Team Ethiopia: Arrival

Today we arrived around 7am. Our flight was smooth and we made it through customs very quickly. Nega (Director of Onesimus, The Forsaken Children’s partner Ethiopian ministry) and two children greeted us and took us to our guest house. We are doing well; however, we are all experiencing jet lag, headaches, & stomach issues. The altitude here is so high and it is very hard to breathe.The air is much different than ours.

When we arrived, we came to the guest house and stayed here for about 2 hours. Then, we went to a soccer game. We were able to see the Onesimus team play in their awesome University of Memphis Blue jerseys! It was fun to see the children and be welcomed by them so warmly. We are called “foringes”! At halftime, some of our team members went to play soccer with the kids.  My favorite part of the day was to hear two of the children sing in an Ethiopian accent, “I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back!”

The Onesimus' Soccer Team sporting University of Memphis jerseys

After the soccer game, we went to have lunch at a local place.

We could all barely keep our eyes open! Exhaustion is an understatement.

We can all agree that we have had to fully rely on God today. We have come to a country, where we don’t know the language, we don’t know where we are, but the only thing that is certain is that God is with us. God is showing us all patience.

More to come tomorrow, as of now we are going to get some rest…

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8 Responses to “Team Ethiopia: Arrival”
  1. Joe says:

    So glad you had a good flight. Get some rest and get ready for an extraordinary week. Praying for each of you.

  2. jp says:

    Awesome, guys! So glad you made it safe and sound. Now go get some rest. You’ll need it!

  3. Bonnie Mann says:

    Glad you all made it safely! Been praying for your team. I can vividly remember the kids singing I have decided to follow Jesus when I went a few years ago. Makes me wish I was there! Have a wonderful trip! Praying God uses you all in a mighty way!

  4. Katie says:

    Glad you arrived safely! Thanks for the update!

  5. Lynn Feathers says:

    So glad to hear y’all arrived safe and sound….Prayers for a wonderful trip where God shows his hand in might ways! Love and miss you Nicci NooNoo!!

  6. Tara Seiber says:

    So glad you all arrived safely! We missed you in church today and can not wait to hear you tell of the way God worked through each of you! Praying for you all daily!!

  7. Michelle Honnen says:

    you guys look great for being sleep deprived :) I see the pink tape on the luggage tradition carries on. makes my heart smile, like there is a little bit of me packed in each suitcase! I will never forget the sound of their precious voices singing I have decided to follow Jesus! Praise the Lord! praying!

  8. Cathy Burk says:

    So glad you arrived safely!! We are praying for you all to be used in a mighty way!! (sorry for the delayed comment!)

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