Three of us (myself and Peter Dewberry from St. Peter's, and Bob Chagnon from Trinity) broke off from the group to come to Gusau to visit with Bishop John Danbinta, and to investigate building a primary/secondary school that will be sponsored with the help of St. Peter's. The remaining seven remained in Kaduna to help out at the Kateri Medical Center sponsored through Trinity, and to get involved in church planting with Bishop Josiah.
Our drive from Kaduna to Gusau involved two automobiles, with speeds that topped the ride from Abuja to Kaduna, and with following much more closely the automobile in front of us - at time mere inches. Of course, I ended up in the passenger seat for this excitement, now more than 24 hours after I had first awakened to start the trip. I didn't even bother videotaping any of this journey - at this point I figured we were doing God's work and He was going to get us there safely!! I found it convenient to shut my eyes for a portion of this trip, just to get some rest and to avoid looking at the bumper in front of us.
It is important to note as I make this entry on Tuesday, that our driver's name is Barnabas, and he has driven us everywhere so far. He is a very safe driver, so while the driving style is much different, we all have come to trust in what Barnabus is doing and have become somewhat used to the driving speeds. Given the vast distances that we have driven to attend churches in Bishop John's diocese, the speeds are somewhat necessary if one is to cover any meaningful ground in a day.
Arrival at Bishop John's compound
We arrived in Gusau at approximately 7:00 p.m. local time on Saturday evening, just as it got dark. When we arrived at Bishop John's compound, we were greeted by many people who had been anticipating our arrival - not only Bishop John's family, but a wonderful group of Christians - priests and laity - who are part of Bishop John's diocese. We were treated by Bishop's wife Helen and their daughters to a delicious meal, and spent the remaining time that evening in good group discussion. I had read something while preparing for the trip that soon became clearly evident - one visits Nigeria for the people. Everyone welcomed us with open arms.
PETER's PERSPECTIVE -