Tomorrow I’m off to Nigeria for 12 days. The travel part of the Nigeria trips are getting easier. Before I would get in a taxi around 5:00 AM in the morning here in Cotonou and cover the roughly 100 kilometers in 5 hours. The Benin/Nigeria border crossing is just a 1/2 hour ride from Cotonou but much of the morning was taken up inching along in the ever present Lagos traffic jam. Now that there are three scheduled Cotonou/Lagos flights each week, I can leave the house around 6:30 AM and be in Lagos before 9:00, all without sitting in traffic and breathing in exhaust fumes for much of the morning. The flight schedules don’t always correspond with my trips but much of the time they do. Tomorrow I will get a flight from Lagos to Calabar and then a shuttle bus on to Uyo, arriving in the village of Ikot Ada Idem by around 5:00 PM.
For the past 5 years I have been working with Mennonite Church Nigeria to develop a theological training program for church leaders. During this trip we will be finishing up the preaching class that we did late last year and listening to and evaluating student sermons. After that I will start teaching History of the Church, hopefully getting a good part of that done before coming back on Feb. 22. The students meet for three hours each evening three days a week. When there is a visiting instructor, as in my case, they often meet five times to cover as much as possible in the short time available.
Pray for safe travels for me and for Nancy, Jeremiah and Deborah here in Cotonou during my absence.