My Afternoon with Rahmet

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Rahmet’s 2014 School Picture

Last week I got to spend a day in Adami Tulu, one of my favorite spots on earth.  I fell in love with these kids over three years ago when we visited for the first time, and it’s so fun to return and see how much they’ve grown.  On this trip, I had the special privilege of walking home from school with one of our third graders.

Rahmet held my hand for the entire walk from the school to her home.   Continue reading

What’s it called?

IMG_0646Over the years, as we’ve tried to explain the ministry we’re a part of to others, we’ve found that all the different names and places can become quite a stumbling block to those unfamiliar with the work.  We’ve even found ourselves tripping over the details from time to time.  Because of that, I’d like to tell you a little about how the ministry in Ethiopia is structured.

The schools that you’ve heard us talk about so much, have been operated and overseen for the last five or six years by Gary and Peggy Ifft, and their ministry called Misgana Ministries.  The Iffts had been in Ethiopia for several years working on other projects when they were invited to assist a local church in Ziway with their small preschool.  Soon after Continue reading

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