Countdown to Africa: 2 Days, 1 Day, and Here We Go!

July 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

1015341_10151998955654848_1941480621_oTo say that the benefit concert at Scooter’s on Friday night was a success would be an understatement!  We had literally hundreds of people that came through all day Friday as well as a great crowd camped out listening to music and supporting Africa by buying coffee and tipping us during the evening.  Courtesy of some of the folks that came, here are a couple of pictures to sum up the evening…

Coffee House Pics 1003657_10201417328736044_1020614843_nIf you look closely, you can see that there was a line during the music as well as people sitting and enjoying the beautiful evening.  Thank you to Scooter’s and to all of the wonderful baristas who donated their time, their tips, and their hearts to helping us out!


All of the time, the planning, the logistics, and the prayers come together today to culminate in a life-changing trip to Africa.  As we packed last night to prepare to leave today, I was reminded how small we are in the scope of the world, and yet even our footprint makes an impact.  In Ethiopia, it is my prayer that our impact will not just be measured by our own standards, or the amount of needs met, but by the relationships that are fostered, the truths that are conveyed, and the beauty of being changed by serving.  We understand that we are not going to impart any part of our culture, but to embrace the culture that exists, and serve in any capacity we can within that culture.  I am excited to meet the beautiful people of Ethiopia and Eritrea that we will encounter, pour myself into them, and allow them to do the same to me.

Thank you for going on this journey with us…I will be updating through Elizabeth or on this blog as best we can, but we are unsure what connections will be like as we go.  We won’t be able to receive phone calls or voicemails, but will be able to converse at times by text message.  Continue to pray for safety as we travel, flexibility as we serve, and wisdom as we work with the children of Mai Aini!




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