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Reader friends,

 

With the help of an anonymous donor, roving disseminator Mark Bloomfield has been seeding 500 Urantia Books throughout Africa this year. Mark is highly skilled at placing books in public libraries, seminaries, universities and other places of learning. He is well on his way through the first phase of the African seeding project and planning for phase two. Another 500 books are needed and minimal traveling expenses. Mark estimates $15,000 (usd) will be required for completion of the next phase.

 

If you are interested in contributing, contact Tamara Wood at Urantia Foundation (tamara@urantia.org), or donate online via the UAI's website, http://www.urantia-uai.org/paypal.html (also please contact project tracker, Merindi Swadling merindi@hotmail.com and inform her of your donation).

 

Feel free to spread the word about this project or create a local drive. Readers around the world are waiting to discover this new revelation just as you did. The reason you found it is because the first or second generation of readers seeded it where you live. Each generation is responsible for carrying the revelation in tact to the next. If we do this faithfully, The Urantia Book will someday be within reach of everyone on the planet---thanks to reader/believers like you.

 

Mark, a native of England, has done many seeding tours over the years, and he has served in India alongside Mother Teresa. He is also involved with the FreeSchool project that puts the most impoverished of Urantia's children into classes for about fifteen cents a day. He is a ceaseless worker in the David Zebedee tradition. In his latest report to project coordinators Mark lays out the case for support of the next phase of the African seeding tour.

 

Second UB Shipment to Southern Africa: The Case for Support

 

A twenty minute barrage of searching, probing questions from the residing reverend of the Lutheran Theological Institute in Pietermaritzburg before gratefully and graciously accepting the Urantia Book into his institute's library collection.

 

Free breakfast plus a one hundred Rand donation towards my seeding mission on behalf of the Durban Catholic Diocesan Chancery in appreciation of their free copy.

 

A personal audience with the Archbishop of Cape Town who after accepting his free copy wanted to chat about Mother Teresa who we had both known.

 

The Durban Theosophical Society offering me their premises as a free base of operations after receiving their copy.

 

The retired Methodist Bishop of Port Elizabeth, having founded what is called the Centre for Spirituality, Wholeness and Reconciliation in neighbouring Humewood, after a long question and answer session about the book assuring me he will read it carefully then show it around all his closest colleagues in the area.

 

The Port Elizabeth Bible Society freely conceding that the book they had received could in certain circumstances easily become more use to them than the Bible.

 

Each municipal and provincial library system in turn invariably and enthusiastically offering use of their internal distribution networks to reliably get as many donated Urantia books out to as many of their numerous branch libraries as we'll care to donate to.

 

These typical examples of recent experiences of hand seeding the Urantia Book into various learning centres of South Africa are only a few among many others that could be mentioned thus far. In fact with over a quarter of the first shipment of 480 books already seeded, I have yet to experience even one single negative encounter whilst presenting the revelation.

 

It is this somewhat pleasantly surprising 'third world' openness towards new truth combined with a first world infrastructure and degree of reliability to get books where they are needed with the added advantage of English being near universally spoken and understood that makes South Africa one of the world's most desirable seeding targets. That South Africa is both the economic and civilizational powerhouse of the continent together with her population centres being such diverse melting pots only adds to the case for hand seeding this and surrounding countries carefully, systematically and thoroughly.

 

In order for that to happen however we need at the very least another shipment of 500 Urantia books to Durban in the coming weeks where they will be relayed overland to Johannesburg where I will await them. Without such, the public library systems cannot be fully utilized to bring higher truth to earnest truth-seekers and many learning centres like the ones alluded to earlier will remain sadly unministered to which in my view would be both a tragedy and a travesty.

 

A second shipment would fill all the gaps in South Africa and also enable neigbouring Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique to be similarly hand-seeded. And with the seeding of all such countries complete, enough books will be set aside for the hand-seeding of basket case Zimbabwe with it's 8000% inflation and 80% unemployment. (As an ultra-high risk mission it will naturally be left to last.)

 

Your fieldworker, as should by now be well known, is able and willing to remain in the field on an indefinite basis and as always is daily adapting to the environment in which he finds himself. The cost and means of shipping and seeding books here is a known quantity and enough UB quotes exist that point to the calm, careful, free and loving presentation of the fifth epochal revelation to the potential and actual leader/teacher strata of all races, nations and religions of the world as being Michael's plan and the Father's will as to make a small book of.

 

In this light, I therefore ask you my brethren to please contact Tamara at the Urantia Foundation,(tamara@urantia.org) if you would like to help offset the cost of donation books and/or to help towards the small trickle of funds needed to offset my daily living expenses as to allow this all to happen over the coming months.

 

Thank you and God bless you all.

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

[Mark plans next to seed the new Portuguese translation across Brazil. Rick Warren, rewar@swbell.net]

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Hi members of international Urantia Book readers.

 

I am doing a dissemination work in my area (Ahuntsic, ouest Montr?al) I need 30 of spanish traduction of the Urantia Book, 30 of english one and 60 of french one. Thank you in advance.

 

I wish that my asking is not hurting someone.

 

If you are interessting in contribuing, please pm me.

 

Claude Martel.

 

PS: If nobody send me something, no problem. Everything are "in the hand of The Father"

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Urantia Papers, P.1615:2

I tell you the fields are already white for the harvest. He who reaps receives wages and gathers this fruit to eternal life; consequently the sowers and the reapers rejoice together. For herein is the saying true: `One sows and another reaps.'

 

A though.

 

Claude Martel.

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Dear Forum Members.

 

Approximately $10,000 more is needed for Phase two of the African seeding tour. Mark is winding up Phase one and preparing for the next step. To date, almost $5,000 has been raised for Phase two. Thanks to all who have given support so far. Join us, the Urantia Book will one day be available to everyone thanks to truth lovers like you of each generation who feel compelled to sow the seeds of revelation here and there around the planet in order that all seekers will eventually have it nearby.

 

There are two ways to donate to this project: Contact Tamara Wood at Urantia Foundation (tamara@urantia.org) and make arrangements. And Paypal is available to online supporters http://www.urantia-uai.org/paypal.html . Please feel free to share this report with other readers or copy it to reader newsletters. What follows is a report in Mark's own words and style:

 

 

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 09:07:33 +0100

From: Mark Bloomfield

Subject: Ghosts in the Machine: South Africa Special Report

 

"It's the blood of the Druids that never shall rest..." Stan Rogers

South Africa Special Report - Ghosts in the Machine.

 

 

Books, bucks, Bloomfield: the three 'B's.' Wherever, whenever and however these three ingredients come together, results always have and always shall quickly follow.

 

In this instance, the first 'B' was the shipment of 480 large hardcover Urantia Books from 533 courtesy of an anonymous donor that eventually came into my possession, 380 of which were delivered to my small boarding house room in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on Thursday 7th June 2007 whilst the remaining 100 were kept for me at the shipping agent's warehouse in Durban where they arrived by sea.

 

Just five weeks later on Wednesday 11th July, 310 books had been seeded across the nation the story of which is the subject of this special report. By the 16th, another 40 copies had arrived in Windhoek, Namibia with me by bus for the Namibian seeding and the remaining 130 were left at my lodgings in Port Elizabeth to be seeded upon my return to South Africa, both of which will be described in subsequent reports in the coming weeks.

 

A second shipment of 500 books has been urgently requested in order to do southern Africa any kind of justice, the case for support for which has been included beneath this report (see below).

 

From the outset I knew I was going to need more books. Five minutes after entering Port Elizabeth (P.E.) Public Library, my first South African seeding target, the lady librarian had put the library's internal distribution network to their other 21 metro branches at my disposal and asked how many copies I could spare. My reply of "22" caused her face to light up. That very same day, visits to the local college and the Greek Orthodox community among others confirmed the trend: first world infrastructure, third world openness and approachability.

 

Perhaps back in the apartheid era things may have been different but as matters stood, the whites have had to embrace change whether they liked it or not whilst the blacks and coloureds have started to create their own middle class with time on their hands to do more than just try to survive the day.

 

Living out of cheap boarding houses and backpacker hostels and eating simply as has always been my way when in the field, all the remaining books were stored under the stair well of my boarding house before taking the day bus from P.E. to Durban that weekend to pick up the 100 books waiting for me at the shipping agent's warehouse.

 

Though South Africa's mostly first world infrastructure helps in terms of a good road system and internal public library distribution networks, life is relatively expensive which increases the need to work quickly. But as this nation's gun crime statistics show it's three major cities as the world's most dangerous after Baghdad, whilst taxis are too expensive and city mini-buses usually more hassle than they're worth, seeding cities on a shoestring must therefore be done nearly entirely on foot despite the inherent risks.

 

Durban was the first major urban hit with 85 books seeded across the greater metro area, once again balancing the block seeding of public library systems with the individual hand seeding of both secular and religious centres of learning. Like the 8000 plus seedings of previous years, a record is being faithfully kept of each and every centre where the revelation has been given, such a record in and of itself occasionally making interesting reading.

 

An hour from Durban, the town of Pietermaritzburg, capital of the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal was hand-seeded in a single morning. A visit to both city and provincial library system headquarters there proved that between the two, I could, had I have so desired, block seed the entire shipment of books there even without leaving the province.

 

After returning to P.E. to finish seeding there, a hundred books went with me on the overnight bus back to Cape Town where I had arrived in the country from my previous assignment in the Far East.

 

Each morning with a backpack of books on my shoulders, your fieldworker walked through both well to do and slum neighbourhoods to reach the day's targets armed only with a telescopic steel baton in his back pocket to fend off murderous armed street thugs.

 

In addition to the usual secular seeding targets, the usual religious ones: bishops and archbishops, bible colleges and seminaries, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Bahai centres of learning. On the 26th of June, even the Cape Town Church of Scientology accepted the revelation for it's library after a long and friendly presentation.

 

After returning once again to P.E., a morning was spent seeding historic Grahamstown nearby before another overnight bus with another hundred books inland this time to Bloemfontain, capital city of the Orange Free State. Arriving with only a thin sweater and rain mac over my shirt at 3.30 in the morning into exactly minus 6 Celsius, I was shivering almost uncontrollably as I tried to guard the books from both predatory fake taxi drivers and the street thugs who had clocked me, all the while carrying every cent I had in the whole world in cash around my waist.

 

A few days later with 60 books in place I loaded the remaining 40 on to the long haul bus to Windhoek, Namibia that I could seed before returning to S.A. on a new three month visa to enable me to finish seeding the last of the remaining books still stored in P.E.

 

As the books were being loaded on to the bus, the burly driver in broken Afrikaans-English asked me if I was going to Namibia. Upon my confirmation he said the books would most likely be confiscated by Namibian customs and not to blame him if that happened. I told him I'd take my chances. Having been in a string of similar situations before, Michael was once again petitioned to the effect that I can't help him if he doesn't help me.

 

Knowing something was going to have to give as I waited in transit from Bloemfontain in the small town of Upington near the border for a scheduled 6.30pm departure for Windhoek, it occurred to me that for some reason the bus had not re-emerged for boarding yet. Six hours later, it finally re-appeared which meant that instead of arriving at the Namibian border in mid- evening, we got there at two in the morning, only to be waved through the customs section by bleary-eyed customs officials who wanted only to go back to sleep.

 

Having broken down in the middle of the Kalahari Desert later that same morning, we finally limped onwards with only two forward gears arriving in Windhoek some nine hours behind schedule from where this report is now being written. Tomorrow morning seeding in earnest will begin here but that will be covered in the next special report in the near future.

 

The 'ghost' of revealed truth continues to quietly filter into the machine that is both the religious and secular establishment and all that, on a worldwide scale. The World Seeding Mission ensures that such a benign apparition just keeps appearing and ever more frequently to the end that whereas previously stumbling across fifth epochal truth would have been close to impossible, the time will come when it becomes almost impossible not to.

 

Epochal revelations markedly change a planet's history and the fifth shall be no exception so long as it's followers do what needs to be done to continue it's worldwide dissemination and right now that means among other things another 500 books to your fieldworker at the earliest possible convenience.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

~ ~ ~

 

[Mark's report from Namibia soon.]

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[uAI Forum Friends. Mark continued seeding the revelation across Southern Africa in July, phase one is all but complete. Below he details an encounter in a Namibian seminary, one of about 8500 placements he's done around the planet. This report/appeal is from July 27, unedited and in Mark's own dramatic style. Next, Mark has visa troubles and returns to Thailand---for now. Much love, Rick]

 

 

Nocturne. (Namibia Special Report from Mark Bloomfield.)

 

If you're one of those far-seeing visionary types who in their slowly growing numbers are either graciously supporting or thinking of supporting the fifth epochal World Seeding Mission, you might perhaps gain a new perspective on the dynamics of these transition occurrences between dispensations by putting yourself into the shoes of the following person:

 

You are the rector of Namibia's largest Protestant theological seminary situated in the quiet southern outer suburbs of the nation's capital, Windhoek. As if from nowhere, a tall European figure who you'd probably remember (even if he'd only come to fix your air conditioner) is ushered into your office whereupon he greets you politely by your name, introduces himself, and explains the reason for his unexpected visit.

 

He's courteous but confident and calm, focused but friendly and articulate enough but in an unrehearsed and spontaneous way. As a man of the cloth, between the person before you and what he has brought you, your sixth sense quickly kicks in and you send word to all your colleagues to immediately meet in the conference room to which you gently lead your unexpected though not unwelcome guest.

 

Ten minutes have elapsed. You and all your lecturer colleagues are studying several open Urantia Books whilst seated around a large rectangular conference table, of which from the centre of it's length your guest explains in animated detail both the gift he has brought together with what effect such has had upon his own life.

 

In all that he says, Christian teachings that you are all too familiar with, keep shining through. In expressing how his experience with the book increased his love for God and His Son as well as his desire to serve his fellows, touching upon his subsequent humanitarian background, he correctly alludes to this as the acid test of the book's validity: that a bad tree cannot bring good fruit and vice versa, and for his own part, "by their fruits you shall know them."

 

Fair enough also that mention is made how truth sometimes appears in unorthodox raiment and at any hour not merely from a passing stranger but that even the highest such might be uttered by a small child. But whereas non-Christian religionists and atheists alike might never pick up a Bible, no such defensive shields are raised against the Urantia Book as a book of truth which by nonetheless validating all truth that the Bible contains, thus becomes a potentially powerful untapped resource for all truth-sensitive Christian denominations.

 

Questioned as to the book's origins just as tea and sandwiches were being served, he answered with a flurry of questions of his own:

 

"Did God stop loving us 2,000 years ago? And would He not wish to continue to reveal His love for us as and when we evolve new capacities to receive such? Would He not want to fill such new found capacities even to overflowing?"

 

"God desires all His children to grow in grace and spiritual maturity."

 

Holding the milk pot to all present after topping up his tea, "We cannot keep just taking the milk of spiritual infancy after growing to the point of needing to part take of solid food," as he gestured with his eyes to the sandwiches.

 

"Besides, show me a Bible reader who doesn't believe in both miracles and revelation! This book only continues what pattern was first established in the scriptures themselves millennia ago."

 

It was not so much the immediacy of each forthcoming answer as though he'd been asked the same questions a thousand times over as much as each being not 'an' answer but rather 'the' answer...the only one he could have given and the one that went straight through us.

 

Even quizzed as to his own background, motivations, how he had arrived here and where his home was, his answers were revealing:

 

A simple layman who, having found something he believes to be true, beautiful and good, and thanks to a benevolent publisher and a small clutch of generous supporters, simply enjoys freely and voluntarily sharing such with his brethren the world over. Without so much as a tent for a home base and no vested financial interest in any ultimate result, a simple pleasure is taken in laying the book before all nations, races and religions of the world that they might have their own experience with it.

 

And when the time eventually came for mutual parting blessings having left two copies of the book for the seminary, he departs as he arrived, walking with his day pack on his shoulders, a good hour's walk back to the city, never to be seen or heard of again.

 

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Whilst any seeding target is only rarely given two books, the above is otherwise in no way untypical of what happens on a near daily basis whilst seeding any given country. Of only 42 copies brought into Namibia (reflective of it's tiny population to land ratio), a whole string of parallel experiences could have been narrated.

 

From Windhoek, the four hour journey across the Namib Desert to seed the final half dozen books in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, (hitchhiking to and from the latter to save on a taxi fare) both on the Atlantic coast, where this report is now being written. Then, the 35 hour overland haul this Sunday back to Port Elizabeth via Cape Town to pick up the last batch of books for the further 20 hour haul to Kimberley in the Northern Cape, then on to Uppington and Springbok to finish this the first phase of the southern Africa drop of 480 books.

Immediately thereafter I will have need of a further 500 books into Durban port for this most essential of all missions to be able to continue without delay but that can happen only with your full support so ask your Heavenly Father in the meantime what He would have you do.

 

Additionally, with separate funds set aside in Australia to replicate the free schools model for impoverished and illiterate children successfully employed in northern India and to a lesser extent on the Thai-Burma border, I've decided to hold off for a while until I reach some of Africa's most hopelessly failed states to which Namibia cannot rightfully claim to belong.

 

As for a revelation's seeding, you can see by the earlier example that once bestowed, things can never be the same again for any learning centre visited: the revelation, once found cannot be 'un-found', in as much as you can't change history.

 

See here the 'crossover' nature of these inter-dispensational days as two tectonic plates of world history uneasily abut one another. As each learning centre is presented with the revealed truth of a new epoch, one dispensational clock within each centre stops simultaneous to the clock of the next immediately starting....and quite indifferent to any human inertial lingerings to the contrary.

 

A fish. A loaf. Half a bottle of blood-red wine: the fish supper of common labourers in communion with their Master and semi-recurrent theme of these the Gardener's Chronicles.

 

But whereas labourers of the fourth epoch take their supper as the closing culmination of their work day, the labourers of the fifth epoch, being the nocturnal labourers of the day yet to come, part take of such sustenance not that they might sleep but instead, that they might work.

 

Their 'day' has not yet dawned but they labour to the end that to the Glory of God, the dawn of their day eventually might come.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

[There are two ways to donate to this project: Contact Tamara Wood at Urantia Foundation (tamara@urantia.org) and make arrangements. Also Paypal is available to online supporters http://www.urantia-uai.org/paypal.html . Please feel free to share this report with other readers or copy it to reader newsletters.]

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[Dear Forum Members. The project's tracker, Merindi Swadling of Australia, recently issued the following update, and Mark Bloomfield said yesterday he will attempt to return to Africa later this month. Rick]

 

Hi friends,

 

Please see Mark's latest update below. As you can see, a necessary and temporary halt has been made to the African Seeding Mission. Due to visa constraints into South Africa, Mark has had to depart the African continent for Thailand for a short period. To get a new visa, he needs to re-enter from outside of Africa.

 

Mark will remain in Thailand until the 500 books for Phase Two have been made available.

 

All donations for the African Seeding Mission are being held in trust until Mark returns to Africa for Phase Two.

 

Speaking of donations - more is needed for this project, and anything you can do to contribute would be greatly appreciated. As previously, donations can be made via UAI paypal (http://www.urantia-uai.org/paypaldonation.htm), or directly to Tamara Wood at Urantia Foundation (tamara@urantia.org). Thank you so much to those who have already given to this project.

 

In loving service

Merindi Swadling

 

 

 

 

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Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 09:52:24 +0100

From: mpblmfld@yahoo.co.uk

Subject: Africa Seeding Mission Newsflash: A near Fatal Blow

 

 

In a bizarre and somewhat surreal turn of events I find myself unexpectedly torn away from my mission temporarily in order to stay out of a South African jail cell!

 

It all started a few days ago on the return overnight bus journey from Windhoek, Namibia, to Cape Town, South Africa. At the South African immigration post, instead of giving me another 90 day visa as was up till now standard procedure, they said they didn't do that any more and that I need to go to the Department of Home Affairs in Cape Town to apply for an extension to my current visa which expires just a few days from now on the 5th of August.

 

On arriving at the aforementioned office the following morning, I was told that they no longer renew visas and that I have to be out of the country before my visa expires on the 5th. It wasn't that they were unsympathetic, but only that the law is the law.

Obviously, the first question I asked was whether I could hop across a border, say into neighbouring Botswana and come back in again to which they responded that I cannot now re-enter from any nation on the African continent!

 

Yikes!

 

With only days to get myself off the continent or face deportation and/or imprisonment, I rushed to the travel agent with the last of my emergency funds that I had stashed in a hollow belt and explained my situation.

 

Three destinations were about equal in price for a return ticket: Buenos Aires, London or Bangkok, but knowing I could live cheaper in northern rural Thailand as well as re-visit the freeschools I had set up there along the Burmese border last year, I choose the Bangkok flight and paid the equivilent of $1270 (US) which all but cleaned me out, having no other funds in the whole wide world as a reserve after so many years as an unpaid volunteer.

 

Having resigned myself to the fact that I have just lost my emergency fund (for which incidentally I don't wish to be compensated for from money donated to the African seeding project), the next issue was to decide how long to stay before returning to South Africa to resume the seeding mission.

 

As many will know, we are still waiting for a new batch of Urantia Books to be printed, and that having been so, will need around a month to arrive by ship to Durban where the first batch arrived.

Knowing that visas cannot be renewed and that there will be a delay in receiving the next batch, I chose to book my return flight after slightly less than one month hence in order to avoid using up precious South African visa time waiting for books to arrive.

 

In the meantime, the 120 or so remaining books still stored at my old boarding house in Port Elizabeth are quite safe and the land lady has been notified of this rather infuriating but utterly unavoidable delay.

 

As for all those supporting the Africa seeding mission, your patience and understanding during this awkward interlude will be deeply appreciated.

 

All things considered, I did the one thing I had to do in order to stay in the game, albeit at the crucial loss of my last financial safety net.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

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A Mission To Die For.

 

(South Africa Special Report: Part Two. 9/18/07)

 

 

"Hmm....tricky;" your lad of all chores thought to himself as he gave calm, clinical consideration to his increasingly precarious situation.

 

A hundred large hardcover Urantia Books plus personal luggage deposited by the big Afrikaans bus driver on to the pavement of downtown Kimberley on a bright Sunday morning after two back to back sleepless overnight bus trips from Cape Town via Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontain. Left shoulder still out of action, unarmed with all his cash on him as always with the local street life already around him and not believing their luck.

 

To the complete astonishment of the biggest, baddest looking thug amongst them I walked straight up to him, looked him straight in the eye and pointing to the boxes, told him to watch my luggage and make sure no one takes anything before I headed off up the road without even waiting for his response or bothering to look back.

Not far along the road I came to a petrol station where a young black guy was pumping gas. Putting a twenty Rand note (about $3) into his empty hand I asked him to call me a cab and pointing to where I had left the books, started back for them, again not waiting for a response.

 

Ten minutes later, both the taxi driver and the gas station guy who had followed me back after a few minutes had loaded all the books into the taxi whilst my reformed hoodlum friend faithfully kept watch with the same look of bewilderment on his face and I was on my way to my next set of four walls and a bed, staring out of the vehicle's window indifferently and wondering what to do about lunch.

 

A good week or so ensued during which time, in addition to the usual mix of hand-seeded academic and religious institutions together with the block seeding of the public library system by trying to say the right things to the right people, my recently invented adrenaline sport of black township transiting was further indulged in. Trudging through such squalid, broken down slums to get to where I needed to be as a lone white man loaded down with books always seems to make the heart race and the mouth so dry you can't swallow, but to emerge unscathed again is to feel blissfully alive.

 

Another cramped overnight bus journey put me back in Port Elizabeth and that same old run down boarding house under the stairwell of which the revelation has been freely and safely stored all this time; a humble little Victorian townhouse that has over the months taken on something of a shrine to the spirit of it all.

Monica, the kindly old landlady of Irish ancestry who lives there is one of this world's true characters. Doomed to a life of incessant turmoil, upheaval and family tragedy, her staunch Catholic faith always holds her as, doting over me like a mother hen, she gleans me at every opportunity for all my experiences with Mother Teresa back in the nineties. Her husband Rayhart, as kindly as her but an Alzheimers sufferer forgets me if I'm even away for a few hours and must upon my return be re-convinced he knows me.

 

Vulnerability....humanity. That is the story the human response to this revelation will have to tell on High and across a vast universe. At first glance somewhat pitiful and pathetic but with a subtle undertone of gentle grace and dignity just beneath the surface that no modern day Herod or Caiaphas could ever sensitize to. Just plain ordinary folk like Monica and Rayhart together with all those good people on the homefront that support this mission faithfully playing their roles in helping a divine revelation on it's way.

 

And so before dawn the next morning, fond hugs of farewell and on with the last 26 of the first shipment of 480 Urantia Books to dower, cosmetically challenged East London four hours up the coast. A few good seeding days culminating in a wonderful visit with the lady pastor of the city's Presbyterian Church after her sermon and that was the end of the first shipment.

 

Another overnight bus this time to Johannesburg where thanks to Tamara at the Foundation, 200 more books are soon due to arrive by air from New Delhi where they were printed some time ago. This batch should keep me busy until a further 300 arrive some weeks from now by sea to Durban putting the running total for Southern Africa at just under the thousand.

That ought to be enough to give the whole of Southern Africa including sick puppy Zimbabwe a light dusting of first phase fifth epochal seed.

 

So vital, so critically important to the spiritual economy of this planet is it that the potential and actual leaders and teachers of all nations, races and religions discover the very highest revelatory truths out there to be found that no price, personal or financial can be too high a one to pay to ensure the success of the fifth epochal World Seeding Mission.

 

And whatever final price any genuine fieldworker will end up paying to stay in this 'game of ghosts,' the continuing financial support from the homefront remains crucial to the mission's success.

 

We are a team of equal partners in this most essential service to humanity.

 

 

In search of the Father's will,

 

Mark Philip Bloomfield.

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Africa Seeding Mission: Brief Update

 

Yesterday afternoon (1st October) 200 Urantia Books arrived at the residence of South African reader and cherished sister Simone Cox where I am currently staying in a guest room under Simone's generous invitation, 30 minutes east of Johannesburg.

 

The books arrived from New Delhi where they were printed and stored for some time and are the first 200 of 1000 English books from the same source allocated to the African Seeding Mission.

 

Today, Simone drove me around Jo'burg in her car on this the first seeding day of the new shipment which culminated in the first 15 books being hand seeded which would otherwise have been seeded on foot. Needless to say, being chauffeur driven around seeding targets is something I would not have much difficulty in getting used to but alas, will not last forever!

 

The publisher who air-freighted us the 200 as a stop-gap estimate that it would take another 70 days for the next shipment of 300 books to arrive in South Africa by sea: far too long to give me any visa time to seed them while air-freighting again, though much quicker, is prohibitively expensive.

 

Obviously, a change in plans was called for so I notified New Delhi to ask them to send by sea the 300 to Mombasa, Kenya instead of to South Africa which will give me ample visa time to seed what books I have here across all those difficult and time consuming targets in southern Africa, then journey to East Africa to collect the 300 arriving there by sea. If I time the second 300 book shipment correctly, I should be able to return from the East African seeding leg back to South Africa to immediately finish the southern African leg. The remaining 200 English of the 1000 allocated will be used to fill in across West and North Africa a little further down the road.

 

Visa constraints periodically come in the way of my preferred plans but with the continued support from the homefront will never alter the final result. All Africa stands to be seeded so whichever order it is seeded in hardly matters. What does matter in my view is how this whole episode demonstrates to one and all just how effective a team effort this entire mission is becoming.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

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Thanks to all African seeding supporters. This funding goal has been met, and Mark is finishing the groundwork. His latest report follows.]

 

 

 

It's a Laugh.

by Mark Bloomfield

(Africa Seeding Mission Update # 9 )

 

 

With 680 Urantia Books now in place across South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, 300 more arriving by sea in Mombasa, Kenya any day now and a further 300 arriving in Durban, South Africa a month or two from now, the 1280 books when seeded across all of southern and eastern Africa will represent roughly the half way mark of the entire African Seeding Mission.

 

Another year beyond that should be enough to clear up northern and western Africa, then 8 months to seed 1000 Portugese across Brazil and 6 months for 1000 Italian across Italy but all that only so long as the steady support from the homefront continues.

 

Johannesburg with it's stratospheric violent crime rate was always going to be either the city that would get clobbered or that would clobber me. As things turned out, when the dust finally settled a thumping 129 books had been individually hand seeded within it's city limits.Whilst the vast majority of targets were seeded on foot, the last outlying targets remaining on the very last day Simone Cox, our South African reader friend kindly chauffered me to in her car.

 

A few days in Pretoria covering some of the more important bases in conjunction with the block seeding of the city's public library system then by bus with the remaining books to Gaborone, Botswana's diminutive capitol city. With a total nationwide population of just 1.6 million, all important targets centered in Gaborone plus the fact that Botswana makes even South Afica seem cheap to live in, I needed to quickly do my business and get out of there which is exactly what happened.

 

Gaborone was accordingly trounced in two days dead. After Jo'burg, taking the city was like kicking over a bucket-sized sandcastle on the beach with a steel toe-capped boot. Tea and biscuits with Brother Brendan at the Passionist's Meditation Centre and a wonderful visit at the library of the madrasa adjoining the city's central mosque helped make my short sojourn in the country all the more enjoyable.

 

If it was offered that America is currently the world's least loved nation and especially across the Islamic world, that would not be to deliberately try to hurt the feelings of the American people but rather to merely suggest what is in all probability a simple provable fact right now. With that in mind, it's firstly probably for the best that non-Americans carry the Urantia Book to our Muslim brethren, secondly, that such is done in a sympathetic and respectful person to person approach, and thirdly with the plain, original Urantia Book without what to Muslims is an idolatrous image of Jesus of Nazareth on the cover that to their belief system is one of their prophets.

 

Unfortunately however, as this report goes out to you, the idolatrous version is being impersonally promoted by Americans in South Africa which hosts a strong and vibrant Islamic population of mostly Middle-Eastern and South Asian extraction. As Islam takes ever more keen notice of the Urantia Book, this by my reckoning is to throw a stone into a hornet's nest: to needlessly pick a fight that can never be won and from which no geographical location on the face of the Earth can provide a safe haven from.

 

We therefore now have moderate Islam taking an interest in the non-idolatrous original book for one set of reasons whilst fundamentalist Islam takes an interest in the idolatrous version for an entirely different set of reasons.

It seems that a natural harvest is in the course of being reaped by each version of the Urantia Book in exact reflection of the original motives behind the creation of each.

 

Whatever murder, mayhem and horror is either directly or indirectly attributable to fourth epochal Christendom's pitiful sub-division against itself over the last 2000 years is only the palest hint of the horrors that will be attributable to the same sub-divison amongst the followers of the fifth in the 2000 years to come. That is my honest opinion.

 

Re-unite around the plain old original Urantia Book and join me and others in the thrilling and daring mission of bringing it to within easy reach of every single sincere and earnest truth seeker across the entire planet.

 

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We're back in Gaborone, Botswana. It's the evening of the third day and we've got to get out of this place. It's really expensive. On to the overnight train to Francistown near the Zimbabwe border then, bleary-eyed, straight on to a bus for the all day journey to Kasane, the small northern border village with Zambia on the banks of the Zambezi River. No rooms available anywhere and getting dark but finally finding an empty tent for the night right on the riverbank. Collapsed in a heap to the sound of the gruntings and oinkings of disgruntled hippos and the full accompanying extra-terrestrial symphony of the African wild.

 

Up at dawn, unshaven and looking rather pathetic, I walked, bag on shoulder passed the quizzical stares of the emerging khaki-clad safari-goers with their myriad safari accessories and gizmos and on to the road to slowly disappear in the direction of the border. A couple of miles down the road an African guy stopped to give me a lift the rest of the way.

Over the Zambezi on the free ferry and into Zambia after paying $70 for the visa, then into the back of a share taxi to Livingstone some 50 miles up the road with a beautiful young African woman called Monica for company and who I ended up spending an enchanting evening with later that day.

 

Booked on to the bus to Lusaka, Zambia's scruffy little capitol two days hence and with a few hours to kill that following day, I took advantage of a cheap seat in a share-taxi for the 5 mile trip to the Victoria Falls just for the heck of it. Walking alone just a few feet from the vertical precipice into the Vic Falls, two vicious looking thugs suddenly sprang up from the bushes and tried to block my escape away from the cliff face to my immediate right. With all my cash on me I had to make an immediate decision. With a flash vision of disappearing into the Victoria Falls with a headlocked thug under each arm in my mind's eye, what is known in military doublespeak as an 'expedited tactical withdrawal' was conducted. A few minutes later the retaliation came in my leading two machine gun toting police officers jogging behind me by which time of course, my would-be attackers had made good a tactical withdrawal of their own.

 

Give the devil his due, backing me up to the edge of the Victoria Falls no less was a nice touch and could have made for a rather colourful exit from the world stage. Sometimes in this peculiar line of work you can almost sense the heat signature of the enemy's nearness but always at such times you become faintly aware of the hare-like alertness of the seraphic presences. Consciously aspire to become the one human being that Caligastia would want to kill and you never need worry about life ever becoming dull again.

 

Back to Livingstone, a couple of petty extortion attempts at my doorstep by the local crime gang then off to Lusaka only to break down 10 miles down the road. A replacement bus an hour later finally got me into Lusaka at dusk from where this report is being written.

Recovering well from a couple of days of poor health as a result of drinking vile, rusty tap water for too long, a poor diet and a lack of sleep but thankfully the temperature I was running and the aching joints don't look like developing into malaria which concerned me as I had started my malaria tablets a tad late.

 

Booked on to the slow train to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 2 days from now and waiting to receive the visa from the Tanzanian Embassy which meant another $50. Once in Dar Es Salaam I'll be back on home turf as such was my home base during my bush pilot years. From there, the relatively short bus trip to Mombasa, Kenya to hopefully pick up the 300 books from the port there for the East African leg of the mission, and doubtless another string of ensuing reasons to be cheerful and laugh my way through life on this sacred plot, this sceptered isle called Urantia...sentimental favourite world across a vast universe.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

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Africa Seeding Mission Update #10:

Space Time Meets African Time.

One bright sunny day, Africa will doubtless be awash with locally printed native language Urantia Books and abuzz with thriving study groups too numerous to ever bother trying to count.

 

To reach that day from this however is going to take time, effort, money and the stoic, gritty determination of both fieldworkers and the homefront alike. Just like the early pioneer settlers trudging west across North America, the World Seeding Mission, as relatively quick and cheap as it is, doesn't have as it's reason for being the breaking of any speed or cost efficiency records. That kind of task would fall more to those who follow in as much that before maps can be read from they must first be written.

 

Having seeded the last books of the current shipment into Botswana, the long overland haul to Mombasa, Kenya on the east coast where 300 more books were soon due to arrive from India by sea. The previous update having been written in Lusaka, Zambia, a rickety old chicken bus whisked me four hours north to a tiny outpost village called Kapiri Mposhi that enjoyed that singular redeeming quality of being at the beginning of that useable portion of railway track that extends from Lusaka to Dar Es Salaam on the coast of Tanzania.

 

"Snails move faster" was the exact phrase used by one travel guide in dismissing the oily old locomotive that met my gaze on the track as it quietly burbled to itself with cheerfully demented indifference. To their credit however, both proud boasts of the rail authority ultimately proved perfectly true.....

 

Departure time: As per schedule almost to the second.

 

Arrival time: Some time next week.

Oh God I love this job!

 

The symmetry of it is perfect. A mission of planetary, and in a certain sense even super-planetary significance, a model of functional unity and teamwork in loving and unselfish social service, the exotic backdrops and occasional high thrills of an action movie interspersed with a semi-regular supply of rollicking good laughs!

True to form, exactly 53 hours later the iron snail crawled to a halt at Dar Es Salaam train station and your fieldworker quietly vanished into the Arab quarter of the city he once long ago used to call home. A fifty dollar Kenyan visa the next day then off on a smokey old bus northwards to the town of Tanga for the night. Next morning, another cramped chicken bus across the Tanzania/Kenya border and finally into Mombasa later that day.

 

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(Mombasa. Ah yes. Another colourful memory from way back in my pre-UB seeding days of aimless travel. Only dropping in there for nothing more than a gin, a few days later saw me perched on the bowsprit of a 14,000 ton Russian 'Jadroplov Lines' cargo ship on a two week passage to the mouth of the Suez Canal in Egypt. As we exited the port one evening around dusk, the huge foghorn behind me started bellowing in that intermittant way you'd honk your car horn at an old friend. In reciprocation, all the, er, less than savoury bars shall we say along the headland that sailors tend to frequent to indulge in their respective vices started flashing their bar lights on and off which made me glance back at the ship's bridge with a worldly grin. A quaint nautical custom around these parts I later learned and far too jolly an anecdote to not find a brief mention in these chronicles.)

 

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Linking up with the agent whose details appeared on the shipment's bill of lading, it was explained that although the books had already arrived in port, the consignment had not been sent from the sender in India as a 'door to door' shipment as I had specifically requested but as a normal shipment instead. When simple instructions like this don't get followed in a third world environment, the space-time continuum abruptly ceases, 'Indian time' or 'African time' immediately kicks in and a bureaucratic nightmare usually ensues. Sure enough, only now am I expecting the final essential original document to arrive from India by courier that should theoretically make the books' final clearance a mere formality though that said, we're now getting uncomfortably close to the Christmas holidays.

 

 

All that can be done right now is being done, and as and when the books finally clear no time at all will be lost in hand seeding them first to the west as far as blood-spattered little Rwanda then southwards down East Africa to put me back into South Africa so as to collect another shipment of 300 books currently in transit. When those are seeded across what remains of southern Africa that is yet to be covered, that should bring us roughly to the half way stage of the entire African mission and mean around two metric tons of Urantia Books are in place.

 

 

A smallish though significant enough portion of a fifth epochal fieldworker's year is usually taken up either in transit or in coaxing books through customs or waiting for someone else to. It comes with the territory at this still early stage of the revelation's evolution. But keep in mind here that all the while such a fieldworker is living out of cheap guest houses and backpacker lodges, feeding himself at cheap eating houses and going straight to bed shortly after it gets dark so no extravagant hotel or travel bills ever get run up.

 

And as it looks like the holiday season will be weathered here in the bowels of Mombasa, it is from his small room in a little guest house down a relatively quiet backstreet of the inner city that your cheerful co-worker in this big, beautiful and world-uplifting mission of ours sends his warmest and heartiest seasonal greetings to one and all for the holiday season.

 

My heartfelt thanks as always for your big-hearted support, peace be upon you and God bless you all.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

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Dear Members,

 

Mark pushes on, now thru Kenya, even as it experiences its worst turmoil in years. A post election riot has been simmering for weeks now. Mark slips by and around danger, happily planting seeds of revelation along the way.

 

The following report is his latest from the field. To help Mark complete the African seeding and begin seeding the Portuguese translation in Brazil, contact Urantia Foundation, ask for Reader Services, at 773 525 3319. Thanks to all who have contributed to his work! Thanks Mark.

 

 

 

 

Africa Seeding Mission Update #11

 

The Last Mzungu.

by Mark Bloomfield

 

 

Beautiful things are sometimes hijacked by not so beautiful people and for still less beautiful reasons. In Kenya's case a small clutch of individuals who constitute the sum and circumference of their own respective private universes fall victim to their own life long tendencies of only internalizing what truth feeds their own conceited notions whilst spinning the rest into a tangled knot of self-deceit. Either no longer knowing the truth from the lie or else knowing but simply preferring the spin, the nation's political arena becomes their next intended vehicle of self-perpetuation and subsequently close in for the kill, utterly indifferent to final consequences upon others and devoid of even the slightest flicker of human compassion. If a million people died in post-election turmoil their self-deceit would immediately rationalize such as the necessary price of the nation's 'liberation.'

 

A few weeks prior to the turmoil in Kenya following the bungled December 27th election, 300 Urantia Books quietly slipped into Mombasa port unnoticed by all except another small clutch of individuals who, trust me, strive to live by a very different set of motives. A problem early arose however when contrary to specific instructions, the consignment was dispatched from India as a normal shipment as distinct from a 'door to door' shipment which necessitated the production of several original documents from the sender in India in order to clear customs and which took their time to arrive. By the time they did, the Christmas holiday period was upon us and shortly thereafter, that infamous election which precipitated near anarchy for the last three weeks and is as yet unresolved, blocking roads and causing gridlock at Mombasa port.

 

During this frustrating period, your fieldworker could do little more than dig in and continue to live cheap whilst maintaining a gentle and friendly pressure upon our cargo clearing agent in Mombasa (who for the record were fabulous throughout and emerged as my personal heroes.)

 

As the post-election rioting intensified across the country and mob rule started taking over from the rule of law, the mzungus (white foreigners) became noticeably fewer on the ground with every passing day as the usual daily taunts and ridicule at street level started being replaced with open personal threats. As the local thugs of each neighbourhood got to know where I stayed, I'd move on to the next guest house in the next neighbourhood. During one riot, the mob tried to burn down the shop immediately adjoining my place of residence.

 

The 300 books finally cleared on Friday 18th of January amid a firefight just a few blocks from the shipping agent's office in the bowels of Mombasa that sounded like the typical Hollywood style wild west shootout.

 

By prior arrangement 15 boxes (180 books) were stored at the agent's office whilst 10 boxes (120 books) we drove through the chaos to the bus company that sporadically plies from Mombasa to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania ten hours south down the coast. If the bus was running (as recently it wasn't) the plan would be to seed Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi in an anti-clockwise loop with the 120 so as to return for the rest in Mombasa after affording such time as to hopefully see an end to the turmoil. Luckily the bus was still running and I dropped off the books and bought the ticket for the next morning's bus out before returning to the agent to bid them a fond temparary adieu, all the while feeling like the last remaining white man in Kenya. Upon doing so, three staff members asked to borrow copies of the book to read whilst I was away to which I of course happily consented.

 

It was with much relief that all on board the bus arrived next morning at the Tanzanian border but once across, no fewer than five unofficial police checkpoints stood between us and Tanga, the first major town along the coast towards Dar Es Salaam. At one such roadblock, assault rifle wielding police out of uniform were busy pummelling one man for no known reason as we arrived. At each roadblock, the buses' luggage compartments were searched where the police each time came across the 10 boxes of Urantia Books that could have so easily landed me in a world of trouble but as things turned out, never once did.

 

At 5pm on Saturday 19th January my bus arrived in Dar Es Salaam (fittingly Arabic for 'haven of peace' or at least in relative terms) from where this update is now being dispatched from. The hand seeding of Tanzania and elsewhere will commence in earnest bright and early tomorrow morning with a view to making up as much lost time as possible and will hopefully see my return to what's left of Kenya in about a month's time. Upon such a return, the remaining 180 books will be quickly seeded across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda before returning to Johannesburg to finish seeding all of southern Africa.

 

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During these intervening weeks and as I deliberately engineered, the issue of rival, competing brands of Urantia Book and Urantia movement as opposed to more attractive alternatives became the subject of hot debate among myself and various prominent individuals on either side of the Foundation/Fellowship divide. For the benefit of all current and potential supporters of my seeding efforts let me briefly summarize my stance on this issue lest there be any remaining ambiguity:

 

Neither the stifling uniformity of excessive rules and regulations nor the Luciferian folly of unbridled libertarian adventurism, Bloomfield yearns to see a loose and liberal Urantia movement showing a nevertheless visibly united face to the onlooking world so as to help render the revelation as attractive to humanity as possible thereby helping to make it all the more effective in it's world-uplifting mission. To deny a definite link between thwarted, de-railed epochal revelations due to their non-attractiveness/non-effectiveness and much of the horrors, atrocities and chaos of this world is in my view the denial of reality itself. So why needlessly play Russian Roulette with all future generations when relatively minor adjustments on our part with all yet to be agreed checks and balances in place could go so far in helping us as a collectivity avoid making all those fateful mistakes of a pitifully sub-divided and priest-caste dominated Christian church?

 

And if this my considered stance makes me unpopular and even causes all monetary support for my seeding work to dry up, pause to consider that self-financed philanthropy (albeit on a modest scale) was where I came from and is if need be where I shall cheerfully return to rather than abandon these my long-held convictions.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

 

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[Ex bush pilot Mark Bloomfield presses on seeding the revelation in Africa, side stepping the many wars and attendant anarchy. Only guessing, but the title of this report seems to reflect the multi-faceted polemical oddity of placing an epochal revelation of God and love in diverse cultures now simmering in hate and material/ethnic rivalries. In this report Mark reflects some on his history in the air over Africa as a pilot, and the present conditions he sees on the ground as a seed planter.]

 

 

Quadraphenia.

(African Seeding Mission Update #12)

 

 

You're strapped into the pilot's seat of a self-assembled experimental aircraft in the near darkness of the pre-dawn in a remote corner of Dar Es Salaam International Airport, Tanzania one morning in 1992. Your eyes are closed in deep concentration as you ponder the singularly simple question: "Do I feel lucky?"

 

The tiny dirt strip in the vast Selous Game Reserve (pronounced Se-loo) that is your destination is out of range. Way out of range. If you ran the fuel tank bone dry you'd not make it much more than two thirds the way there.You've stowed extra fuel on board but that won't help you as there's nowhere to land, being unbroken semi-jungle the whole way. Without a map or navigational aids beyond a simple compass and a magnetic heading scrawled in chinagraph on your flight suit knee pad, even if you did have the range but were only a couple of degrees off track you'd never find it. The lions and leopards would dine first followed by the hyenas and vultures with the maggots and dung-beetles cleaning up what little's left. To help protect the last 60,000 elephants of the original 120,000 that the ivory poachers haven't shot and chainsawed up yet is what's keeping you from climbing out of that cramped cockpit and going back to bed. The next two minutes of silent meditation are definitive and crucially relevant to the rest of your life however short or long a period of time that might turn out to be.

 

With opened eyes and the sound of a single 'click' you pull the pin out of the scary looking red handle just in front of your seat that any modern era fighter pilot would assume to be the ejector seat handle thus in reality to arm the rocket motor of the B.R.S. mounted just inches behind the small of your back. Giving each strap of your already tight four point harness another tug, you commence your pre-start checks in a kind of dazed serenity.

 

You've done it. You've beaten the system. You've given up the mortal struggle to cling to life and given it back to your Creator, but therein through that low doorway lies your true liberty and life-everlasting as nothing can now hurt you in as much that you can't kill what's already dead.

 

And as eerily indifferent as to what might happen next to whoever, or more appropriately, whatever piloted that little machine up to it's cruising altitude on that peculiar morning, strange to record that what actually did happen next continues to spook me to this very day.

 

 

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That was then. This is now. And from his little room in the back streets of Dar Es Salaam, your fieldworker ponders problems of a different kind. Three batches of Urantia Books in three separate locations and all of them in trouble. 180 books stored at the offices of the shipping agent in Mombasa, Kenya awaiting my return whilst the political situation there spins out of control. 120 books with me for seeding across Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi, to be dragged in the usual manner on and off clapped out buses and trains amid the normal array of touts and thugs, and 300 more stuck in South African customs in temporary limbo over another bureaucratic snag.

 

Well, between the relatively small number of books to hand seed, a deal struck with the chief librarian at the National Library and several books mailed out to remote, non cost-effective targets, Tanzania got lightly seeded in little more than a week.

 

Next up, another encounter with the 'Iron Snail', the return fifty plus hour train journey from 'Dar' back to Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia where the track becomes impassable a few hours north of Lusaka the capital. The struggle to get the remaining 70 books on to the train from my room in the city turned out to be a Hellish encounter with money grabbing taxi drivers, railway porters and corrupt police officers that I'd prefer to forget but that nevertheless warrant's a mention.

 

Refusing to pay the porter's jacked up prices I manhandled the boxes of books in small stages through the hordes of people to the upstairs departure hall. The most troublesome porter who I guessed to be in collusion with the police took the policeman aside at the hall's entrance and whispered something in his ear which prompted him to put me through something of an interrogation before allowing me to proceed. One look at this guy and you could see he was trouble although as if by cue, a genteel railway official by the name of John came to my assistance, helped smooth things over and even found me a trolley to push my burden to the waiting train.

 

That evening and several hours into the train journey, guess what? The same problem policeman that had earlier given me all the grief steps into my train berth in his vest and re-commences his questioning even though off-duty.

 

"Beam me up Scotty" I think I remember quietly muttering to myself. A quiet word in the conductor's ear, a little cash transaction and a berth in first class was made available to me which I didn't seriously think would get this guy out of my face but surprisingly did. Having hauled all the luggage there after checking it for planted drugs as part of a set up for an arrest, I collapsed on to the upper berth and switched to 'pleasant memory mode' to escape the grimness of my situation....

 

 

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.....My eyes narrowed as they focused in upon the largest grain of rice I could find which in actuality was one of a clutch of Nile crocodiles lazing on the mud banks of the Rufiji River some 500 feet below me in the Selous Game Reserve. Time to indulge in what was then my favourite (and probably also the crocodiles' favourite) pastime. Power down, a wide descending turn then lining up with the river at full level speed just inches above the water and heading straight for the largest croc of the pack. Steady...steady....full power, yank the control column back like you hate it and pitch up into the vertical like a homesick angel. Glancing beneath me as the 'g' forces distorted my face to see the gaping reptilian jaws snap shut just a few feet from my undercarriage inducing as it always did a fit of guilty, evil laughter. All rather silly but no harm done as the crocs have a chance to hone their killer instincts as I do mine.

 

"Can't kill what's already dead"...floating in upon the mind as slumber rolled itself around your smiling fieldworker amid the clunkings and joltings of the Iron Snail's night passage.

 

 

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Forty hours of dust and diesel smoke later saw the first of the Kapiri Mposhi street thugs cum railway porters leap aboard the still moving train as it neared it's final resting place. A succession of heated, physical scuffles to barge through them with the books and into the nearby stationmaster's office for assistance. Thirty seconds later and the stationmaster himself was guarding the books on the platform and ordering his deputy to carry them into the station's luggage room for free storage. Into a local flop house for the night though not before another quick brawl with another local thug who wanted to rob me as I sat eating at a roadside eating house. Next morning and two hours after loading the books into the Lusaka chicken bus we finally finished filling up and moved off only to have a tire blow out ten miles down the road. Into Lusaka finally that afternoon and straight into preparations for seeding.

 

As it may by now be appreciated, in comparison to the logistics of dragging hundreds of books across Africa by road and rail, the task of actually seeding such is actually fairly straightforward and pleasant. As things once again ran their normal course, a particularly enjoyable visit with 'Brother Benjamin' at the Catholic Major Seminary and with his counterparts at the Islamic Centre of Zambia.

 

Away with the last remaining 27 books a week or two later by bus down the 'Great Eastern Road' which soon enough deteriorated into the Great Eastern Mudtrack towards Lilongwe, capital of Malawi. Over the tout infested border and into Lilongwe late that night then by taxi into a nearby budget lodge.

As hand seeding got underway, I had my first personal encounter with an African UAI member by meeting up with Grevet Moyo, President of the Malawian branch of such, an all round nice guy who invited me back to his family home in one of the city's suburbs. A more than pleasant evening with him and his family re-enforced my belief that whilst in my view a few conceited, power-hungry types seemingly seek only to hijack and exploit the revelation for their own selfish ends (and usually under the pretence of 'liberating' it), the vast majority of readers are good-natured types like Grevet who only wish to protect, nurture and serve it.

 

And having now moved on south to Blantyre (from where this report is coming to you) so as to seed the last remaining 7 books before the long return overland haul back to war-torn Kenya, regardless of what happens out here in the field, my central concern ever remains the overall welfare of the revelation and of the Urantia movement as a collectivity.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

 

 

[To assist financially with this project financially, please contact Urantia Foundation: 773-525 3319, ask for Reader Services and refer to Mark B's seeding tour.]

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Mark Bloomfield's latest report from the field:

Guernica. (The Thirteenth African Seeding Mission Update)

We're in Blantyre, Malawi, thus named after David Livingstone's Scottish hometown with the last handful of books left to seed before returning overland to Mombasa, Kenya to pick up the remaining 180 books of the Mombasa shipment. A forty mile chicken bus ride brought me to the town of Zomba, previously Malawi's capital and a profitable morning's seeding of it's university, Catholic seminary and numerous Protestant theological colleges.

 

Next the return trip back through Blantyre to Lilongwe and, soaked to the skin after a downpour, straight on to the Dar Es Salaam bus that same evening still dripping wet for what turned out to be a gruelling 26 hour haul up through the length of Malawi and the width of Tanzania. What would otherwise have been an undisturbed 26 hour long succession of narrowly avoided fatal road accidents was made somehow bearable by the delightful company of a young Muslim mother sitting next to me and her two year old tot of a daughter perched snugly on her lap. This little one was a laugh a minute and often had me in stitches. A complete joy to be around. Though I wouldn't normally so much as lay a single finger on a child, no matter how innocently, with mum's permission I was able to give her a loving little pat on the head which brought beaming smiles to all our faces. Joyous interaction with blessed humanity like that always bolsters my resolve not merely to attempt to serve this life-nurturing revelation of ours but also to jealously and robustly defend it against what I see to be all forms of predatory and parasitic elements.

 

Dar Es Salaam finally materialized late the following night. A full day spent horizontal coughing the fuel-oil smoke out of my lungs and nursing a heavy bout of flu then back up north along the coast to Tanga. Away by bus the following morning back into Kenya and reaching Mombasa late that afternoon in the hope that the post election violence would have subsided.

 

Cheers, hugs and handshakes all round upon my returning to our shipping agent's office in central Mombasa where the remaining books were freely and faithfully stored during my time away. A few cracking good day's seeding the greater Mombasa area with especially fruitful visits among the Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian communities, also dropping into the Catholic cathedral to leave a copy 'wid da Bish.' All remaining books then bundled on to the overnight train with me to Nairobi (nicknamed 'Nai-robbery by many as a result of it's violent reputation.)

 

Latema Road, being where many of the mini-buses (called 'matatus') congregate in the bowels of the capital is not exactly what you might call Nairobi's most prestigious address but was known previously to me for that singular redeeming quality of being (by the city's standards at least), dirt cheap.

 

Awoken early each morning to the blaring of bus air-horns and the sound of hyper-active bus conductors pounding on bus roofs before practically throwing passers by on to their buses, I'm currently recovering from what I've passed off as a mild case of food poisoning. No matter. Life goes on and the seeding never once stopped.

 

Arise to the light scuttlings of vanishing cockroaches and rinse the thin film of black grime off the small wash basin that filtered in from the putrid air outside during the night. It's another day and another privileged opportunity to share with your brethren a Divine revelation of God's profound love for them.

 

This last week's seeding of Nairobi has been truly memorable and in such terms for instance as whacking what is probably the largest synagogue, the largest mosque, the largest Catholic basilica and largest university in all East Africa one morning and in the space of ninety minutes dead.

 

Oi Vey! (...as they like to say in Tel Aviv.)

 

Amid social and political upheaval is to my experience always a fine time to seed a nation as people, having witnessed the flaws and failings of the status quo seem somehow more open to new ideas and new truth. Hopefully the fragile calm will hold out and I can finish my work here before moving on to Uganda and Rwanda so as to complete this the East African leg of the African Seeding Mission.

 

This whole campaign remains like others before it balanced precariously on a razor's edge. A lone white man weighed down with the revelation, a thousand bucks cash strapped around his waist plodding through neighbourhoods where you could quite easily get your throat cut for only your boots is not perhaps what many people would describe as the greatest mission on Earth bar none, but to me, that is, was and forever shall be exactly what it is.

 

Even the archangels stationed here can only ever look on and dream of being in so strategically powerful a position to uplift this darkened sphere.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

To help keep Mark supplied with Foundation books, please contact UF and earmark your contribution for Mark's seeding tours. If you are interested in learning Mark's system/method of seeding, he is seeking students, preferably stronger readers who are passionate about dissemination, and who navigate the planet well.

 

Thanks, Rick

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Forum Friends,

 

Mark Bloomfield continues seeding south, east and central Africa. Thanks for your support, the following is his latest report on how your contribution is being spent. Seeding is the necessary initial phase of dissemination for this voluminous book revelation. There will be no study groups, no Fifth Epoch and no reader/believers in a region until the Urantia Book has been seeded.

 

 

 

Through The Long Rains.

 

"Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." (Antoine De Saint Exupery.)

 

 

(Africa Seeding Mission Update #14.)

 

With the 300 books for the East African leg of the Africa Seeding Mission now in place, the principle cities of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda respectively can now be considered to have been lightly seeded. But had 3000 books have come my way for just this leg, doubt not that good homes would have been found for all of them. The usual dilemma of course is that never having sufficient funds to finish the mission and with ever less certainty of additional funds coming my way, how thinly or thickly to seed any given region can only ever be a best guess.

 

As East Africa's most important city, Nairobi was seeded the heaviest and by the end of my stay there was done a real degree of justice by anyone's standards. The overnight bus from Nairobi west to Kampala, Uganda with the remaining books was however to take me through the epicentre of the recent tribal violence triggered by the badly bungled December elections so it was to be another of those long trips that you like to get behind you. A bad start to it all came when not twenty miles out of Nairobi shortly before midnight after an already greatly delayed start, the bus, like so many before it, broke down by the roadside. This is not a good situation for a lone white man weighed down with a heavy cargo to be in. An overfull bus stuck on the open road in the middle of the night inside a simmering semi-warzone.

 

You've been in this game a long, long time so the usual drill: don't bring attention to yourself, wrap yourself in your light rain mack, hood well down, limbs in to conserve body heat, then with eyes closed, just retreat back into your own mind whilst waiting and hoping for the best under the moonlight of a clear sky and the loving watchcare of an otherwise friendly universe.

 

By dawn the fog had enveloped our little chicken bus but the bus company support vehicle with the spare part we needed managed to finally reach us and an hour later we were on our way again. The further we went however, the more the evidence of the recent turmoil became visible. First it was the occasional burnt out house. Then came the occasional burnt out village until whole small towns had been mostly reduced to blackened, flattened rubble amid the smell of ash lingering upon the air. Refugee tents hastily erected amongst the debris served as makeshift shelters for some whilst most others just fled the region entirely.

 

Arriving late at night in the middle of Kampala, Uganda during a rainstorm, then the usual search for a halfway honest taxi driver at journey's end whilst doing all I could to keep the books dry. This period of the year in this region is known as the second rainy season or the 'long rains' and I had arrived right in the middle of it. Four rain-soaked days following the Easter weekend ensued as the city was seeded in the usual way..on foot. Each day brings it's own special memories and Kampala was no exception with many happy encounters whilst seeding. One grateful librarian at a private university was so thrilled with her copy that she wanted to display it in the middle of the library in a glass display case!

 

Although keeping my eyes and ears open for a possible venue for a free evening school for impoverished children similar to the ones I helped to open in India years ago, no time was otherwise wasted in buying a bus ticket to Kigali, Rwanda some 10 hours west of Kampala for the following day on the pretentiously named 'Jaguar Lines' bus with my last box of books.

 

Up there with North Korea, Burma and Cuba, Rwanda is after it's recent bloody history perhaps understandably a rather surreal nation to visit though picturesque enough at first glance. To put the 1994 genocide in perspective, take a geographical area perhaps the size of your average American state and upon it impose the final death toll of '9/11' each and every ten hours continuously for three and a half months. And if that isn't enough horror for you, just hop across to the Congo next door, the original Heart of Darkness, and you'll be counting the massacred of recent years in their millions.

 

Each time I cross an international border out here it usually costs $50 a pop for a visa except Zambia that charged $120, but crossing into Rwanda was free. Furthermore, for all the attention Immigration paid to my passport details, had I have glued a picture of Darth Vader over my passport photo it wouldn't have mattered. Reach their customs area however where all luggage is searched and bizarre as it sounds, all plastic shopping bags are duly confiscated as they are strictly banished from Rwandan soil. The zeal with which this law was enforced seemingly at the exclusion of all others was as though if I had a grenade launcher over my left shoulder and a sack of heroin under my right arm I'd have been casually waved through.

 

Though the Urantia Books were carried in my one water-resistant bag my personal luggage 'sans le plastique' stored as it was under the belly of the leaky old bus was in for a dunking at each and every waterlogged pothole all the way to Kigali. Sure enough, upon my arrival at dusk and luckily happening to find a nearby guest house that wasn't full to the gunnels, I emptied my personal effects on to the floor in a single sodden clump.

 

Two and a half days was all it took to hand seed this little nation's capital and as Rwanda is known as 'Land of a Thousand Hills' , the fact that the centre of Kigali sits quaintly on a hilltop is no reason for us to get overly excited. The same bus back to Kampala, another $50 for another mandatory single entry visa thank you very much, and a timely top up of funds via the Urantia Foundation enabled me to buy a two month round trip ticket back to Johannesburg for two days hence.

 

It was a 5am flight back to Jo'burg via Nairobi from Entebbe airport some twenty miles from Kampala on the banks of Lake Victoria so I decided to sleep in the terminal so as not to risk missing it and to save on room rent. Nervous moments were spent coming back through South African immigration as I had so few funds on me after the outlay for the flight that they had a legal right to disallow me re-entry but Lady Luck smiled on me once again.

 

Today sees me happily united with the 300 books that Simone Cox very kindly stored for me while I was away in East Africa as I prepare to re-commence seeding work with the block seeding of several remaining public library systems in South Africa together with drops in Swaziland, Mozambique and hopefully Zimbabwe if there's half a chance of a white Englishman getting in and out of there alive in the next few weeks.

 

With over a thousand books already in place across southern and eastern Africa, we are, numerically speaking approximately half way home but a lack of funds always risks cutting the mission short just like previous missions before it. If that occurs, with an indifferent shrug of the shoulders, I'll cheerfully grab the first job I can find so as to save what I can in order to be able to return once again to this mother of all missions, this game of ghosts.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

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Blues and Royals.

 

(Africa Seeding Mission Update #15)

 

Field Report From Mark Bloomfield.

 

Unreserved and indiscriminate bleeding heart humanitarianism merely enables the world's most retrogressive stocks to continue hopelessly out-multiplying the progressives. In as much that inherited capacities cannot be exceeded, each stable and modern democracy they then infiltrate risks a future civilisational bloodbath for survival if it is to avoid a slow reversion back to the new stone age.

 

Your alternative Bloomfieldian approach to compassionate humanitarianism is to carry to the ends of the Earth the winning fifth epochal argument: foster all progressives of each race whilst addressing the retrogressive degenerational explosion through relatively painless mediums such as wise family planning, universal compulsory education plus rigorous crime prevention.

But for all that, to ever lose that simple Jesusonian compassion for the utterly innocent victims of the wrongdoings of others would to me be akin to losing one's very own soul. That's why whenever some affluent western UB reader comes to my attention who allows their remoteness from the worst scenes of human misery to feed their denial of the fact that for many of the world's children life is but a living nightmare, a cold shiver of revulsion never fails to creep down my spine.

 

But whilst you true blue loyalists, you modern day Simon Peters and Mary Magdalenes out there are busy eternally distinguishing yourselves in your own way from the Caiaphas's and Herods of your generation, you might also care to offer up thanks that by God's grace, just shy of thirteen hundred Urantia Books, some two metric tons worth, have now been seeded across southern and eastern Africa.

 

With much of the individual book seeding already behind me, since my return to southern Africa from the East Africa leg of the mission my attention has been largely focused upon the systematic block seeding of the various national and provincial public library systems of the region.

 

Living and operating somewhat comically out of a tiny converted wooden garden shed in the back garden of a Johannesburg backpacker hostel, the Gauteng Provincial Library System was the first to be block seeded upon my return here. As some will know, this is the province wherein Jo'burg is situated and is by far South Africa's wealthiest.

 

Next up, a five hour bus trip to Nelspruit, capital city of the province of Mpumalanga to the east. All bases covered in a couple of days after befriending the chief librarian who let me have use of her car to flit back to my lodge and fetch the rest of the books. Back then to Mission Command Headquarters (the garden shed in Jo'burg) then off to Polokwane in the north-east the following day to hit the Limpopo Provincial Library System.

 

For a guy who winces if any day costs him more than $30, a $7 taxi to Jo'burg bus station, $25 for the bus trip and an apocalyptic $40 for the cheapest room in the town and even before thinking of eating leaves him just hoping his backers realise and appreciate that South Africa is essentially a first world country. But another enjoyable visit with another delightful lady chief librarian the following day helped numb the pain. Personally chauffeuring me back to my room to pick up the books, we spent the journey enjoying each other's abridged life stories.

 

Provincial capital. Garden shed. Next provincial capital. You get the pattern. This time, 8 hours south-east along the base of the snow-capped Drakensburg escarpment to Pietermaritzburg, capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the individual seeding of such had been previously taken care of but whose provincial library system had yet to be covered. Business quickly concluded then a restful weekend spent introducing Andre, gracious host of the charming Victorian townhouse cum backpacker lodge that was my base to the Urantia Book over an unhurried glass or two of the local plonk.

 

Upon each return to Jo'burg I'd walk back to the 'shed' to save on a taxi fare through some notoriously dangerous suburbs but this time amid the usual shouts and taunts, the contemplation of my next trip was all that was on my mind for it was going to call for some fancy footwork.

 

Back to Nelspruit then with 40 books so as to wait for the long public holiday to end before the Mozambiquan Consulate that I had previously discovered there would re-open for business. A hundred dollars for the visa which on my budget felt like the male equivalent of giving birth, then the 5 hour road trip to Maputo, capital of Portuguese speaking Mozambique. Plenty of questions about the books to answer at the border by the customs officer but who was no match for the silver tongued fox. Into grimy, war-ravaged Maputo for late afternoon and into a wheezing rotbox of a taxi that barely made it to 'Fatima's Place,' a quaint little hideaway I'd heard about from another traveler.

 

Fifteen books over the shoulder the next morning and the long march through the guts of Maputo to the National Library with the promise of a return should the Portuguese translation ever finally come my way. With such, a hundred or two would have been seeded the length of the nation but as matters stood, one more day in Maputo with the English book was enough to cover the essential bases such as several universities, the major seminary and the English speaking archbishop.

 

Now for the awkward part. From Maputo, a loop needed to be made back to Jo'burg through tiny Swaziland that adjoined both countries but the only cheap transport to which was an irregularly running 'fill up and go' mini bus based in one of Maputo's thug ridden slums. There was no choice so early one morning another clunker of a taxi dropped me in the middle of thugland with the remaining 19 books, there to ensue one of the least pleasant experiences of my year.

 

Take your pick: while the mini-bus slowly fills, take your eyes off your luggage one time and it's gone in a second. Alternatively, watch it like a hawk and have those same half-dozen louts who would steal it surround you and aggressively vent their offence at how you could possibly insinuate that they might be less than honest. No police. No security guards. No other white faces, a thousand bucks around your waist and nowhere to run. Fists were just about to start flying despite all efforts to avoid such but it wouldn't have stopped there. Not this time. Virtually the only exit would be for the bus to suddenly fill up, the driver to come literally running to it then quickly drive off with me in it.

 

Guess what happened?

 

Crossing into 40% H.I.V. positive Swaziland 90 minutes down the road was like the relief of sinking into a warm foam bath after a hard day's work. Clean and friendly, and a joy to complete the drive across country to Manzini, Swaziland's largest town thence on to Mbabane the capital thirty minutes beyond by a different bus. A couple of easy days covering all bases between both towns including a memorable visit and photo shoot at the Bible Society then one more mini bus all the way back to Jo'burg in five hours dead.

 

And so to the last two boxes (24 books) of the final southern Africa shipment before the journey to West Africa where I've requested another 700 books to make an even 2000 for this particular mission. Off down to Bloemfontein with them in the Freestate mid-country so as to look for a bus from there to nearby Maseru, capital of Lesotho way up in the mountains. But four credible warnings as to how dangerous the city's Central Park Bus Station is where the only mini buses to Maseru depart from at dawn each morning has seen me these last two days look into possible alternative ways of getting there so as to avoid another Maputo scenario.

 

If the truth be known, this whole leg of the African mission could have been sewn up a week or so ago had I have thrown caution to the wind and gone for it but such an approach could just as easily have seen me lying face down in a gutter somewhere in a pool of my own blood. As the West Africa books will take some time to get there, the time factor doesn't warrant making careless and sloppy decisions for the mere sake of finishing up a few days earlier.

 

But having just emerged from malaria infested Mozambique having run out of anti-malarial tablets six weeks ago, we'll not try to deceive anyone into believing that a little careless slop doesn't sometimes find itself creeping into the equation. Perhaps a little loving watchcare from above also occasionally creeps into the equation, even if only to afford the powers that be the opportunity to see what happens next.

 

---x---

 

 

He rarely had two shekels of his own to rub together and even joked about it when asked to pay the temple tax but at the same time was heir to a chunk of real-estate a thousand light years across. He owned only what clothes he wore and as often as not lived in a tent but was the spiritual royalty of all Nebadon. He never much cared for the company of conceited temporal wealth but cheerfully mixed with common working folk thereby elevating their humble lot into a new kind of aristocracy.

 

From what little this lowly and already greying fieldworker might know, any honest attempt by the youth of the Urantia movement to follow in the world field this Nazarene, the single greatest fieldworker in all human history will undoubtedly call for, as the books says, 'all the courageous manhood you can muster," but weigh that against the fact that my own humble effort to do so and in my own imperfect way has long been enshrined in my heart as the single best decision of my entire life.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

[When Mark finishes this seeding tour of east, south and west Africa, he plans next to tour Brazil planting the Portuguese translation. To contribute Books and help with Mark's expenses, please contact Reader Services at Urantia Foundation: 773 525 3319, www.urantia.org To become part of the seeding team, receive training from Mark and become a local or regional disseminator, contact Ben Bowler at bbowler73@hotmail.com

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Reflections Upon Emergent Occasions.

Africa Seeding Mission Update #16

Field Report from Mark Bloomfield

 

It's four o'clock on a cold frosty morning and this is the one you dread getting out of bed for. We're in a cheap guest house in the guts of Bloemfontein, South Africa and the taxi will be here in half an hour to take us to the bus station in the wrong part of town. The one bus a day to Maseru, capital of the tiny mountain nation of Lesotho in the middle of South Africa is where we'll seed the last 24 books of the last southern Africa shipment. Central Park bus station however, where I need to catch the bus is the one place every white local I've asked about tells me to avoid at all costs if I wish to live to a ripe old age, but my only alternatives, taxi or flying are both outrageously expensive.

 

Peculiarly perched on the rooftop of a shopping mall, I wheezed my way up the stairwell to the entrance, a box of books in each hand and my luggage over my shoulder. There he was at the door. A great lumbering black guy seemingly selling cigarettes.

 

Bidding the fine fellow the top of the morning, I enquired as to the whereabouts of the Masero bound bus to which, as the perfect gent, he ushered me to the appropriate bay while it occurred to me that should any trouble arise, this guy would immediately spring to my aid. From sitting duck to sitting pretty in ten seconds dead. But it didn't stop there. Though as the only white in the whole neighbourhood, everyone else was equally pleasant that morning as the bus made it's way through the outlying townships towards the border.

 

Disembarking the bus at Maseru Bridge border crossing, one of the women bus passengers who saw me struggling with the books towards immigration grabbed one of the boxes, and balancing the fifth epochal revelation x 12 on her head, followed me over the bridge into Lesotho. A share taxi was taken to the Anglican church centre in the hope of accommodation but no room at the inn, so instead to a small Christian outdoor leisure centre on the banks of a large reservoir just out of town that was apparently funded by English school children.

 

So then for four days of seeding, commencing with a visit to the U.S. Peace Corps headquarters library, then the Assembly of God Bible College and a memorable visit with a limbless woman at the Christian Council. My favourite however was on day three when I walked straight into the House of Parliament to find myself in the inner chamber suddenly surrounded by several exceptionally large men in black overcoats and sunglasses, each with a funny little wire sticking out of their left ear and whispering into their sleeves. I've always wanted to ask one of those guys if they were born with that bit of wire in their ear or whether it sprouted during a pubescent growth spurt but never quite plucked up the courage to do so.

 

No matter. Five minutes after the book plus intro letter were spirited to presumably either the president or king in the next room, word apparently filtered back that the donation to their library had been accepted and that by either presidential or royal decree, I would on this occasion be allowed to live.

 

Visibly dejected, the terminators as if by shared consciousness simultaneously lost interest in me which was my cue to scuttle away with a sigh of relief.

 

A longish walk the next morning, bag on shoulder, took me from my room back through town and out the other side to be re-stamped back into South Africa, then on to an old mini bus, more rust than metal back to Bloemfontein. Electing to take the overnight bus back to Pretoria so as to save on accommodation, the next twelve hours were spent aimlessly killing time and dosing myself up on coffee to the point that by the time the bus arrived, I practically levitated on board.

 

With only one single empty page left in my passport a visit to the British Embassy in Pretoria revealed that it would take an absurd 7 to 8 weeks for a replacement which made me decide to bump my return flight back to Kampala, Uganda to a few days hence so as to see if the embassy there could replace it any quicker.

 

So back to Kampala with the $50 single entry visa issued upon arrival filling my last passport page and the good news a day or two later that the embassy there could issue me with a new one in just seven working days. Though costing the equivalent of $250, much of that has since been recouped by virtue of Uganda's lower cost of living compared to South Africa.

 

Meanwhile however, delays beyond my control have plagued the dispatch of the 400 English books from India that even when they finally get under way may take up to 90 days to reach Ghana by sea. Though significantly cheaper, sea freight can sometimes be a false economy if one isn't careful. Stranded in Uganda as I am for the moment without enough funds for a one way ticket home to England as I carry no credit or debit cards, the financial top up I need to get home has apparently just now been sent by long suffering Tamara, (a.k.a. Monneypenny) at the Urantia Foundation. When it arrives, I'll be on the first cheap flight to London, the first time back in England in long years so as to visit family and friends as well as to assess my situation.

 

What will try to be avoided during this interim period of waiting will be any unnecessary dipping into already nearly exhausted seeding mission funds so to that end, one of two things need to happen:

 

Either a shipment of French books can be airfreighted into West Africa soon so as to get me started whilst the English books are in transit, or your fieldworker needs to indulge in a little casual work in England so as to offset his living expenses whilst waiting for the English books to make Accra.

 

If no French books are forthcoming and your man in the field needs to sustain himself for a few months on his own self-made funds, attention all drivers in the obscenely expensive Kensington and Belgravia districts of London:

 

You may, at a stop light see a tall, lanky, disinterested looking figure, hands in pockets, waiting for the signal to turn red. Upon it doing so, he'll pick out the poshest car in the pack, something perhaps in the Bentley, Aston-Martin bracket, and just as dis- interestedly stroll up to it. Working up a good mouthful of saliva, he'll spray such over the windscreen in a single action, give it a single wipe with his right shirt sleeve, then gesture with his left palm for a hefty tip.

 

If you happen to be driving such a vehicle in that kind of neighbourhood yourself over the coming weeks and see such a figure, upon reflection, you might do better to just hand him the tip beforehand, in which case he'll simply stroll off muttering "Another happy customer" under his breath amid a suppressed nasal snigger.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

 

***

 

[To help keep Mark supplied with books, please contact UF and earmark your contribution for Mark's seeding tours. If you are interested in learning Mark's system/method of seeding, he is seeking students, preferably stronger readers who are passionate about dissemination, and who navigate the planet well.

 

Urantia Foundation: 1-888-URANTIA (toll-free within the US and Canada) +1-773-525-3319: (from outside the US and Canada) email: urantia@urantia.org ]

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Forum Friends,

 

Mark Bloomfield is back in W. Africa, setting up a seeding tour of anglaphone regions---noting the possibilities he foresees.

 

His latest field report:

 

 

 

The Omen.

Africa Seeding Mission Update #17

 

 

This field update comes to you from Accra, Ghana, in West Africa where the long-delayed final shipment of Foundation Urantia Books from India are due to arrive in the nearby port city of Tema in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'll be looking for seeding targets here as well as researching the logistics of visiting Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia, all anglophone West African nations, with what books don't get used in Ghana.

 

My recent arrival here was from my native homeland, England, after the shipment delays necessitated a forced and reluctant temporary return there from Kampala, Uganda. Additionally, London is one of the few cities in the world to host a Ghanaian Embassy which of course was made use of to obtain my Ghanaian visa. Despite any light-hearted quipping in the previous update, the plan from the outset was to grab the first regular job I could find upon my return to Britain so as to offset my living expenses as it would have felt wrong to touch seeding mission funds whilst there as I was awaiting the books to start nearing Accra.

 

Upon checking an old redundant bank account of mine after my arrival however, to my pleasant surprise it held slightly more funds than was originally hoped for. This of course altered my predicament in such a way as to allow a little lateral thinking into the equation. If my living expenses could be brought down to a minimum, the six weeks or so that needed to be whiled away might just be managed on my new-found funds. What made the solution obvious was my arrival back in Britain in the height of summer amid relatively fine weather. A hiking excursion along the picturesque coastline of southern Wales with rucksack, tent and sleeping bag was the way to go. Thus began a splendidly restful and serene few weeks of hiking a few miles a day, then camping along the Pembrokeshire cliffs, all the while touching only my own personal funds as rightly I should.

 

Little more need be said of the ensuing weeks beyond such other than to mention that upon receiving word as to the imminent arrival of the Accra books and loosely on schedule, back to back financial top-ups were both requested of the Foundation and duly sent. Such were for my one way airticket to Accra, funds for the first month there, as well as a partial replenishment of my small emergency contingency fund that bit by bit, had been left nearly exhausted before leaving Uganda. No monies thus sent by the Foundation were touched until my Accra arrival other than for the airticket.

 

Since my arrival, our shipping agent in Tema has been visited and good relations established, as such have also been established with my UB reading contact some hours up the coast from here.

 

Though no particular problems are anticipated in seeding relatively stable Ghana, Nigeria was recently apparently recorded as officially the world's most corrupt country, with the travel guide books strongly dissuading travelers from going there at all. Add to that, Lagos, it's largest city where I'll need to be, is securitywise for a lone westerner on a par with Kabul and Baghdad. Similarly, Sierra Leone was listed as the world's poorest nation with neighbouring Liberia not even making the list at all (which takes some doing). Of all my seeding missions over the years, the seeding of these three particular nations is likely to be the mission I am least likely to return from.

 

But if all goes quiet and my field reports stop being sent (as doubtless some would hope for), remember that my work for this revelation will have been the priviledge of my life and given the tragic, rebellion-tainted circumstances such as they are, your fieldworker wouldn't have had things any other way.

 

In search of the Father's will, Mark Philip Bloomfield.

 

 

 

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