We traveled from Yaounde to Gamboula on Friday the 24th, making a full 2 months’ away. We stopped at the Catholic mission in K’zou, and were fed and taken care of by the gracious sisters there.
We ended up waiting longer than expected for a car or truck to take us across the border, but in the end it all worked out well. 4 of us rode in a very nice little red sedan, and Kim, the 5th guy, rode in the back of a huge truck, the only one available to help us at last minute notice. We brought along lots of meds and hospital supplies with us.
We heard from Gamboula that the Sel-ka colonel offered to come with his truck and haul our belongings and the hospital supplies as soon as it got back from a short trip. We have been impressed by this 31 year old, who has kept the peace in our region. There has been no harassment or violence or theft by the Sel-ka in our area because of his control.
Because of the looting the week before the Sel-ka arrived (Mar. 24-30), we had to break into our own house with a crowbar.
A couple of ex ag workers voluntarily nailed all the missionary houses’ doors shut, to prevent any further theft. We keep hearing stories of different ones who pitched in against the looters and who helped recuperate the stolen goods. Unheard of! We have been overwhelmed by the care and the love of our neighbors and friends here.