November 10, 2010

After a short night

Haven’t slept much. We’re staying in the best hotel in Ogbomosho but the rooms are small. There’s no wardrobe, the air conditioning isn’t working, the ceiling fan wobbles and only runs at top speed, and the toilet has no seat or lid.

In the room it was hot and stuffy and I sweated a lot. Difficult for a German who likes to sleep with the window open. I did not dare to take a shower; it was too revolting. Perhaps I’ll be able to cope better tomorrow.

For breakfast we travelled to a lodge owned by a church, where Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda are staying and where the team chef cooks for the CfaN team and around 35 international guests. There was everything you could want and it made up for the bad night. We then drove 20 minutes back to the hotel and I wrote about what I had experienced the day before. It took me 1½ hours. I had a lot to think about and digest and writing about it helped.

At 12 o’clock we went back to the lodge for lunch and I slowly started to find that things weren’t so bad after all.

Although people live in terrible conditions here compared with things in Europe, the spiritual atmosphere is better than in a good number of German towns and cities. Back home, the facades look a lot better, but people’s hearts are like rubbish tips. I think the African model is better.

After a delicious lunch (the ingredients did not come from around here so that they would not upset our European digestive systems) we went back to the hotel again. I tried to catch up on my sleep but it was too hot, my head was too full of thoughts and, anyway, I was far too excited about what was going to happen at the evening meeting.

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About the Author

Stephan Mittelstädt

The 2010 European winner. He is a student with ICI and studies Evangelism. He is a member of the Pentecostal church in Heilbronn.

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    Very true, Stephan! We Americans, Europeans and Christians from other well-developed nations just don’t know how blessed we are until we go to places where they have very few material comforts but yet have open hearts, ready to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A lot of warm-hearted, genuine people in Africa.

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