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On Friday morning, I showed up in Kilimary for the Fandevena or burial. The first thing I noticed was that there were not nearly as many people around the big tree as the day before. The visiting families were all still there because they stay the night in and around the village. Each family finds a big tree to sleep under for the night. Most were finishing up breakfast and were still tired from the long night of partying. I walked up to the village leader's house and was greeted by a few of the believers. I was thankful to see that they were all sober. I was taken back to where they had me sit yesterday on the mat under the tree. This morning there were only 10 older men present but by noon the number had grown to over 100 under this one tree.
Pray for the family of the deceased. Pray for the believers as they minister to their unbelieving relatives.