THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

OUR PLAN FOR THE DAY

We will run out to the Mekane Yesus Seminary, the primary seminary of the church, and also visit the Gudina Tumsa Foundation Center. It’s good to maintain contact with our brothers and sisters in these institutions of the church, to learn from them how they are sharing the Good News.

 

GOD’S STORY/OUR STORY

 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).

We should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them honor, serve, obey, and hold them in love and esteem.” That’s what Martin Luther says about this commandment. Notice he begins with fearing and loving God. As Pastor Samuelson would say, “It’s all God’s.” It’s where all of life begins. It’s the basis for all our actions.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

More meetings with church leaders will help Ron as he formulates his report on Aira Hospital.

Addis Ababa is a huge city, teeming with people. There are no traffic lanes, so many cars, buses, vans, sheep, goats, and people sharing the road, and few stoplights, so driving here is not for the weak. We are happy to have such a skilled driver, Birhanu, who gets us safely to every appointment, knows where to go (even though addresses are nearly non-existent, so directions refer to landmarks), and makes sure we are safe.