Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bob's Thoughts: Nigeria Day 8

Bob is in Nigeria right now as part of a short term trip with Wycliffe Associates.  You can find out more HERE.  You can read the previous journals here; Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6, Day 7



6/12/11

I ate a mango off of one of the trees on-center here, which was really good. I know they have those in Florida but I was never in a place where I could enjoy that. I may be able to here.

The market Andy took me to yesterday where they looked for tomatoes surprised me by how small it was. I was envisioning Oaxaca City and San Salvador with the sprawling miles of market stalls selling almost everything imaginable. Here I think people sell stuff all along each major road, and there isn't a central huge market like I was remembering. It somewhat surprises me. It makes Jos seem like a smaller city than I was envisioning. In the whole market I think there were only 4 people selling tomatoes (which are not rare here), and only 2 selling carrots (a little more rare, but still not unheard of). It's probably seasonally different, too.

I went to church with the Kellogg's this morning. Several other missionaries and missionary families go there, although it's primarily Nigerian. He said that I will get asked to speak  sometime whatever church I pick, so I guess I'll have to be ready for that idea.

Oh, the church that I went to was raising money for a parsonage to be built, because apparently their old had been burned down during the recent violence. I didn't see any evidence of damage to the church or anything, though. Andy and I talked a little about the violence recently and he said that we just have to accept for ourselves that the people that are left around the world that need to be reached are in difficult places; all the easy places are gone. It's a sobering outlook, but I think it's what God is calling us to.

Nigeria isn't real hard as countries go (we could be planning to go to much worse places) but in Africa a lot can change in a very short period of time. Things like Ethiopia becoming communist and persecuting Christians or Zimbabwe being ruled by an insane dictator or Ivory Coast plunging into civil war, can happen literally overnight with a new government or a military takeover.

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