So, I have a friend who is spending a year in Gabon working at a hospital there. She’s going to be gone for the holidays and requested that people send her care packages. I don’t think this is an unreasonable request, but she gave very specific (and somewhat odd) instructions for successfully shipping a package to Gabon. She included biblical phrases in french that apparently deter interference with one’s package.
My friend isn’t particularly religious, and I have no idea where this idea came from. Is there any truth to this? I’m not Christian, so the entire situation is puzzling. I don’t read French either, so I suppose this could just be some sort of joke, although that’s not really her style.
Also, I was going to try to collect a group package from friends and see if I can get people to chip in on the shipping. I’m just going to ask for donations, rather than try to estimate how much each person would owe. If I get too much money, I was thinking about buying an amazon gift certificate for her. Is there anything I should know about Amazon and Gabon? I imagine the biblical quotes thing might be tough to carry out. Anyone have any experience with this?