Let’s try this again . . .

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Nearly a year ago, we announced our plans to move to Ethiopia and work with Lifesong for Orphans, but pretty soon after that announcement our missionary journey got rather bumpy, and, at one point, completely dissolved.  It’s been a long and very challenging year, to say the least.

We’ve been praying a lot that God would direct our steps.  We don’t want to do anything that is only our own agenda and not His.  When encountering obstacles, it’s hard to know when they are challenges to be overcome and when they are indications that you are on the wrong path.  Sometimes they look strikingly similar.  We pray for God’s protection and leadership, but we also know that following His Will is no guarantee of a smooth path; in fact it promises to be challenging.

So we spent a year wrestling and waiting.  Sometimes pushing, sometimes letting go.   Continue reading

We’re Moving

Casey and I are really excited and terrified and thrilled and nervous to announce our plans to move to ETHIOPIA.  If you know us at all, then this probably isn’t a surprise to you.  God has been leading us down this path for the last several years, and, though there have been many times when He has pulled us kicking and screaming out of our comfort zone, we are trying to be faithful to the things He calls us to. Continue reading

Lost and Found

On Wednesday, we held the grain distribution for the Ziway schools.  Again, it was sacred, humbling.  One woman was literally trembling as we filled her bag with food.  Tears welled in her eyes, and she could barely speak.  I feel like I should reiterate that what we gave them was dried corn, wheat, and dried lentils.  This is not feasting food; it’s surviving food.  And yet, they were so grateful.

As we passed food to one older man, he began talking very excitedly to Temesgen.  It turns out that he is the father of sweet, sweet Minyahel, the boy that Cacey Klein and I met at the school fence Continue reading

Grain Distribution

The weekend was long and quiet for us.  Saturday, we walked with the kids over to Samuel’s Home, the foster care home set up by Misgana Ministries.  It wasn’t a long walk, but we are so unused to walking to destinations that the kids were a little bit whiny about it.  However, once we got there, we all had a great time.  We played games with the kids like tag and hide-and-seek.  Then we were able to teach them how to play Red Rover.  They thought that was awesome.  We finally know the names of all eleven of them, and it’s fun to get to know their cute personalities.  I’m so thankful to have this small group of kids for our kids to play with.

We walked back to our hotel for lunch, and then Continue reading

Settling In

We’ve only been here two days, but already it feels like much, much longer.

After a four hour drive from Addis, we arrived in Ziway on Sunday afternoon.  We checked into our rooms at Teddy’s, otherwise known as the Bethlehem Hotel.  We reserved two side-by-side bungalows, one for Casey and me, and one for the kids.  Kally has her own room.  Each bungalow is a large bedroom with a sitting area and an attached bathroom.  So far, the space has worked out perfectly.  The bungalows are only a few yards apart, and we brought a baby monitor so that we can hear the kids during the night.

On Sunday night, we were all up for a few hours in the middle of the night with jetlag and tummy aches from our lingering illness.  Naturally, the kids have Continue reading