• Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–page 1 and 2

     As I mentioned in my last post, I asked the Lord to “break my heart” as I traveled to Ethiopia on a missions trip with my daughter Emmy, my son Bink, and our family friend Christian. We were with an organization called Ordinary Hero whose primary goal is to “change the world for one.” Over the next several posts in the next few days, I would like to share my Ethiopian experiences and photos with you. Here are the first two pages, labeled Seeking and Finding, of my Ethiopian Scrapbook: Page 1– Seeking One of the places our team visited was Korah, a poverty sticken community that survives primarily through the provisional…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–pages 3 and 4

    Here are the next two pages of my Ethiopian experiences, entitled Waiting and Hoping:Page 3–Waiting      On another day while in Ethiopia, our Ordinary Hero team visited a Catholic Orphanage. The sweet children flocked around our young team members as they played basketball, blew bubbles, and handed out suckers. I loved seeing Bink and Emmy walk into this place completely unihibited by the poverty all around them. They both loved the children so completely, so beautifully.     Upstairs in the orphanage, I found a small room of disabled children. There, laying on thin flimsy mats, were two young girls with what I assume was muscular dystrophy. One girl’s…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–page 5

    Here is one more page of my adventure in Ethiopia, labeled Abounding: page 5–Abounding  One of the most disturbing things to me while I was in Ethiopia was how the street kids in the big city of Addis Ababa would come up and tap on our bus windows and beg for food or money (or anything!). One afternoon, we were surrounded by these children, but we couldn’t hand anything out due to the dusruption it would have caused amongst them. My heart ached as I just sat there and I watched these desperate children at my window. I wrestled with this unsettling question: Why am I on the inside of the…

  • Ethiopian Scrapbook,  Missions

    Ethiopian Scrapbook–pages 6 and 7

      Here are pages 6 and 7 of my Ethiopian Scrapbook, Trusting and Serving: Page 6–Trusting  On Sunday while in Ethiopia, we worshipped at Besa International Church; there, I met a 16 year old girl named Alamnesh who was invited by our leaders to join us. She was resuced from the streets five years ago… street life for any child, especially for a girl, is nightmarish. When I first saw her, she seemed hesitant and timid of our team. She and I sat beside each other on the bus as we traveled to a nearby restaurant; by this time in the trip, I had learned that a wonderful way to…