We arrived Sunday morning to a beautiful sunrise welcoming us to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One of the highlights this morning was getting off of the airplane onto the tarmac, and Wendy literally jumping and bouncing for joy that she had finally made it to Africa!

We got into town had a quick breakfast and drove through the countryside to Debre Zeit. As we arrived at the church some children were waiting to welcome us with roses, sashes and embraces. The opening ceremony was such a warm welcome. We had traditional dance from a choir, children, worship – some which was in Amharic and some in English, along with a presentation of the gospel from Sals, an LDP student (leadership development program). He was a child through the Compassion program at the age of 5 years old at our partner church, and has excelled spiritually, academically and is becoming a leader in his community.



At the conclusion of the ceremony we were served a traditional bread and traditional coffee and had time to greet some of the staff and elders. This is the 5th trip our churches have met together and we celebrated and thanked God for this partnership. It was a warm welcome and we are thankful for the growth in our relationship.







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