The last two days have included a rare opportunity to enjoy the events revolving around an African wedding. Jairus and Adeline's daughter, Bintu, was married over the course of the last two days. This involved cultures from Gabon, Cameroon, Liberia, and Guinea, which caused the dowry negotiation process to be quite prolonged. We were invited to the family's home last pm where we witnessed the dowry negotiation that is usually reserved for the two families. After four hours, both sides agreed to meet Saturday am to finish up the details, which took almost the entire day, forcing the wedding ceremony to be delayed almost three hours. We were told that even the African people were complaining about this delay. The pastor recognized that it had been a long couple of days and shortened the ceremony, to allow all to enjoy an excellent meal, dancing, and cake. We are hoping that both families are blessed by some much needed sleep. It was an honor to be included in this event, and one we will never forget.
Friday saw the guys finish their construction work in the warehouse, and I saw 12 patients in the clinic. We have a few cases for next week, and hope to add a few more after seeing a robust clinic on Monday. We anticipate worshipping in the church in N'Zao in the morning, and then possibly doing some four wheeling and volleyball in the afternoon. The boys realized we are down to our last week here, and are amazed at how quickly the time has gone by. The cross cultural experience has been valuable and life changing for them. Thanks to all of you for your notes of encouragement and prayers.