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It had been with some trepidation that Michael and I visited after an eight year absence. The Ecclesia, established in the late 50’s thanks to the work of Bro Hubert Thorneloe and the hard work of Bro Frances Georges, also bore much fruit with many of his converts now running the ecclesia. Bro Leon Shuker from Yeoville joined us for the first few days. Having arrived at the magnificent new Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam airport, we then sped like freed birds down the very posh highway towards Flic en Flac. As we neared our destination, the traffic was dreadful; our route through Quatre Bornes was terrible but we finally made it to the self catering Blue Lotus Villas.

Next evening we attended the Tuesday Bible class

Phanuel Marie Jeanne plays the organ with gusto! at the hall. Herold, the Recording Brother, and his wife Lallita, arrived on their motor bike to open up. It was wonderful to renew fellowship with many young and old faces we had not seen for such a long time. The singing of hymns with much zeal was led that evening by Phanuel Marie Jeanne, a 10 year old who played the organ with gusto. We loved the whole hearted singing from their own hymn book; a selection of English ‘Praise The Lord’ and other French hymns. Bro Leon spoke on Romans which was translated by Patrice Abraham.

We have been quite puzzled by the lack of plugs in sinks and tried without success to find one in the shops and market. Our current theory is that Hindus, by far the majority on the island, insist on running water for religious reasons.

Sis Vanessa Floyd (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

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