"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Saturday, June 12, 2004 When you go down the road a bit (less than a minute's walk if you don't get mobbed by children when you come out of the villa gates) and turn right, this is what you see as the road makes its way toward the central Malam road. Malam is the name of this community. It is a Muslim name that means "cleric" ... and the big yellow building is the mosque. This was originally a Muslim community (hence the name), but the Muslim population is now about 1/3. Most of the population here is Christian, with some (I think) of the local tribal religions (the tribal faiths are called fetishes, and they have fetish shrines and fetish priests -- haven't run into those yet). James introduced me to the Iman (sp?), the Muslim cleric and he was very friendly and greeted me warmly -- especially when he found out I was a Christian priest. Muslim-Christian relations here are outstanding ... a real atmosphere of mutual respect and love. It's wonderful. The other buildings in the picture are houses and/or shops (you don't usually go into the shops, they are more like booths). | Mike at 6/12/2004 11:12:00 AM
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