On Tuesday, April 26, I discovered this disparity.
|The view from the percussion section|
Nervous musicians take their places on plastic lawn chairs beneath the blue- and gold-swagged, open-air tent, organizing their pieces and tuning their instruments. A hush falls over the crowd as a man approaches the glass podium etched with the Adventist logo.
"The presidential party has been delayed, but we expect them within a half-hour."
We smile at each other; it is Kenya, after all. Who really thought we'd begin at 9? Time to break out the books that the music teacher wisely encouraged us to bring.
9:30. Another announcement. "The president is on his way, and when he arrives, he'll go there to sign a guest book and go there for a tour of the campus, then move on to inspecting the honor guard, then into the library for a tour. THEN we'll begin. But we can begin with some musical numbers! I'll have an opening prayer; this is not the opening prayer, but a prayer just to open the program." (???)
& more introductions
10:15. "The president is inspecting the honor guard. Let us sing a hymn together!"
10:45. We've heard and performed multiple special numbers from a half-dozen special groups. "The president is on his way now..." Yah, sure.
11:00. Opening prayer!
11:15. Introduction of those present.
11:25. Introductions continue.
11:30. Introductions seem to be winding down. But then... not really.
11:35. "I don't have time now to introduce our featured guest, the president of the General Conference, Elder Dr. Mr. President Pastor Ted Wilson, current president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, but he - Dr. Elder Wilson - will be introduced at a later time."
Too bad you didn't have time.
12:00. Recognition of those present.
12:30. History of the project, with recognition of those present.
1:00. Formal introduction of Elder Ted Wilson.
|Elder Mr. President Sir Ted C. Wilson|
1:50. Closing prayer.
1:58. Closing prayer for the closing prayer.
2:00. Lunch!! Hallelujah, amen.
A meeting in Kenya...
That's all I'll say about it.