|Enjoying a break before the bad section of road|
|I have no idea how this happened!|
|Our little guest house|
|Jack the jackal|
|The monkey and the dog playing together. I can't say I'm a big fan of monkeys!|
|I told John he can get me a duiker for Christmas|
That evening we ate again with one of the families and then played a game with them. Some of their children were not feeling well at all, one with an asthma attack which brought back a lot of memories of getting the nebulizer set up for Suzanne and trying to prevent an attack from turning into a full-blown crisis. Again, the lights were out by 9:30. We read until 10:00 by a battery lantern, but I got about nine hours of sleep that night. I think I slept so well because I knew there wasn't anything I had to get up to do.
|A village church|
The church we visited had about 45 adults in attendance and was packed. They have a pastor and their choir did a great job. Of all the churches we have visited, this was the only church that did everything in the mother tongue.....music, prayer, message. (Of course I am comparing capital city churches with a village church. Here in the capital it seems every church has quite a bit of French mixed in. I also know that the Hausa churches seem to be more one-language churches.) I was also surprised at how many women had Bibles and were able to read them.
We could understand most of what people said and I think they could understand us. I asked some kids where their house was and they stared at me blankly. So I asked the question another way and still got blank stares. I framed it a third way and they all started talking at once! I told a little girl to blow her nose and she did so I think she understood that! John understood a lot and was able to start figuring out the patterns to which pronunciations are different. He's amazing that way!
Sunday night we again ate with one of the missionary families (they were both so hospitable!). Again, lights out by 10, but then we got up pretty early in the morning to head home. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I did wake up early every morning with the call to prayer and reading of the Holy Book. The prayer place was nearby and they had a good loud speaker and we had no fan to block it out! Thankfully I was able to go to sleep as that was probably some time between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m.
The road hadn't improved at all on the way back. The only improvement was that we were moving across the border early in the day so we didn't have all the car import traffic to deal with. We spent half an hour in a large town looking for a church there. We finally found one church, but we're not sure if it's the one we were looking for or not as there was no sign on it. It was siesta, so the pastor wasn't around.
It was great to visit another country, but even better to come home again! Unfortunately, on Tuesday John woke up with a terrible cold. He hasn't been this sick for a long time. He still sounds terrible, but isn't as bad as he was on Tuesday.