Archive | March, 2010

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.

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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.