Sorry about the delay in blog updates.  We flew into Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Sunday and was greeted by the Ayele’s (our missionary friends that we have never met).  It was great to finally meet them in person.  They are the reason we made the trip to Ethiopia.  We spent one night in Addis and then drove to their hometown, Awassa, in the morning.  . . . . another long day driving in Africa, ughhhggg!!  We are staying with friends of theirs in a beautiful home – we hit the jackpot here!  It’s better than the Hilton anyday.  We don’t have very convenient internet availability though which is why the updates have been sparce – sorry.

We have spent the last couple days visiting orphans, visiting widows, recovering from malaria (Guy), eating odd food, and having a good time with new friends.  We’ve been stared at, begged from, heckled and loved.  Awassa is a really cool town, especially for being in Africa.  It’s like the Ashland, Oregon of Ethiopia except they don’t speak English like they do in Uganda.  It’s a separate and distinct culture from the sub sahara region of Africa.  In some ways it’s better and in some ways it’s not better – language and food are more challenging, but the crowds and roads and available transportation are much better and everything is a lot cheaper (well almost everything).

We are looking forward to spending a day on the lake and hoping to see some hippos.  We’ll try to fill you in on that before we head home.  There is so much more to say, but it’s just not convenient to get it all in on a borrowed computer/internet, so we’ll try to post more after we get home.

God bless you all!

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