Day Nine Hundred Twenty Six #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

The Captain provided the signal to the timing for our departure. I am thankful for it – not only for the confirmation itself and the confidence it provides, but also for the sense of belonging that it gave to my friend. I rejoice with him that he was chosen to aid the fellowship for this important step.

Both he and Tomas will provide valuable leadership in our absence.

We gathered them with Meesa and Mei for a conference in advance of our expected leaving tomorrow. Meesa will continue in overall charge. And Elijah had very specific instructions for the others to support her in seeing to the well being of the community.

Then all gathered around to pray for our mission.

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Day Nine Hundred Twenty Three #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Harmony crowns our community again. Meesa and Mei have implemented procedures that will hopefully handle any future disputes. Elijah will only be called upon to settle the more thorny ones. A development most welcome to my friend.

I had updated him when he emerged from intercession this morning. At the same time he alerted me that our next expedition is close at hand. And told me to make preparations for an extended absence from here.

This I told him I would do, but I also reminded him that we should time our departure for after the return of one or both of the other search parties.

His reply astonished me. He concurred, but only if that luxury remained to us.

Day Nine Hundred Twenty Two #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Quasimo and I made short work of completing the new drone. Then Elijah and I sent him off to rejoin Jezer to take up the search again.

We then had a brief respite to catch our breath before the next demand on our attention.

When it came, I shouldered it myself as Elijah had sequestered himself with the intercessors in their labors.

A dispute had erupted between members of Quasimo’s group and a few from that led by Mei over the distribution of the daily allowance. Unable to locate Mei, Meesa stepped in to help defuse the tempers. After Mei surfaced, a solution was quickly reached, and consequently the women announced their decision to administer rather than join the search.

Day Nine Hundred Twenty One #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

A day of peace and rest. Much needed and welcome.

Quasimo returned. On his own volition. He was not chased away by Jezer. Rather Jezer agreed with Quasimo’s suggestion that their job would go much easier if they took a drone with them.

I had to tell him that Tomas and the Captain took the only working  one with them. But added that if he could wait till tomorrow, he could help me finish putting the new one together.

He was somewhat disappointed about the wait, but thanked me and sought out his people to pass the day with them.

Mei and Meesa reported all was well and asked if there were anything they could do to help our search.

Day Nine Hundred Eleven #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

I wonder if I’ll ever have that talk with Jezer. Mei was at the point of striking out all alone if need be, to look for him and Tomas. But was held up.

For some reason Elijah was opposed to anyone leaving the hiding place except Quasimo and the drone.

We almost had an insurrection on our hands when Meesa joined Mei in favor of her desire to go out.

I don’t know what would have happened if Quasimo had not returned with the news that Tomas was on the way in.

We were relieved to see him face to face, but taken aback at his sad countenance.

Jezer had distracted a police patrol from Tomas and onto himself.

Day Nine Hundred Ten #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

We were all overjoyed at the arrival of Mei with her group. She had mistaken the route through the similarity of some land features. And upon discovery of her error, took even longer retracing her steps due to the necessity of dodging police patrols.

Our celebration was tempered by the absence of Jezer and Tomas. As of this morning they still have not returned.

We debated sending someone to look for them, but decided to give them more time. No sense repeating the pattern of sending out searchers for the searchers that we have fallen into of late.

I did allow Quasimo to take the drone out for another look around. Something he was most willing and glad to do.

Day Nine Hundred Nine #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

The set apart place was filled throughout the night with intercessors, coming and going. The Captain never left.

And neither did Elijah. But that goes without saying.

I was one of those going in and out. I helped Meesa and Quasimo as they continued to organize the people within the hiding place.

Meesa was supremely confident that Mei and her group will soon be with us.

Later, his responsibilities seen to, Quasimo asked if he could take the drone out for a look-around. I thought it an excellent idea, so I gave my approval, and made a mental note to have that talk with Jezer about another.

He returned within the hour with news that Mei was in sight.

Day Nine Hundred Eight #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Unexpectedly we were not the last ones to arrive at the hiding place. Mei’s group still has not appeared. We were so late beginning our trek that our passage took the whole night. And somehow our group and those of Tomas and the Captain as well must have passed them by.

Jezer volunteered to go in search. And of course Tomas joined him. (Against Jezer’s usual complaint- the unfamiliarity of the other with the environs).

We gave them our blessing and set about organizing the available spaces to the various new groups.

That done, it was readily apparent that there is still room for myriads more.

Elijah introduced his set-apart place where many will be soon interceding for Mei.

Day Nine Hundred Seven #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Meesa and Mei surprised us by entering the refuge in the wee hours of the morning. And it was very propitious for all concerned.

They brought intelligence about a movement of soldiers in the area of our planned transit. She counseled holding off our starting time to allow them to pass through ahead of us.

This we did. And we also broke up into smaller groups taking advantage of these unexpected extra guides.

Elijah and I called Tomas and the Captain in, to once again go over our route, in light of a few tweaks suggested by Meesa.

We held back while Meesa set off with the first group. Then in measured intervals Tomas – Mei – and the Captain.

Lastly us.

Day Nine Hundred Three #DairyoftheEndoftheWorld

Our council closed last night with a series of decisions. Quasimo was dispatched back to the hiding place overnight. We all knew that Jezer would be beside himself waiting for news about us.

And we hope Quasimo will arrive before Jezer does something rash. We want Quasimo to take over there and free up Jezer to come help us.

We bid Godspeed this morning to Meesa who will lead Mei and her group to our base.

The rest of us will wait for Jezer to arrive before Elijah and I depart with the combined groups of Tomas and the Captain. That way we can vouch for and introduce Raj P to Jezer.

We pray that it will all come together.