Barley or Gold

“Why do you ask for barley when gold is available?” I was recently discussing the promises of God with my dear friends from Ethiopia, Desalegn and his wife, Tigist, when she asked that question. It landed in the middle of the room like a brick falling from the ceiling. I sat for a moment in silence allowing the weight of her question to impact me. She went on to challenge us with the notion that Christians are blinded by their own needs and lose sight of how big the ONE […]

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Living Water

Driving across Ethiopia’s rural landscape can be both inspiring and confusing. The beauty sometimes leaves me feeling like I am in the middle of some National Geographic Documentary. Huge Eucalyptus trees, dense banana groves and coffee plants fill the countryside with a green beauty we just do not see in North America. But as I said, it can also be confusing. The chaotic traffic patterns with near head on collisions are common on most roads. They can leave you clenching muscles you didn’t know you had. I’m telling you as […]

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Battle Cries

Staring at the ceiling, my brain attempted to process the volume of different sounds that infiltrated my tiny hotel room, violating my ears at 5:30am. The constant chant coming from a Muslim mosque, calling the religious faithful to prayer, was mixed with random, high-pitched blows of the horn. As if a secret Morse code existed among local taxi drivers, they blasted their horns at a rapid pace in some crazy effort to communicate. The squeal of breaks, hum of traffic and other common city noises competed with the hypnotic Muslim […]

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My jaw truly dropped!

Flying to the heart of the Africa was not my first leap across the big pond. Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Israel are just a few of the exciting places I had been able to visit before my first trip to the Dark Continent. My stomach turned several times from both nerves and also just physical issues. Six weeks before our flight, I had undergone surgery due to a gastrointestinal illness, and probably should not have even been crammed in my tiny Ethiopian Airlines seat. Nonetheless, God had called me to […]

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