Yesterday morning in Kentzou was full of contacts and tasks alike. One thing I do love about our trips across the border is being able to help in tangible ways. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy just “being” with friends, sharing our lives and faith in that way. But I love that I was able to help my dear buddy get medical treatment at the Catholic dispensary right there in their town, without her having to cross the river to our mission hospital. What was awesome as well about the tangible help aspect of yesterday was that when we came upon a stranded, loaded-to-the-hilt-and-beyond small car that couldn’t make it uphill, Kim towed them up the 3 slippery, mud slimed small hills to the section of level road which is almost to Gamboula’s town center.
Roy & Luke Turk have our truck in Yaoundé right now, where they are getting the mission hospital’s x-ray machine repaired as well as picking up our friends, Thom & Noranne, who are coming to Gamboula for a 10-day visit. So, when I returned home, out at the farm, from Kim & Jan’s house, I was driving the Turkmobile. It is bigger and more powerful than our truck, so I wasn’t worried about the muddy hills on my way home. I was able to give rides to quite a few peeps, including one Fulani couple with a small baby, who needed to get out beyond our cattle compound – since I needed to deliver some things to our cattle guy, including a malaria cure, that was a win win. Besides a tiny bit of fishtailing in the most muddy sections and creeping much more slowly than normal up the slimy hills, I made it out to the cattle and back home without even having to get out and lock the 4 wheel drive in place.