Gamboula’s new city hall dedication

Hotel de ville is French for city hall. Note the UN soldiers patrolling. They were inside and out.

Roy and I went to the opening and dedication of the new city hall in “downtown” Gamboula on Wednesday, August 14th.  The 14th is CAR’s actual day of declaring independence in 1958, and the independence was set into reality on December 1st, 1960.  The celebration on Wednesday was interesting, to say the least, with all the heads of government, reps from many different sectors including a few Fulani leaders, and reps from the armed forces/police in attendance.  We waited an hour for the sub-governor to arrive from his home 750 meters down the road.  The UN soldiers arrived in their armored cars from their camp 500 meters down the road.

The UN chief’s wheels to the dedication. You can see downtown Gamboula just beyond the round point on the right.

Appearances and show are very important in the celebrations here.  A radio newsman was recording the whole shebang, and the background music was so loud we couldn’t understand how people could be near the loudspeakers.

The mayor giving his speech, with the radio reporter to the right, and the sub governor seated, under the coat of arms, waiting his turn.

There were speeches by the mayor and the sub-governor, actually full of thankfulness, and a nice meal.

This is how we wash our hands before and after (lots of finger food) the meal at gatherings like these.

Roy and I got a chance to visit with the head of the UN soldiers, thanking him for their presence in our town which makes it possible for us to stay.  It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any ruckus, and we are thankful for that.  Please pray for peace to continue, and for integrity and justice to be in blossom in this newly dedicated city hall.

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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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