After years of wishing, and months of planning, and days of packing, we are finally ready to set off on this great adventure to Ethiopia. We leave Tuesday morning, which is a ridiculously few hours from now. We’ve got meals planned for the guys at home, and hotels planned for the girls who are going, including, blessedly, my sister Sophie who has lived and worked in southern Ethiopia for the past five years. It will be such a blessing to have her there to translate and share her experience, and just hang out with.
I’m really excited to finally be able to see Soddo, the place where two of our girls were born. Soddo has also been Sophie’s workplace for the past five years, where she has cared for many pregnant women, offering them medical care that they might not otherwise get. She is closing that chapter in her own life now, but her friend and fellow nurse Jody Ross will continue on in that important work. (Sophie and I would both love it if you’d support Jody in continuing that work, if you feel so moved.)
We’ll also be visiting Harar, one of the most ancient cities in all of Africa, and the place where two other daughters were born. Some of our girls will be visiting extended family on this trip, though I will only be sharing as much about those visits as our girls are comfortable with me sharing.
My sister has warned me that internet access will likely be spotty, especially in Harar, and possibly even in Addis at times. But I will be writing as much as I can each day, and taking photos of all that we’re doing, so that I can use the internet whenever and wherever it happens to be.
Be praying for our family when you think of us during the next two weeks, will you? For safety and peace of mind for all of us when we are apart from each other, that we can be a blessing to the people we meet along the way, and also (most of all!) that this trip will be a blessing to our precious girls and their extended family. Doubtless this trip will stir up many emotions in us all.