worst blogger ever.

22 May

my greatest apologies for being the world’s worst blogger. life has gotten quite busy & have allowed my updates to fall to the wayside. its hard to believe that i have just five weeks left in ethiopia. where has the time gone? so now, i am just trying to soak up each precious moment that i have with my little ones. enjoy the sweet time i have left with dear friends. and pray that God continues to work in and through me & reveal himself to me in big ways over the next few weeks. pray for me as i prepare to leave this place & these people who i have grown to love more than i could have ever imagined. pray that God would be preparing me for the next step in my journey, interning at auburn christian fellowship.
i am truly in awe of his love & goodness to such an undeserving me. i hope to be able to meet up with each of you upon my return at the end of june & share my heart.


life is gobez.

21 Mar

you must know how my appreciation for each of you grows each day & that your love and prayers is felt in enormous ways.
God continues to be so faithful & his joy continues to overflow.

sorry it’s been a while since my last update, i’ll try & catch you up.
a few weeks ago, i went camping out in the awash desert. saw lots of wildlife; monkeys, warthogs, camels, impalas, crocodiles, baboons, and heard the lions roaring in the night. awash was so gorgeous, we went to the falls, and then drove out into the desert to an oasis where we went swimming in the hot springs. one of the coolest, most beautiful experiences. just a long weekend off school, you know, the usual. (pictures are posted on facebook, check them out)

school is great. the past few weeks have been the best yet with the kids. there is only one week left in this term before our mid-semester break. so you can be praying for energy for all of us to really give this last week our best.

teaching english at the local high school has been going really well. the kids appreciation & determination continues to amaze me. pray that God continues to really open doors through the relationships we build with the kids.

in one week, i will be off to kenya to go on safari in the masai-mara. 🙂 i’m beside myself. & i’ll be sure to take lots of pictures.

if there is one thing that i hope you all get from these updates, it’s that you don’t have to be in ethiopia or any foreign country to experience God like i am. i’m just blessed to have this backdrop. praying that God reveals himself to each of you in your own scene. i’ll leave you with this quote from oswald chambers…
“In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it”.

thank you.
i am blessed.

little joy.

8 Mar

so this afternoon, i went out into the kolfe market to get some bread & vegetables. right out of the gate, a little boy ran up to me with the biggest smile on his face. he reached up and held my hand. i made my utmost attempt to have a small conversation with him in amharic, but didn’t get more than basics. his name is yanay and he is so precious. so he held my hand and walked with me all the way to the bread shop and waited with me while i did my shopping. i bought him a birr bread loaf and the smile that lit up his face, pure joy. a birr bread loaf… thats $.10 .. and Yanay is one of many precious kids that live just outside the gates of my compound. so pray for Yanay and the many other little ones just like him.

ps. for those of you just tuning in, you can catch up by visiting http://www.laurakboyd.blogspot.com

midnight at the oasis

3 Mar

five day weekend at school. in normal life, you might head off to the beach or the lake for the weekend, but in my ultra-cool life in ethiopia, you get to go out to the awash desert and camp.

surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

hiring a guard to camp with you to protect you from lions.

night swim in the oasis hot springs.

yeah, its ok, you can and should be jealous.

going to the habasha chapel.

11 Feb

last weekend, i had the awesome privilege of attending the wedding of two friends who also work at bingham. my first ethiopian wedding. what a fun experience. quite different from a western wedding, but such an atmosphere of joy and celebration. Meaza was a gorgeous bride, and we had such a great time.

a whole new world

7 Feb

so because my previous blog was inaccessible on ethiopia-net, i have created this new blog in an attempt to keep everyone updated on my adventures here in africa.. no promises, but i’m going to do my best. i currently have zero clue as to how this blog works, so bear with me as i try my best to create a semi-interesting and informational blog that accurately reflects the incredible life i am privileged to live, here in Ethiopia.

salam, lb.