The cool of the cement floor feels good on my feet this warm and humid Congo afternoon. Our internet was just restored after being down for a week. A lightening strike blew the generator, internet, and sundry computers and chargers a week ago. I might also mention that it nearly frightened the senses out of me in the middle of the night. :) Too close and too loud for an EMT who has responded to a fatal lightening strike victim.

I could write a book out of our every day adventures of the past week, but perhaps will stick to today's news for this post. Luke and I headed into Kisangani this morning on our motorbike to shop for Thanksgiving dinner supplies and access the internet. As we were getting into town, people were stopping to attach green branches to the hoods of their vehicles and to the handle bars of their motorbikes. We were following a local staff member from the school into town, and he suggested that we attach branches to the front of our bikes too. We learned that it was to "show solidarity" so that our motorbike wouldn't be seized by protesters. As we approached the University we stopped again to assess the situation ahead and our guide shook his head. The streets were filling with restless crowds. "Students... problems. Big problems. Turn back."

And so we did.

(Didn't even stop to investigate the folk that shouted at us as we drove by). We paused just out of town long enough to buy a hand of bananas so our trip would not be completely fruitless:)

We arrived back on campus (5 k out of town) to the profound relief of our missionary friends. In the meantime, student rioters burned a government building and UN vehicles and created general chaos as they protested the fall of Goma to rebel hands this morning.

Hard to believe we were in that city 10 days ago.

The rioting over here has apparently settled down now but all eyes are on the easten regions to see what happens next. Our itinerary says we're flying into Goma in a month on our way back home. We'll see how things are then but needless to say we're considering alternate routes...

Otherwise, life continues as usual. :) We are safe and enjoying our time here. Thanks for your prayers and emails! Will post more with pictures soon.

11/20/2012 12:07:04 am

Heard the news about Goma this morning through my brother..... Mom and I prayed for the two of you this morning and the prayers are still being raised to heaven. :) Stay safe, but keep having a fun adventure! Love you both.

11/20/2012 12:57:11 am

Interesting times? A little too exciting for my taste, but I'm comforted that your (our) life is in His hands!

Uncle John
11/20/2012 03:06:08 am

"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him...Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ...God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord."1 Cor. 4:1-9

We love you both~ Carle' Family

11/25/2012 12:29:08 pm

Hahaha- Lauren and I are on our road trip back from Thanksgving break in Maine, and I'm reading your blog aloud to her. We're enjoying it and we both got a laugh out of your pun :)


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