It's here, we leave today!
Can you believe it? I sure can't.
The team got together at the church yesterday to 'pack up'. We took all our suit cases and all the donations and packed together. We ended up with 23 bags total. 20 at 50lbs each, 2 at 70 lbs each and 1 extra at another 50lbs. We were stuffed to the gills!
We have formula and candy and soccer balls and clothing and toothbrushes and health kits for the nannies and kids and widows..... we are sure not showing up empty handed. Pray that we make it through security and baggage in Addis with no issues. :o)
We are driving up to Washington DC tonight. We catch our plane Monday morning early.
We should be arriving in Addis on Tuesday morning early. We will freshen up, have an orientation then off to visit the Fistula hospital.
The next couple of days will entail working in the Orphans and Widow's homes in Addis that YWAM runs. We will also be visiting Korah the leper colony that first week.
Sunday I think is the day we head to Adama. We will stop in a little town called T'ede and see a ministry that's happening there.
We will then do some work in Adama at the orphanage and a widow's home.
Tuesday we will be heading out to a little village that has had some significant conversions from Islam to Christianity. The village is very poor in 'stuff' but full of the Spirit, so I hear. We are going to go love on them and take them some flour and gifts.
We will finish our adventure with a trip through the Awash National Park. We will spend the night there, then back to Addis on Friday the 16th.
We will do some last minute shopping and perhaps visit the Orthodox church. We shall see what unfolds as the weeks pass.
We covet your prayers.
Here is the team blog http://ethiopiamissionapril2010.blogspot.com/ if you want to follow along. We are going to try to update is as often as possible.
I will be back on April 17th. I didn't do anything fun like get guest authors so it'll be quiet around here. I am excited and nervous and joyous and scared and am going to miss the heck out of my family and friends, but I am looking forward to seeing what God will do. So many people have talked about how this will change the lives of those in Ethiopia. I fully believe it will change the lives of us on the team more. We will only be a short glimmer of light...I pray it's a bright shining one that looks just like Jesus!
Blessings to you all on this Resurrection Sunday!!!