This post was written while we were in Chad.
Last night, I got the call that a flight was coming to Iriba! So I finished packing and set the alarm for early morning. I was out the door at 7 AM this Saturday morning, before anyone in the house was up. There was a lot of waiting, but finally the plane showed up. It was empty except for one pilot and a cargo of school supplies. Apparently they had stopped in Guéréda as well.
I was on the ground in Abéché by 9:30 AM, with 10,400 CFA in my pocket. The post office closes at 11 AM, so I hurried to drop off my luggage, and headed to the bank. But the ATM was down, so I went on to the post office by 10:20 AM. The nine packages cost 20,230 CFA to withdraw, but they were gracious enough to release them to me, provided I gave them the 10,000 I owed them on Monday.
Taking Care of the Packages
So there I was, in front of the Post Office with no money for a taxi, and too many packages to lug around somewhere. I prayed, “Lord, what do I do now?” Just then, I found out that a friend from Guéréda was at the Post office with his vehicle. He planned to leave today, but couldn’t because of car problems. He had enough room for the packages, and even paid the last 10,000 CFA (which I paid back later). It felt nice to know that God was there to help me.
When I walked back to the bank, praising the Lord all the way, I found that the ATM was working! I was also able to buy a scanner for half the price quoted elsewhere, for less than it costs me to DHL my financial report to the head office in Springfield. This is significant because I should be able to scan it, then send it to them for “free” as a result of this purchase. And I can produce booklets in the Z language by drawing the pictures and scanning them to use in the booklet! After such success, I went back to the guest house and rested.
Have you ever had an eventful trip? Please let us know in the comments!