Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mission Trip Day 3 and 4 - Travel and Loving


The day started off like this - another long walk down a hotel hallway - but we were believing this was the day that no challenges would stop us!


For the next 13 hours or so - this was our crew...

Sleepy-eyed but anxious!


Until finally - we landed in Addis Ababa!

After cruising SO SMOOTHLY through visa lines and customs (take note United Airlines - Ethiopian Airlines made you guys look like PlaySkool's My First Airline...) we found ourselves in the airport lobby patiently waiting for Nebiat to arrive!


Needless to say - we were PUMPED!


Nubian picked us up and took us straight back to the guest house where we dropped our bags and connected with our other team members...


And before we knew it we were on the ground being serenaded by the pre-school children at Connected in Hope's school!


Led by our sponsor-child Bisrat, we heard our good old favorite tune, "Big Fat Momma!"


There was plenty of hugging of other sponsored children...


And lots of new friend making!


Meron fell in love with Bisrat, who she promptly nicknamed "Bizzy" and he drug her all over the school grounds!


Even little Z-Dogg fell right in place - lining up with his hands on the shoulders of the other kids and following them right in to their classroom...


The goofballs got to spend some time in actual school settings and they took a stab at learning to write some Amharic!


Not too shabby Mebski Love, not too shabby!


But ya got some work to do to catch up to these guys!


We also didn't forget about the staff there...


These guys keep it running smoothly and the kids seem to love them all!


Overall - we just tried to hang out and love... whether it was at lunch...


or in a bear hug! We just wanted to try and be like Him.


Eventually - the shoes came off and got lined up...


and the kids filed in to their rooms for nap time.

We were pretty spent too and so we finally loaded up the van and headed back to the guest house.

After dinner we talked about the day a bit...


Until we realized that some of us were so tired that we had actually fallen asleep where we sat...


With the drama of the first two travel days all but forgotten - We all hit the sack early - tired but excited - to try and get some sleep so we could go at it again the next day.

1 comment:

K said...

Thank you so much for sharing! your family is an inspiration. I loved my time in Ethiopia and seeing these beautiful pictures makes me want to go back as soon as possible.