FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

OUR PLAN FOR THE DAY

We wrap up our time in Ethiopia today – including a tour of Addis Ababa, shopping for mementoes, and meeting with any EECMY leaders we missed earlier this week. Then we’ll pack up. Rachel, Ron and Karen will board our flight tonight and jet toward Dublin, Ireland. Girma will stay behind for some time with his family here.

 

GOD’S STORY/OUR STORY

“You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Deuteronomy 5:17-21).

This text is loaded with negatives – what not to do to our neighbors. How can we say it in a positive way? God’s words to Moses are about respecting our fellow human beings, about loving them so that our wants, our desires don’t come first. It makes life richer. It honors God’s whole creation.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

We are tourists today, seeing the sights in Addis Ababa and doing a little memento shopping. Probably the most impactful was the Red Terror Museum, recounting the events during the Derg, the Communist government during the 70s and 80s. So many of our friends in the church here were imprisoned during this time. The General Secretary of the church was assassinated. We are stunned at what evil people can do.

Tonight we start the long journey back to Minneapolis. God has blessed us during these two weeks.