Monday, February 25, 2008

Jes' Drippin'

Weather Hazy and hot, with very high humidity. Daytime temps in the low 90s, but nighttime lows no lower than the low 80s, making for very poor sleeping conditions, even with the fans. No breeze during the night, but it picks up in late morning and early afternoon. Rain since December 1: about 2 inches.

The air of late has been just about as sticky and heavy as any of us want to experience, but we proceed in the midst of dripping perspiration. The slightest physical exertion is all it takes to get a body drenched.

After a successful and encouraging trip to Senegal with my other CRWRC West Africa colleagues, I returned home to a broke Land Cruiser and a spouse with hands too full. Thanks to one of our visiting guests, Todd Flier, the Cruiser was repaired (U joint) that night in time for the big LEAD conference Saturday. The LEAD conference was successful, even though we hoped for about twice the 150 folks that showed. I think the people that showed got some great tips. The President had some very interesting things to say. She is a highly articulate and intelligent woman.

Today, the visiters are past the Bong Mines region, looking at an agricultural project. If the Bong County curse has been appeased, Renita will return home with tired guests in tow in about 12 hours.

The CRWRC meeting gave me a task, which I will write about later. Right now, I need to get back home and fill in on home schooling chores. Below are a few of the activities the guests have been enjoying. The playgound is coming along fine, but I'll wait until next week to give you that "After" picture.
Visitors Dick, Mary and Todd visit with Cecilia at the Foster Town Market. Examining peppers, okra and tiny eggplants.

A walk on the beach with Todd, Trokon (I think), a kid I don't know, Enoch, Dick and Knot.

The President of Liberia sharing nuggets of wisdom at the LEAD conference.
Sunday night, at the Samuel K. Doe Stadium-- a celebration marking the 150 birthday of Providence Baptist Church. From left, Lou Haveman of Partners Worlwide, Tokon, Enoch, Eastman, Todd Flier and Mary Dekker.

The stadium is as big and good as any in Africa. Severly damaged, it was one of the first things repaired (by the Chinese) after the 2003 war. It's a matter of priorities, you know.