Jumping through the hoops – oops!

So we’re back on the African continent, and that meant signing up again for cell phone coverage and internet.  It also meant buying new phones, as we had left one back in Gamboula and we had given our other one to the ag project.  So, off we went to get a couple of new ones.  We got such a deal on some knock off “Itel” phones, but I couldn’t find the driver/modem to get the dial up internet going, so off we went again to get other phones.  Well, we asked our kind taxi man, Moses, who has helped us in so many ways, to go in and buy a couple of phones for us, figuring that he would get a better price.  He came back to the taxi with two obviously used phones, and we worried, not so much whether they would work, because they obviously did, but whether the battery would last and whether he, after all,  had paid too much.  I went back into the labyrinth of booths – booth after booth of phone sellers, until we came to the place where he had bought ours.  I ended up with two different ones, one of which works beautifully, in fact, it is the one that is making it possible for me to type on our blog right this minute.  The other one, however, had a crack in the case, so it got returned the next day, oh brother.  Anyway, as I was setting up this phone, I realized that someone had at least used it for awhile.  Every once in awhile, a news cast story would come on, talking about some raid or something, and I was busy installing software, so I just get hitting the red “end/close” button to get it to be quiet and off what I thought was an internet blurb while I finished my set up.  Later I handed the phone to a young visitor, asking her to set me up with some nice ring tones and as she was pushing buttons, that same internet news flash came on.  WELL, DUH!  It was a Mr. T’s A-team ring tone!  I had been hanging up on someone, I don’t know how many times, how many different people.  Ha!  Aleta, welcome to the 21st century!  My apologies to those who were trying to contact me.  I now have the good the bad and the ugly for my ring tone until I can record a favorite.

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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