Independence Day Parade

The Central African Republic’s Independence Day is December 1st, but due to circumstances surrounding the visit of the nation’s president to a town a day’s drive from us, our celebration at Gamboula was postponed until December 15th.  The parade was a bit toned down compared to past years’ festivities, but the pomp and circumstance surrounding the local government officials was there in full force.  The soldiers presented themselves and all the lesser dignitaries shook the governor’s hand, the flag was raised to the chorus of the national anthem, there were speeches, and then the parade began.  The children were fun to watch, as they marched in time to a bugle and drums, delighted to represent each of their schools.  There were little girls dancing with hoops and a group of karate practicing boys and a funny group of actually kind of scary looking clowns.  There were no floats or flowers or marching bands, but it was very typical for here and entertaining.

Lined up to shake hands with the regional governor


The regional governor and the mayor

Kindergartners waiting their turn to march

Roy and Benoit and the CEFA/ag crew

Last but not least, scary, bizarre, funny clowns

After the parade we went to a meal in a dark, loud music filled bar.  It was difficult to even carry on a conversation with the person right next to you.  We waited for almost 3 hours, but the food was quite good and I have to admit it was fun to people watch.

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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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