Back in Libreville

Hey all, just a quick post to let everyone know we made it safely to Libreville today. After a two-and-a-half hour drive this morning through rutted roads, wood plank bridges, large puddles (or rivers) of water, and a quick off-road detour, we arrived in Mouila. We sat in the airport for about 3 hours before the plane arrived, but then it was a straight shot into Libreville that lasted about 55 minutes. We even got to see a complete rainbow (by complete, we mean the full circle) from the airplane window when we were in the air. Once off the plane at the Libreville airport, we walked right in, found our luggage, met up with our contact who was waiting for us, and were out in the parking lot… all within about 10 minutes! You can’t even do that back home in the States!

We were very happy to see our new friends Huub and Margriet, a Dutch doctor and his wife, and their little girl Rebecca, once we arrived back at the guesthouse. They just left tonight to fly to Casablanca for a two-week vacation before relocating to the Hope Clinic in Guinea for their permanent assignment. Huub (pronounced more like a quick “hoop”… we think) was a doctor at Bongolo, completing his medical mission field training, for six months, including these last two that we were there. Their departure and ours just happened to coincide. We will always remember them fondly for their generous hospitality and Christ-like humility. Even tonight, on their last night here, Margriet made us a delicious pasta dinner, complete with green peppers and onions in the meat sauce… it’s funny the things we get excited about now after being without for so long.  Huub and Margriet are also big Settlers of Catan players, so that just adds to their coolness in our minds. 🙂

Sadly, this is the only image I have of the three of them together. Huub is the tall dutchman and Margriet is holding Rebecca on the right. We're all standing in the center of town in Lebamba figuring out what to do and where to go.

Sadly, this is the only image I have of the three of them together. Huub is the tall Dutchman, of course, and Margriet is holding Rebecca on the right. Also pictured, Lisa on the far left, Meghan, and Amy. We're all standing in the center of town in Lebamba figuring out what to do and where to go on one of our "trips into town."

Amazingly, they are quite fluent in three different languages… Dutch, French, and English. Their daughter, we can already tell, is going to grow up to be a very smart girl… she already responds to words and phrases spoken in each of those languages! Also, we were told, she learned to walk before she learned to crawl. A few weeks ago, they had asked me to take a few pictures of Rebecca so they could remember her at this stage in her life (she’s almost 2). In about about half an hour, I had over 100 pictures… she is the cutest and so photogenic!

Rebecca posing for the camera.

Rebecca posing for the camera.

In our last couple hours together tonight, the power went out (apparently also a common occurance here in the city too) so we played Dutch Blitz (how fitting… except not, because the game is referring to Pennsylvania Dutch, not Holland Dutch) by candlelight. We will miss them, along with so many others back at Bongolo, and we wish them all the best for the future and their new mission field.

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