OUR PLAN FOR THE DAY
We will be meeting with EECMY staff today, reporting on our time in Aira and thanking them for their warm welcome to us.
GOD’S STORY/OUR STORY
“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall
labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:12-15).
Keep the Sabbath day holy, and “remember,” the text says: “Remember . . . that the Lord your God brought you out of [Egypt] with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Psalm 136 echoes that wonderful phrase:
. . . and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures forever . . .
The psalm tells the story of God’s work in creation and Israel’s release from Egypt, and every line of the story is interrupted by the refrain: “For [God’s] steadfast love endures forever.”
There it is: God acts because “God’s steadfast love endures forever.” That’s the promise. That’s the reality. Find time to remember God’s work and God’s love for us.
Rachel visited the Korean Hospital, one of the newest and most up-to-date hospitals in Addis Ababa. One of her friends from college is working there this term, so Rachel was able to meet her and tour the hospital. We picked her up just before dinner this evening.
Ron, Girma and I visited the Mekane Yesus Seminary campus today. It was convocation, as they welcomed students back to campus. I wanted to make contact there for our potential Cantare trip next June. The dean of the music school is very interested in our visit, and he mentioned "continuing contacts and relationships." Who knows where this will lead? I smiled at the banjo (which he plays) hanging on his wall.
Then we ran over to the communication unit of the EECMY, which is right next to the seminary. They publish printed resources, prepare radio broadcasts and other audio programming, and are beginning to develop television programming and other video programs. Ron saw in them a resource for the Aida Hospital, as they inform the people in the area they serve of their work with cleft palates, fistulas and eye surgery. Every visit brings new information and new ideas!
In the late afternoon we met with Girma, the head of the social ministry department of the church. Ron had some questions about their structure, as he tries to complete his evaluation of the Aira Hospital. It was a fascinating conversation!
Dinner with our friend Teklu was informative and fun (again), and then we headed home for blogging, work on the report that Ron is preparing, and rest. Thanks be to God for a wonderful day!