Today would have been my father's 87th birthday.
I am thinking a lot about him today – and my family. Missing him.
Recently, I have been helping to plan for the EEL-RCA/Partners’ Consultation which will be held in Garoua Boulai Nov. 20-24. If we could have it in Bouar as we did during my first year in this job, the church administration could do much of this. But, insecurity still has a strangle hold on the Central African Republic. It is true that many towns and many people have begun to rebuild their lives. A major problem continues to be bandits (let’s not even call them rebels to be honest) who stop cars on the road and demand money. They have occasionally taken people hostage and burned cars. I read an article on the internet yesterday that talked about a meeting of some ex-Seleka rebels in Kaga Bandoro in which they named (among other leaders) who will collect taxes (http://www.voanews.com/content/ex-rebel-reshuffle-in-car/2508991.html
I took a break this morning and drove to Garaousayee Church (several kilometers from my house). This is the place where the South Dakotan team came to help build the roof, but the walls collapsed. Several weeks ago I visited to see the new reinforced, strong walls. Yesterday, workers began work on the roof again. They are able to use the wooden supports from before, but some need to be repaired and all are being reinforced before they are installed. Next week, these will be in place and the corrugated metal pieces will be installed. Optimistic workers hope to be done in a week. Maybe I’ll have time for a photo of the finished building before I write my next blog entry.