- MY PHONE NUMBER IN AUSTRIA
My Mom corrected me; I'll be using my grandmothers's phone (she
died two months ago). So, my phone number in Austria, starting MARCH
/ 426 7617
Well, a lot has become clear these past 30 hours, and it doesn't
look too good right now.
Yesterday I went with Emmanuel to our appointment. We waited for
a long time, and then finally found the village elder we've been
dealing with. I greeted him, but he didn't reply. We waited some
more, and then he called us over, and started complaining. We were
always coming empty-handed, and that way we'd never have the land,
etc. etc. Emma apologized, saying he wasn't aware, which he didn't
accept. He told us to come again the following day with cola nuts
and money, and he'd take us to the village chief.
So once more, we went there today. Again, he wasn't there at first,
neither at his house, but in the end we found him (having walked
around a lot). Emma's friend Jean was also with us. Emma told him
right away that we had cola nuts, dates and money with us, and he
was happy. We finally got into his car to go to the village chief.
Jean had to stay behind, since the car was full.
When we got to the chief, we didn't hear what we've been expecting
to hear these past few weeks. We were told that they had a meeting
on Feb 10 where they decided whether to give the land to us or not.
Last Saturday even, the elder told us with the government blockage
lifted, after having introduced us to the village chief, they would
form a committee to move the people on our land, and we could have
Today, the chief said that no plans have been drawn up (and yet,
I have a photocopy of it), and we'd have to wait for that, and then
they'd see whether there is "a corner" for us "somewhere".
In the meantime we are to come back often, with gifts, so they'd
When we joined Jean again, he told us the stories he was told by
people there, how these people were all mafiosi who just want money,
and that people even sell properties to several people etc.
Back home I called our contact at the government level. Tomorrow
I'm going to see him in his office. The good news is that last week
the freeze on the giving-away of land in Yirimadio and other parts
of town/villages was lifted. So now we can proceed on the bureaucratic
Obviously, we're in a war, and a war it is. I'm telling you all
these details so you can join us and battle with us, for the glory
of His name!
Tomorrow night I'm taking the plane to Paris, then on to Zürich
in the morning and finally Western Austria. Please pray for a smooth
trip, strength and restored health.