SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

The coffee ceremony is one example of Ethiopian hospitality

The coffee ceremony is one example of Ethiopian hospitality

OUR PLAN FOR TODAY

We arrive in Addis Ababa at 7:30 a.m., then we will be off to our housing at the American Guest House. This evening we will be hosting a dinner for some friends within the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). It will be an evening to reconnect, to meet new travelers on this journey of faith, to clarify some of our activities this week.

 

 GOD’S STORY/OUR STORY

Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph (Exodus 1:8).

 Isn’t that how it goes in our world? We ignore or minimize the importance of people or things that aren’t part of our immediate experience. Joseph was a monumentally important ruler in Egypt, but the time came when the king didn’t know who he was.

 In an article in Together magazine over a year ago, Ty Tallakson talked about how “we stand on the shoulders” of those who have gone before us at Good Shepherd, and from that vantage point we can see the future. Isn’t that the wonder of the church – that the people who have gone before us, and the people of God in other places like Ethiopia, are God’s people, brothers and sisters with us? We are richer when we understand and experience the breadth and depth of God’s family throughout time and throughout the world. 

 Pray for us and for our hosts, that together we may celebrate the global dimension of God’s church and learn from each other.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

We have arrived in Addis Ababa! Getting a visa took some time, but then we were shown right to baggage claim. We collected all the suitcases and stacked them high on carts available. There is always a little apprehension as, usually, you put the baggage through the xray machine. But they waved us right through! And Girma's friend Birhanu was there to pick us up. We loaded all those bags into his bright red van, and we sped off to the American Guest House. It's a lovely place, and now we are enjoying the perfect weather and a little time to rest.

As we stood in line for visas, we met a man, Michael, from New York City, who is going to be teaching an intensive course on Galatians at Onesimus Nesib Seminary. We are sure God brought us together! And we found out from him that Pastor Tadese, the president of the seminary, is here to meet him. As we found our accommodations at the Guest House, there was Pastor Tadese! We didn't have much time to talk, since he was on his way back to the airport to collect another short-term teacher, but we will be together this evening for dinner and conversation! He is a warm person, with a wicked (in a nice, churchmanly way) sense of humor, and it is a blessing to be with him again!

We have purchased water, fruit, and juice to tide us over until we exchange for more Ethiopian money. Now we can prepare for beginning conversations this evening. We'll let you know how they go!

Blessings to you all, dear friends and family! We'll be in touch tomorrow!