Shakin’ Sticks

I never quite understood the idiom “– more fun than you can shake a stick at,” but I try to use it often. It makes me feel like a gray-bearded grandpa playing a banjo. Well, I can honestly say that the process of developing prayer and financial supporters for our mission has been just that– a blast. If that comes as a surprise to you, know that it has been a shocker for us as well.

For the past couple of weeks, Emily and I have begun meeting individually with some local friends, sharing our vision for serving the next generation of leaders in Ethiopia. Over coffee and brownies we hear some of the wonderful and challenging aspects of their lives and share stories of how God has impacted our family in the last year.

As you may already know, we have been appointed as missionary staff with the SIM organization, and plan to be serving as teachers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 2 years.  For the next few months we are assigned the fun task of connecting with as many friends as possible to share the vision and give people an opportunity to partner with us in various ways.

So far, this process has been a priceless opportunity for me and Emily to fine-tune our communication skills with each other, and to invite others to join in an exciting work already going on in Addis Ababa.

If you are interested in some great brownies and ever better conversation, let us know. We would be thrilled to come over for a visit.

Sweet Pic

The orange lines may be The Gulf of Aden or the Red Sea—- we’ll never know. When I asked my 4 year old artist, she reared back slightly offended and requested more M&Ms.

Please pray for our little ones, Lauren, Anna, and Sarah. They are continuing to process this transition in a positive way, but we know there is a lot going on in those little heads and hearts.

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