I am privileged to be the first one to blog about our trip to Ethiopia, which is also the first time I have ever done this. Our flight here was long and tiring, but the airline was nice and the people enjoyable.
Church this morning was amazing! Fifty three nations were represented on this international Sunday. How awesome that God can bring so many people together to worship Him. It made me think of what heaven will be like, people from all nations and tongues all worshiping Him in one accord. The only difference will be that in heaven we will understand all the languages being spoken. The message also was excellent. Oh, to have a heart so hungry for God and a life that shows the world how wonderful he truly is and to be so close to him that you won't die but just pass from this world into the next like Enoch did. That should be our heart's desire. Truly we can be God's friend and need to make more of an effort to know him better.
This afternoon we went shopping to fill bags with groceries for the hospice visits tomorrow. The first "store" we went to looked more like a chicken coop with an awning. What a surprise to actually see food staples within it. I think it is actually called a suhk (spelling unsure), and the owner has a hole in the back that he crawls in and out of and lives there. Shame on us if we ever complain that our house is too small or not good enough! We are so blessed to live in America. The sight of some of these people's homes will never leave my mind. My little, old from house seems like a mansion compared to these.
We have a terrific group of people on this trip. It has been so nice getting to know each other better and so wonderful seeing the heart of a servant in so many people.
The cultural differences are something to behold. Driving is something to witness. If lanes are marked no one stays within them. You need to watch out for horses and burrows that roam free. People cut each bother off constantly and just watching the whole process is nerve wracking. One must learn to pray and trust God to stay alive just for a trip to town.
Tonight we will all go to bed early since we have missed out on a lot of sleep and have been busy. Tomorrow is another day and should be great since we get to be a blessing to a lot of people and hopefully see signs and wonders as we go forth in His name and are the hands and feet of our Savior. Until tomorrow when the next person blogs......goodnight from all of us, and may the God of peace fill you with his love.
Carrie, Dana, Jeanine, Rick, Jennifer, Bill, Carol, and the author of this note.......Debbie