the worship that is five different groups...
and at least two quartet groups sang
After about an hour of singing and praying, began the preaching (which was very good by the way). The only thing is that it had to be translated. Normally sermons are translated into one other language that day it was two...from English into French and then into Mossi...took twice as long. Then more singing and praying. By the end of the service four hours had gone by and I loved every minute of it.
It was hot though and almost no ventilation. There were three rotating fans for the pastors upfront, but none for the congregation.
I had a Kleenex to constantly wipe the sweat dripping down me, I don't think I have ever sweated as much as I did that day.
Because it was Easter or in French "Pacques" the church had a "fete" or celebration. Which means FOOD! (We thought they were closet Southern Baptist)
I really don't know what to tell you we ate it was good though! They went and bought cokes for the visiting missionaries and it felt so good going down my very dry and hot throat. I think I also drank four bags of water and a koolaid type drink called beesap. (very good purplish drink they usually freeze)
That afternoon we took a break and really relaxed. I sat outside (power still out) and swung on a hammock and sang praise and worship with five MK's (missionary kids). It was one of my best Easters!
This tree is on the mission property...work was started 25 years ago and at the time, the people of the village said this tree was haunted by evil spirits...but after the missionaries came the spirts left and have not returned.
For your thoughts...
The work among the Wala people
The workers in Leo
Starting new work in Abidjan. Right now I am working on travel plans to Senegal
For a Tennessee church to catch a vision to reach an unreached people group in West Africa.